Donovan 'Donnie' Stephens


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Posted Online: March 01, 2013, 6:19 pm
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Donovan "Donnie" J. Stephens, 36, of Colona, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at Genesis Medical Center, Illini Campus, Silvis.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 5, at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, 6601 38th Ave., Moline. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 4, at the funeral home. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery. Memorials may be made to his family.
Donovan was born on March 9, 1976, in Moline, the son of Sonny and Sally LeMaster Stephens. He owned DJS Flooring in Colona and was well-known for his artistic tile setting. He married Laura M. Tackett on April 23, 2011, in Milan.
Donnie attended Heritage Wesleyan Church in Rock Island and was a member of the Greater Iowa Reef Society. He was an avid rider of all recreational vehicles and could fix anything. Donnie enjoyed camping, fishing, the outdoors and good times on the river. Above all, he loved life, people and his family and friends.
Survivors include his wife, Laura Stephens, Colona; children, Hailie Stephens, Nicholas Stephens and a baby due in April; brothers, Scott (Becky Sackville) Nelson, Silvis, and Dan (Audrey) Stephens, San Antonio, Texas; mother and stepfather, Sally Stephens and Dave Happel, Cambridge; father, Sonny Stephens, Moline; and grandmother, Vivian LeMaster, Moline.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Orville "Pete" LeMaster; and his grandmother, Lena Stephens.
Online condolences may be left for his family by visiting esterdahl.com.












 



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