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Howard L. Stephans

July 10, 1949 ~ January 10, 2020 (age 70)


Stephans, Howard L. (Skip) passed away on Friday, January 10, 2020 at the age of 70. Skip, as he was known, was born to Howard and Betty (Broder) Stephans on July 10, 1949 in Allegan.

He was a graduate of Hopkins High School. He worked most of his life in the automotive industry. He traveled the state of Michigan in sales early in his career. He owned and operated The Auto Shack, parts and service on Burton Street, Wyoming, MI for many years. He also worked as service advisor at Good GMC on Clyde Park, Wyoming, MI and Veenstra’s Garage on Fulton Street, in Grand Rapids. Skip was known for his expertise in all things automotive and his excellent customer service. Skip built a loyal clientele and formed many friendships throughout his career. Skip enjoyed attending the Daytona 500. He was an avid sports fan - auto racing, baseball, football, and most anything to do with sports. Attending the grandchildren’s games was his joy after retirement. He’d always bring refreshments for family and friends. Skip always had wise words of advice along with a quick wit.

He will be missed and lovingly remembered by his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Stanley (Gene) Stephans; sister, Bonnie Funk; and brothers-in-law Gary Funk and Mike Gensler. He will be deeply missed by his wife, Linda Stephans; children Valerie (Roger) Lam, Brett Stephans, Mark (Wendy) Stephens, and Matthew (Shanda) Stephens; grandchildren Ashtin, Shane, Brett, Grace, Matthew Jr., Leanne, Vandel, Shannon, Austin (Joanna), Dylan, and Seth; great-grandson, Jameson; siblings Linda (Mel) Stoepker, Diane (Larry) Reed, Denise (Tim) Connor, and Betty Gensler. 

Visitation with the family will be held from 5-8 PM on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at Kubiak Cook Funeral Home, 4330 - 18th St., Dorr, with a Vigil beginning at 5 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 AM on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at St. Mary’s Visitation Catholic Church, 2459 - 146th Ave. SW, Byron Center.   Father Christopher Derda will be officiating.     

In honor of Skip, and in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Faith Hospice. 

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January 14, 2020

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Kubiak-Cook Dorr Chapel
4330 - 18th St.
Dorr, MI 49323

Mass of Christian Burial
January 15, 2020

11:00 AM
St. Mary's Visitation Catholic Church
2459 146th Avenue
Byron Center, MI 49315

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