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Orvin Stevens, 89 - March 19, 2013

Orvin Henry Stevens, 89, of Gothenburg died Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at Gothenburg.
Services will take place at the American Lutheran Church, Friday, March 22, at 10 a.m. with the Revs. Tom Wilson and Matt Coplen, and Lonna Grabenstein, PMA, officiating. Interment will be at the Gothenburg Cemetery.
A visitation will be conducted at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel in Gothenburg on Thursday, March 21, from 1 to 8 p.m., with family present from 5 to 7 p.m.
Stevens was born June 7, 1923, near Gothenburg in Dawson County, the son of Peter and Mary (Fickenscher) Stevens.
He was baptized on July 8, 1923, and was confirmed on March 17, 1940, at Christ Lutheran Church, northeast of Gothenburg.
Stevens attended Valley School and graduated from Gothenburg High School.
He was united in marriage to Lorene Grace Jobman on Nov. 23, 1947. The couple adopted two children. His wife preceded him in death after 56 years of marriage.
On Dec. 24, 2005, he married Shirley Province at the First Presbyterian Church in Gothenburg.
Stevens was an active lifetime member of the American Lutheran Church and served on various committees and church council as well as a Sunday School superintendent. He also served on the District 100R school board for six years.
He worked as a farmer and rancher until his retirement. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
Stevens was preceded in death by: his first wife, Lorene Stevens; his parents, Peter and Mary; a son, Harlan Stevens; brothers—Albert, Edward and Richard; sisters—Rosena Franzen, Marie Ellison, Katherine Vieselmeyer and Tillie Johnson; step-granddaughter, Kelly Jo Stalder.
Survivors include: his wife, Shirley Stevens; his daughter, Renee (Frank) Cordova; granddaughters—Becky (Jeremy) Bartels and Jennifer Cordova; a grandson, Franky Cordova; seven great-grandchildren; step-daughters—Sherry (David) Heun, Nancy (Bruce) Ouderkirk, Linda Province and Patti Vesley; nine step-grandchildren and 18 step-great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Paul Johnson; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Memorials are suggested to the American Lutheran Church, 1512 Ave. G, Gothenburg, NE 69138, and the Gothenburg Senior Center, 410 20th St., Gothenburg, NE 69138.

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