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Feb 1953

Business, Civic and Farm Leader Victim Pulmonary Embolism.

Head of Stephan Implement Company Fatally Stricken Early Today (4 Feb 1953) While convalescing From Accident Injury.


Mt. Vernon and Posey county today mourned the un expected death of an outstanding business, civid and agricultural leader, Elmer J. Stephan.  The 60 year old manager of Stephan Implement Co., died at 8:15 o'clock this morning at his home at 733 E. Fifth St.  He was convalescing after a communuted fracture of the left knee cap in an auto accident on Jan 16.  A post mortem autopsy performed today revealed a pulmonary embolism as the cause of death.


Mr. Stephan returned to his home from the Deaconess Hospital in Evansville Monday afternoon having been confined there for treatment of the injured knee.  Although he was restless last night his condition was not viewed as serious until it began to worsening early today.


The body is at the Short Funeral Home where it will remain through a brief funeral service scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday in the Short chapel.  Following the chapel service it will be taken to Salem Evangelical & Reformed Church in Marrs township for a service at 2:30 o'clock that will precede burial in the church cemetery.  Friends are invited to call at the funeral home after Thursday noon.


Surviving are the devoted wife, nee Clara Boerner, whose marriage to Mr. Stephan took place 40 years ago; a son, Melvin A. Stephan, Marrs township; a daughter Mrs. Elvis Gentil, Mt. Vernon; four grandchildren; the aged mother, Mrs Henrietta Stephan, Mt. Vernon; a brother, Adam Stephan, Mt. Vernon and three sisters, Mrs. Orteze Connell, Detroit, Mrs. Earl Phillips, Evansville, and Mrs. Sylvester Huck, Mt. Vernon.


A native of the Salem Evangelical & Reformed Church vicinity in Marrs township, a son of Paul and Henrietta  Roth Stephan, Mr. Stephan was a Marrs township farmer until 1937 when he founded the Stephan Implement company in Mt. Vernon, which developed into one of the Tri-State's largest equipment enterprising farm equipment sales and service firms.  With his son, Melvin A; associated with him, he continued to pursue his farming interests that included 40 year operation of the Crunk lands in Marrs township.  Eleven years ago he built a modern home on East Fifth street and moved to Mt. Vernon.


His entire business career was distinguished by a solid integrity and progressive policies that assured its success.  Successively, with members of the family as business associates, he established Stephan Home Appliance and Stephan Farm Supplies.  Lat last summer he completed the modern farm equipment plant on Road 62 at the east gateway of Mt. Vernon and moved his farm equipment firm to the location from 418-22 Main St.


Successful in his own endeavors, he directed his tireless energy and alert thinking into varied undertakings for the advancement of the Mt. Vernon community which he loved so well.


He was the only man to serve three successive years as president of the Mt. Vernon Chamber of Commerce, 1944, 1945 and 1946.  Much of the ground work now evident in the assured Wabash river bridge northwest of Mr. Vernon was laid during his administrations.  He served the civic organization for man years as a director but in 1952 asked that he be relieved of an official role.


Few individuals had contributed more to the building of better relations, between rural and urban residents.


He had been a director of the Mt. Vernon Bulding & Loan Association for a number of years and active in affairs of that institution.


He was a life-long member of Salem Evangelical & Reformed Church in Marrs township, serving in official capacities and being a member of the finance and building committee of the church at his death.


His fraternal affiliations were with Mt. Vernon lodge, No 277, Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks, and Mt. Vernon lodge, No 49, Independent Order of Odd Fellows.


Mr. Stephan found his chief relaxation and pleasure as an ardent outdoor sportsman.


He was a trapshooter of wide reputation, having participated in state and national shoots.  The sports of field and stream likewise attracted his interest.  A prime move in the organization of the Mt. Vernon Gun Club he had served as its president -treasure during the entire existence.


Progress and growth dominated his every undertaking and his success exemplified a constant desire for advancement which he translated into achievement through hard work, honest and good judgment that were synonymous with his name.


Originally submitted by Betty Sellers