Stephen Denis Demosthenes of Mosier, Ore., passed away on May 29, 2018, after a six-month battle with cancer. He was 73 years old.
Stephen was born on July 10, 1944, in Indianapolis, Ind., to Harry and Betty Lou Demosthenes.
He was an amazing man, having an “edge” on his way of life. He was not an 8-to-5 kind of guy, but had rather a nonconformist but passionate and relaxed lifestyle. His many businesses were his lifestyle of passion.
He was a fashion designer. He handmade leather goods and owned and operated more than a dozen businesses, selling auto parts, clothing, roller skates, jewelry and Porches, in his lifetime. His first business was started while he was still attending high school in Indianapolis in 1963. It was called Greek’s Auto Parts.
Stephen moved to Key West in the 1970s to pursue his passion for windsurfing, and he owned and operated several businesses there. He came to the Gorge in 1985, continuing his windsurfing passion and love for adventure. He was known in the Gorge by his unique Porsche business in Mosier, “Route 30 Classics,” with roadside refreshments. He was an “extreme enthusiast for Porsches.”
Stephen valued friendships as if they were “family.” He was extremely loyal. He loved his dogs, Tara, Moondog, Baxter, Lulu and Rocky, several green-winged cockatoos, cats and tropical fish.
Stephen dedicated his life to God in Hollywood in 1978. He leaves behind many beloved friends, Porsche buddies, church family and the community. He will be greatly missed.
A memorial service will be held on June 30 at noon at Covenant Hood River, 455 Frankton Road (his home church). His ashes will be laid to rest in Idlewilde cemetery in Hood River, Ore. A memorial fund is set up through Covenant Hood River in honor of Stephen. All proceeds will go to Destiny Orphanage Center in Kasese, Uganda (covenanthr.org).
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