Gerald August Stevens, age 89 of Hartington, Nebraska died on Saturday, February 04, 2017 at the Hartington Care and Rehabilitation Center.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, February 10, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington with the Rev. Owen Korte officiating. Private family burial will be at St. Michael's Cemetery in Hartington with military rites by the Hartington VFW Post #5283. Visitation will be on Thursday from 5-7:00 p.m. with a Vigil service at 7:00 p.m. at the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington. Visitation will continue on Friday, at church, one hour prior to services.
Pallbearers are grandsons Robert Stevens, Matthew Stumbough, Lucas Stevens, Jacob Stevens and great-grandsons Manny Valadez and Nico Valadez.
Gerald was born June 30, 1927 to Stephen and Veronica (Lubeley) Stevens. He graduated from Holy Trinity high school in Hartington and Wayne State College. Before college, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy for the duration of WWII.
On December 30, 1948, Gerald married Shirley Erickson in Omaha, Nebraska. They were able to celebrate 68 years of marriage. Spending most of his life in Hartington, Gerald was employed by the Bank of Hartington, where he worked for over 40 years. Gerald was active in many Hartington activities, including president of the Hartington Country Club when they raised money and built the club house, a long time board member and benefactor of the Hartington Public Library and Citizen of the Year in 1994. Gerald was a great champion for Holy Trinity Parish and the catholic school system, sitting on many boards, usually in the finance committee. He was proud of being one of the original people to start an hour of Perpetual Adoration at the church and he continued to hold that hour, going every week, until he moved to Yankton two years ago. He was a Grand Knight in the Knights of Columbus.
Shirley and Gerald had numerous friends in Hartington. They started a couples' bridge club with Kip and Joan Burney, Clarence and Lenore Hoesing, and Darlene and Don Miller. They played bridge on Sunday nights for over 50 years and the bridge club and their families became like one large family.
Gerald is survived by his wife, Shirley, children, Chris (Frank) Tudor of Yankton, Mary Stumbough of Phoenix, Arizona, and Paul (Charlene) of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and his sister and best friend, Dorothy Roskopf of Fort Worth, Texas. He has 10 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Gene Stevens, and his sister, Lucille Petzel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cedar Catholic Development.
Messages will be reviewed and posted within 1 business day.
You have our deepest sympathy in the loss of Gerald. May God bless you with the strength to deal with the grief.
Cyril and Laverta Mauch
I loved this man. I grew up with him & Shirley as a very special part of my life. I will miss him.
Sheila Rossiter Olsen
Paul and family,
My deepest sympathy to you and your family on your Dad's passing. I have fond memories of time at your house during high school.
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Char (Stevens) Flint
Paul and Family, So sorry for the loss of your father. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Love, Randy and Linda
Dear Paul and Family, our deepest sympathy for your great loss. May fond memories of your Dad help comfort you during this difficult time. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
Love Parker and Lynn
So sorry to hear of Gerry' passing. Thinking of you, Shirley, and praying for you and your family. May the peace only Jesus can give be yours today and always.
My dear sweet godfather, whom I love,admire and aspire to be like. My sympathy to all my beautiful family, you are always in my heart, but especially at this time.
Anne (Petzel) House
Dear Stevens Family- my heart goes out to all of you. So many fond memeories with Gerry, especially when he had to carry his 3 horrible golf partners during Rick's 40tj B-Fay party. I also remember all the Friday evening sitting in the coolest screened in sun porch. We thought we were the coolest kids, sharing the evening with our parents, Shirley and Gerry and the rest of the crew. Sending my sincere condolenses and my thought and prayers are with you. I will be thinking of you all on Friday. Please give Shirley the biggest squeeze for me. God Bless you all.
Dear Chris, Krista, Katie, Karmen, Manny, Nico, and Aurora:
Gerald played a huge roll in shaping three generations of the best people I know. He will surely be missed. Especially at the dinner table on Christmas Eve.
You're in my thoughts during this difficult time.
Deepest condolences Chris. Jerry will be missed. His vitality as a younger man will be remembered forever as an important part of Hartington. We are confident that the Lord has welcomed Jerry with open arms for his heavenly reward.
Lynn and Allen
Dear Stevens Family, Sue, Katie and I send our deepest condolences. Our best memory of Jerry is when he and Shirley visited us while we were stationed in England. We got to tour the English, Welsh, and Irish countrysides and have the best time.
Bruce and Susan (Becker) Mundie
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