John “Toppy” Stephenson, a White Salmon area resident for over 65 years, passed away on September 8, 2020 in Portland, Oregon at the age of 82. Toppy was born in Sayre, Oklahoma on August 25, 1938 during a tumultuous period of American history. The 14th child of James and Bessie (Courtney) Stephenson entered the world as dust storms and hunger were pushing millions of families east in the hope of work. After a short stop in Arizona, the Stephensons settled in White Salmon. Three more brot...
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