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Robert Stevens, 89 - November 12, 2008

Robert “Bob” Allen Stevens, 89, of Eustis, died Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. He was in the company of his sons and daughter at the time of his death.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the United Methodist Church at Eustis with the Revs. Tess Hufford and Irwin Edwards officiating. Burial took place at the Westview Cemetery at Eustis with military honors.
Stevens was born on April 4, 1919, at Eustis to Fred and Della (Pickering) Stevens. He graduated from Eustis High School in 1936 and was a life-long resident of the Eustis-Farnam community.
He served with the U.S. Army during World War II, where his time overseas was spent in the Philippines.
On June 13, 1944, he married Donna Belle McNeal of Gothenburg. The couple lived five miles west of Eustis, where he was raised as a child and where he resided his entire life.
Stevens was employed for some 40 years with CNPPID (Tri-County), based out of Gothenburg.
He was a member of the Eustis United Methodist/Evangelical United Brethren Church for over 50 years where he was involved in many areas of the church. He was a certified lay minister and was honored in 1982 as “Lay Minister of the Year.” He substituted at approximately 70 pulpits throughout the state of Nebraska.
Stevens was also a member of the Odd Fellows and served as the state chaplain for the organization and was a member of the Eustis American Legion Post No. 257 and Rotary Club.
He was chosen Burgermeister at the Eustis Wurst Tag Days in 2001, and was the Veteran Service Officer for Frontier County.
?Stevens was active in numerous community organizations and events and served on the Eustis School Board for over 20 years as well as holding numerous other local and state offices and receiving various state honors.
?He had many joys in his life including his family and watching his children and grandchildren participate in school, community and church activities, according to family members.
Stevens loved and was loved by others and never knew a stranger, the family said.
He also enjoyed raising cattle and, in his earlier years, umpiring baseball and softball games, according to family members. He was an avid fan of the New York Yankees and the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Stevens was preceded in death by: his wife, Donna Belle (McNeal) Stevens; his son, Kim Robert Stevens; a granddaughter, Elizabeth Daphna Stevens.
Survivors include: three sons—Fred (Marlys) Stevens of Henderson, NV, Robin (Lynnette) Stevens of Schuyler, and Mac “Neal” Stevens of Eustis; a daughter, Mar-lynn Knigge of Kimball; daughter-in-law, Donna Stevens of Kearney; 11 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; life-long school mate, Wilbur Gall; numerous other relatives and friends.
A memorial has been established.
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