CDR John Wayne Stevenson, USN, 84, of Virginia Beach passed away suddenly on Friday, February 5th. Stevenson, affectionately known as “Commander” or “John Wayne” by family and friends, was a native of Middleburgh, New York. After graduating from Middleburgh Central High School ‘53 and Cornell University ‘57, Stevenson completed a 26-year career with the U.S. Navy, commanding multiple ships and serving in a variety of other postings and assignments at major navy bases around the world. Following his retirement as a decorated officer, from the Navy in 1984, he spent 20 years working for consulting firms and defense contractors in the Virginia Beach and Washington D.C. areas.
He was immensely proud of his family, whom he loved very much. He loved the sea, and took great pride in his rural roots, which fostered a lifetime love of gardening. He never met a stranger and was an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys.
Among many mourning his loss are Jean Ann Stevenson, his former spouse of 55 years; his children, Amy O ’Berry (Vernon), Ellen S. Douglas (Jeffrey), Denise Scaglione (Michael) and Frank John Stevenson (Julie); eight grandchildren; Michael (Morgan), Emma (Christian), Julie Ann, Vernon III, Jake, Maggie, Elijah Cole and Ethan. Along with many nieces and nephews, his very close friends at Marian Manor and many other lifelong friends from high school and his military career.
He was pre-deceased by his father, Arthur U. Stevenson; his mother, Susie Wood Stevenson; and three sisters: Helen Farrell, Marian Webber, and Esther Youngs.
Arrangements are being handled by Altmeyer Funeral Home in Virginia Beach, and he will be buried in Middleburgh, NY at a later date. Due to Covid-19, there will be no local service. Those wishing to make memorial donations in his honor are invited to consider gifts for Marian Manor, a Catholic retirement community in Virginia Beach, where he happily spent the last several years of his life and found an outlet for his constant drive to lead and serve.