Fred Stebbins

StebbinsFred Stebbins was called home to his Father’s House the morning of May 22, 2014. Born in Charlotte, Michigan August 5, 1923 to Lester and Carrie Stebbins, he was predeceased by brothers Richard, Don and Lauren Stebbins. His is survived by sisters Dorothy Gillis and Pauline Stebbins as well as brother, Ivan Stebbins and his wife Henrietta. Fred is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 64 years and their children, Cindy Stebbins, Sharon Stebbins, Col. Byron Stebbins USMC (retired) and wife Ann, Maj. Lee Stebbins USMC (retired) and wife Allyson, and Lori Demand and husband Jim; as well as grandchildren Ashleigh, Christopher, Travis and Elyssa Stebbins; and Austin and Audrey Demand. As a part of the greatest generation Fred served in the United States Air Force and Navy. After marrying his sweetheart Joyce in 1950 they moved to Texas where he worked as an engineer at NASA during the glory years of the Gemini and Apollo missions. Along the way Fred earned his PhD at Texas A&M and the family has continued in that proud Aggie tradition with the exception of a friendly rivalry with LSU. Many thanks go to Dr. Dhatri Kadali for her compassionate care and to all those at the transfusion department at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, especially Cathy. Visitation will be held at Crowder Funeral Home in Dickinson on May 27 from 5 to 7 PM. A funeral Mass will be celebrated May 28 at 11 AM at Shrine of the True Cross with reception to follow. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Shrine of the True Cross or the Dickinson Library.


  1. To Joyce and all my cousins,
    I have very found memories of Uncle Fred during the many trips I have taken to Texas to visit you all. Especially Fred showing us his wonderful garden and having him giving us different plants to take back to Michigan.

    We always felt welcomed in your home when we visited and will treasure all the great memories. Our Love & Prayers are with you all.
    Susan & Greg McLeod

    Susan McLeod
  2. My prayers are with you on this day tears. A fathers impression lasts a life time.

    We thought of you with love today,
    But that is nothing new.
    We thought about you yesterday.
    And days before that too.
    We think of you in silence.
    We often speak your name.
    Now all we have is memories.
    And your picture in a frame.
    Your memory is our keepsake.
    With which we’ll never part.
    God has you in his keeping.
    We have you in our heart.
    © Rose de Leon

    I hope these words will find a place in your hearts.

    From the Family of James J. Santos

    James J. Santos

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