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Charlie Stephens, 66, Independence, Missouri, passed away March 7, 2014. Mr. Stephens was born January 18, 1948 in Kansas City Missouri. Charlie graduated from North East High School in Kansas City, and was a lifelong resident of the Kansas City area. He honorably served his country in Vietnam as a member of the U.S. Army. He enjoyed fishing, gambling, barbeque’s with friends and family, his dog, Jake, eating, and simply, enjoying his time with friends and family, often, having conversations that never grew tiresome. He retired from EcoLab after 39 years of employment, in his retirement he worked part-time for Westlake Ace Hardware in Blue Springs, and continued to enjoy all his friends, hobbies, interests and family. He was known to have a 1 beer, with lime, limit on his nights out. Charlie was lovingly known to his 8 grandchildren as, Papa Charlie. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Stephens. He is survived by his loving wife, Kerri, his kids: Bryan Stephens, Cory Baird, Jennifer Bathgate, Michael Stephens, and Troy Roark, 8 grandchildren, and a brother, Carl Stephens. “He was the guy that always waved, the guy that was always willing to loan you a tool or a story!” He will be missed. Celebration services are pending at this time.