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Jeremy Stephen, 43 - March 08, 2016

Jeremy Rex Stephen, 43, of Cozad passed away Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Services were Monday, March 14, at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home with Matt Irish officiating. Burial took place at the North Platte Cemetery.
Stephen was born Dec. 29, 1972, to Rhonda (Irish) and Lewis Stephen at Cozad. As a child, the family moved to Sterling, CO, and he graduated Sterling High School in the Class of 1992.
Growing up, he found his passion in playing football and baseball, and he loved weight lifting, excelling in these competitive sports.
On Nov. 6, 1993, he was united in marriage to Lydia Saenz at Sterling. To this union, three children were born.
Stephen had several employers including Coca-Cola, Nebraska By Products, Gibbon Pack, Sutherland Ethanol Plant and Tyson. The family moved to Cozad to be closer to family in early 2000. After a divorce, he began a relationship with Carrie Naylor. To this union, two children were born.
He will be remembered for his athletic skills in football, according to family members. He was an avid Nebraska Cornhusker fan, not ever wanting to miss a single game, and he loved watching the Denver Nuggets.
Stephen loved spending time with his extensive family, attending his children’s and extended family’s sporting events and coaching his children. He also enjoyed riding horses, training dogs, hunting and fishing as well as participating in softball leagues and three-on-three basketball tournaments.
?He was preceded in death by: his grandparents—Ben and Verna Irish, and Lewis and Glennys Stephen; uncles—Bennett, Patrick, Melvin and Steven; cousin, Nathaniel Solie-Irish.
Survivors include: his children—Chase Stephen, Chyler (fiancé, Anthony Day) and Keragin Stephen, all of Cozad, and Carlyn Stephen and Collin Stephen, both of Bertrand; his parents, Lewis Stephen of Hays, KS, and Rhonda Stephen of Cozad; a brother, Stacey (Laura) Stephen of Gothenburg; his grandchild, Maleyna Day; nephews—Keyan Anderson, Holden Stephen and Trevin Stephen; his canine friends—Dee and Chippy; uncles—Ed Irish of North Platte, Bob Irish of Cozad and Ben Irish of Greeley, CO; aunts—Judy Irish and Trudy Delgado of Sterling, CO, Cindy Irish of North Platte; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Memorials are suggested to the family.