SARANAC LAKE - William Wallace Stephenson, 86, of 673 county Route 55, Saranac Lake, died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, at Fletcher Allen Health Care Center in Burlington, Vt.
Born in Bloomingdale on Aug. 9, 1925, he was the son of William and Daisy (Brown) Stephenson. He married Patricia Strobel May 2, 1963, at St. Paul's Church in Bloomingdale.
Mr. Stephenson had been employed as a carpenter at the Adirondack Correctional Facility for 10 years until his retirement in September 1991. Prior to that he had been employed as a carpenter for Branch & Callahan for many years.
Mr. Stephenson is a past member of the Bloomingdale Volunteer Fire Department. He also played baseball for many years for the Bloomingdale Fireman.
Mr. Stephenson is a veteran of the United States Navy, serving during World War II, and had received the Asiatic Pacific Medal, American Theater Medal and Victory Medal.
He is survived by his wife Patricia; three sons: Michael and his wife Yvonne of Hornell, William of Bloomingdale and Robert and his wife Katie of Bloomingdale; one sister Harriet Limpert of Piseco Lake; two brothers: Roger Stephenson of Bloomingdale and James Stephenson of Lake Placid; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, mother, one sister Betty Rork, and two brothers, Robert and Albert Stephenson.
Calling hours will take place from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home. A fireman's prayer service will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday evening, immediately followed by a funeral service. Burial will take place at Brookside Cemetery in Bloomingdale in the spring.
Friends wishing to remember William Wallace Stephenson may make memorial contributions to Bloomingdale Volunteer Fire Dept. in care of the funeral home.
Family and friends can also share their memories and sign the online guestbook at fortunekeoughfuneralhome.com.