Edward Merrill Stevens, 89, of Celina, Texas, and formerly of Franklin, passed away Jan. 9, 2013, in Celina.
He was born Aug. 6, 1923, in Perry, Iowa, to Wendell E. and Edna (Flack) Stevens. He married Barbara Smith Terrill on Sept. 9, 2008, in McKinney, Texas.
Edward was a veteran of World War II, in which he served in the Merchant Marine in the Pacific and Japan. Edward was the second captain and navigator on the Glomar Explorer, the ship which was commissioned by the CIA to recover parts of the Soviet submarine K-129, which sank off the coast of Hawaii in 1968.
He was a member of the American Legion and was of the Protestant faith.
Edward was kind, generous and honest, a very decent man.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Stevens of Celina, Texas; grandson, Dave Evans and his wife, Chris; brother, Robert Stevens of Fairfax, Va.; and his niece, Pat Hill and her husband, Ken, of Kelso, Wash.
Edward was preceded in death by his parents, Wendell and Edna Stevens; brothers, Bud, Clarence, Dwayne and Donald Stevens; and his sisters, Aline, Garnetta and Josephine Stevens.
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