Okey "OC" Conrad Stevens, 81, a resident of Amherst, passed away Monday, September 3, 2007 at New Life Hospice Residential Center in Lorain following a lengthy illness. He was born July 18, 1926 in Piketon. Okey was raised in Thacker, WV for 26 years. He then moved to Springfield and Lorain before moving to Amherst where he had made his home for the last 55 years.
Okey served in the United States Army during World War II in the Pacific Theater. He fought in the battle of Luzon where he received the Asiatic Pacific Theater Medal with one Bronze Star, the Philippine Liberation Medal with one
Bronze Star, the Good Conduct Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, and the Occupation Ribbon. Okey also served as a Army Reservist from 1947 until 1954.
He was employed as a Layout Inspector for Avon Lake Ford Plant for 33 years before retiring in 1991.
Okey was a member of Amherst Church of Christ, and the Amherst American Legion Post #118.
He enjoyed collecting patriotic items and woodworking.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Lois Stevens (nee Ferrell); his son, Joseph Conrad Stevens of Vermilion; his daughters, Donna Susie Fleming of Amherst, and Bertha "Birdie" Stevens of Norwalk; four grandchildren; and six
He was preceded in death by his brothers, William, Herbert, Watt, Ralph, Charles and Hubert Stevens; his sisters, Zella Stevens, Thelma Castle, Hazel Lottes, Alka Frederick, Dixie Wolford, Beulah Dotson, Helen Hicks; and by his parents, Watt L. And Bertha Stevens (nee Castle).
Friends may call Wednesday from 7 to 9 P.M. and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 P.M. at Hempel Funeral Home, 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst. Funeral services will be Friday at 10 A.M. at Amherst Church of Christ, 591 Washington St. Rev. Curt Bedwell, pastor, will officiate. Military honors will be given by the Amherst Veterans Military Honor Guard. Burial will be in Rest Haven Memorial Garden, Avon.