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Eric Stevens

Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 12:02 p.m. CDT

Eric Arthur Stevens, 39, passed peacefully on Friday, June 27, 2014, with his wife, and a good friend and fellow soldier by his side at the VA hospital in Houston, Texas, as his battle with cancer ended.

Eric was born on Oct. 29, 1974, in Princeton to Faith and Richard Stevens. He was a 1993 graduate of Princeton High School.

In 1992, Eric enlisted with the U.S. Army and shortly after moved from Princeton to Ft. Hood, Texas. Eric served in multiple tours overseas including Bosnia and two tours to Iraq, as well as taking part in multiple flood assistance missions, hurricane recovery missions and the recovery of the Space Shuttle Columbia. He proudly served in the U.S. Army and the Texas Army National Guard. Eric retired from the military on April 15, 2014, with 21 1/2 years of service.

Eric is survived by his wife, Naty Stevens; a daughter, Cheyenne Stevens; a grandson, Gideon; his grandparents, Dora Gibbs, and August and Shirley Stevens; his parents, Faith and Richard Stevens; his siblings, Kirk Stevens, Suzanne McCauley and Laura Jablonski; a sister-in-law, Amy Stevens; his brothers-in-law, Martin McCauley and Josh Jablonski; a niece, Madlyn Stevens; and his nephews, Ty and Ryan Stevens, and Asher and Gavin Jablonski. He is further survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, and many, many friends. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Roy Gibbs.

Eric will be fondly remembered as a proud patriot, loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and cherished friend.

Eric was buried in Houston, Texas, at Houston National Cemetery on July 3, 2014.

A special memorial service open to all area friends and family will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at Princeton Bible Church, 21890 U.S. 34, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, the family requested that donations be made in Eric Stevens’ memory to Saveavet.org (military and law enforcement working dog rescue and support (www.save-a-vet.org/d7/donate) or Wish For Our Heroes.

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