Doanld Joseph (Steve) Stevens was born April 3, 1918, in Le Mars, the son of Albert and Alice Mohan Stevens. He graduated from Le Mars Central High School in 1937 and from the American Dry Cleaning Institute. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Albemarle during World War II. Don married Phyllis Margaret McGraw in 1948.
Don and Phyllis owned and operated Stevens Cleaners for 32 years. He was an enthusiastic member of the Elks, a proud charter member and past president of Sertoma and an American Legion member for 59 years. Although he traveled to distant places Don thought there was no better place to live than Le Mars ("so many nice people").
We will miss his spirit, his humor and his voice.
A devoted father and grandfather, he is survived by his two daughters, Judi (Jerry) Hoffman of La Crosse, Wis., and Dr. Patricia Stevens-Kopf (Barry) Kopf of Omaha, Neb.; his special friend Pat Dimmick; three granddaughters, Stephanie (Tim) Thiede, Andrea Hoffman and Kelli Kopf; four great-grandchildren, Ashlee Hoffman, Ryan, Justin and Emily Thiede and close friends Dean and Sandy Shroll.
He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; sister, Marie Kuster and brother, Albert.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, 2007, at St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars with Father James Tigges officiating. Burial of his cremated remains will be in Calvary Cemetery, with military honors provided by the Wasmer American Legion Post #241. Visitations with the family present will be from 2 p.m. until service time Dec. 28 at the church.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.
Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer's Association or the Humane Society.