Mike was preceded in death by his father and mother, Luther and Christine Stephens; two brothers, James and Gary. He leaves behind his beloved wife Candy; three remarkable sons, Jason of Houston, TX, Justin and his wife Stephanie Rapp Stephens of Roswell, NM, Jonathon and his wife Heather Knowlton Stephens of Roswell, NM; his nephew, Jimmy Stephens and wife Connie; his niece Jamie of Albuquerque, NM. Mother-in-law Ella Himebaugh of Roswell, NM, two brothers-in-law Boyd Himebaugh Jr. and his wife Shyrl of Arlington, TX and John Himebaugh of San Diego, CA; first cousins, Janet Campbell of Nap Valley, CA, Buddy Harbuck, Betty Good and Jorene Poland of Roswell, NM; three aunts, Josephine Ponts of California, Barbara Milam of Oklahoma and Thalia Legg of Florida. Best military mate, Richard Ward of Roseburg, Oregon.
Thirteen grandchildren: Madison Christine (13), Jackson Boyd (11), Judson Bill (4), Jameson (2), Jaydon Michael (13), Kaylee Christine (11), Ashlynn Mary-Jean (8), Jacob William (12), Emily Marie (6) and Michael Jay (4) Stephens, Rylan (10), Jude (9) and Harley (5)Ruiz.
Mike enlisted in the United States Army in 1965. He served in the Vietnam War achieving a Combat Infantry Badge, Vietnam Service Metal with Bronze Star and Overseas Service Bar (I) RVN as a sharpshooter.
Mike was a master carpenter and a general contractor who designed and built custom homes in the Roswell area for over 30 years. Mike was married for 43 years to Candy and was of protestant faith. He was a loving husband, dedicated father and his world revolved around his grandchildren and family. Mike’s greatest joy in life was giving back to his family through his selfless and loving acts.
Pastor Rick Rapp of Gateway Church and Pastor Ed Elliott of Grace Community Church will lead Mike’s Celebration of Life Service on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 10 am at Gateway Church, 1900 N. Sycamore Avenue in Roswell. Roswell Veteran’s Honor Guard will conduct military services.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.