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Retired Trooper Max Stephens

Retired Trooper Max Stephens (XK-140) passed away on November 14, 2016 in Newton, Kansas.  Max served from July 5th, 1955 to February 17, 1981.  His last duty station was Wichita on the Kansas Turnpike.   The Funeral will be held at the Peterson Funeral Home, 215 N Main St. Newton, Kansas 67114 ((316) 283-2525).  The services will take place at 13:00 hours on Friday, November 18, 2016.  Site commander will be Lieutenant Jason Hoffman.  The uniform of the day will be Class B.  Those attending are asked to be at the funeral home by 12:30 hours.  There will be no graveside services at this time. Below is the Obituary published in the Newton Kansan. (Click here to share your condolences)

Max L. Stephens

1929 - 2016
Max L. Stephens, 87, went home to be with the Lord on Monday (Nov. 14, 2016).

Max was born May 9, 1929, in Pierceville, as the eighth child born to Leonard and Lenna Stephens. He was preceded in death by all his siblings.

He married Burna Marie Hasz on Dec. 5, 1954, who died in June of this year. They have three children: Carla Stephens of Sedgwick, Leonard and Miyon Stephens of Utah and Bradley and Shellie Stephens of Walton.

He is survived by his children, eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren as well as a host of nieces, nephews and friends. He loved people and he loved life. He will be missed so very much. 

Max's greatest pride, besides his family, was his work for the Kansas Highway Patrol. He wore the uniform and served the public with honor for 27 years. After his first retirement, he went to work as superintendent of Lake Afton for 10 years, before finally retiring for good and setting off to travel with his wife.

Max spent his entire life serving the public; he was larger than life and his heart was even bigger. He loved people and he was tough, but always fair. He worked hard and he played hard and he earned the respect of everyone he met.

Funeral service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday (Nov. 18, 2016) at Petersen Funeral Home Chapel in Newton.

An internment will occur at a later date at the Veteran's Cemetery in Winfield.

A memorial has been set up for Butler Foundation – for future Nursing Scholarships, Butler Community College at 901 S. Haverhill, El Dorado, KS 67042. 

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