FAIRPORT, N.Y. — Clyde Ray Stephens entered eternal rest on Sept. 17, 2017 due to complications with pneumonia.

Clyde was born on Dec. 31, 1933 in Inman to Orville and Irma Stephens.

His brother, James, followed six years later and became his best friend as they grew up together. They worked as a team with their parents on the family farm, which Jim still manages today.

Clyde attended Bethany College in Lindsborg where he met his sweetheart, Mary Evalyn Swanson.

He then went on to join the service for training to become a U.S. Navy pilot.

On July 20, 1957, Clyde and Mary Evalyn were married. They were married over 60 years.

Cylde flew P2V bombers for four years as a Navy lieutenant. His time in the service took him many places.

He and Mary traveled extensively and met many wonderful people.

Clyde continued his education and graduated with a masters degree from Kansas State University.

On Oct. 19,1959, a daughter, Denise was born in Whidbey Island, Washington. On Jan. 16, 1962, a son Greg was born in Patuxent River, Maryland.

Clyde was a devoted father and enjoyed many activities and vacations with his family.

Clyde is survived by wife Mary Evalyn of Fairport, daughter Denise (Ron) Kendt of Webster, brother James (Sophia) Stephens of Inman; grandchildren Stephanie and Jeffrey Hibbard, Adam (Megan) Stephens and Kimberly Stephens with fiance Bryant; nephews Bob (Renee) Swanson of Michiga, Carl (Jan) Swanson of Greenville, North Carolina, Annel (Travis) Scates of Derby, Daren Stephens of Oklahoma, Kim (Kevin) Attleson of Bella Vista, Arkansas and Scott Carlson of Manhattan, Kansas.