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Gerald Lloyd Stevens 75

Posted: 28 March, 2013

Gerald Lloyd Stevens 75 years, 9 months, 15 days of Randolph died Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at Colonial Manor,
 Randolph, NE.
                A celebration of Gerald’s life will be at the First United Methodist Church on Tuesday, April 2 lunch will follow at the Randolph City Auditorium, with burial in Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery at Norfolk with military rites conducted by V.F.W. Alvin Kessler, Post #5545, and American Legion Post # 113, Randolph.  Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, April 1st at the United Methodist Church with a 7 p.m. prayer service, under the Direction of Johnson Funeral Home in Randolph.
                Gerald, the son of Harlan L. Stevens and Freida M. Hilkemann Stevens, was born June 11, 1937 at their home south of Randolph in Pierce County.   When Gerald was 2 years old, his parents moved to their farm south of Randolph in Wayne County.  Gerald was the oldest of 5 children. He attended District 82 country school until the 8th grade when it was consolidated with Randolph Schools.  While helping on the family farm, Gerald graduated from Randolph High in 1954.  He enjoyed helping his dad in their mechanic shop repairing cars, trucks, and tractors. After graduating from high school, Gerald took a Diesel Mechanic correspondence course and continued to work with his father until March of 1955.  At that time, Gerald enlisted in the United States Army. He served in the Army for three years, completing basic training at Camp Chaffee, Arkansas, and then serving at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and two years in France.
Gerald married Karolyn Kay Beltz in Dixon, Missouri, June 7, 1958. Together, they farmed south of Randolph and raised four children.  Besides grain farming, they ran the Stevens Dairy for 39 years, had a beef cow herd, and fed out cattle. After his father’s death in 1966, Gerald took over the sale of Archer Oil, grain bins, and corn and soybean seed. 
                Gerald loved his family; he got great pleasure in family gatherings, especially when it involved playing cards and telling stories.  He was fond of watching his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren participate in sports, music concerts, Boy Scouts, 4-H, and horse shows.  Gerald was a dedicated and successful farmer, but also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and traveling and after retirement, golf.  Gerald also truly enjoyed spending time with friends whether it was participating in card club or having coffee at Pronto and discussing farming or Husker sports. 
                Gerald retired from farming in 2005, after his granddaughter Malinda and her husband Greg took over the family farm. He was very proud watching the farm branch out and grow with them knowing that all of the years of hard work he and Kay had put in on the farm would continue through them and for generations to come. After, retirement he and Kay did enjoy traveling more in addition to becoming “Snowbirds” living in Arizona for the winters. He and Kay then moved into the town of Randolph in 2008.
                Gerald is survived and will be greatly missed by his wife Kay of 54 years and three children, Karen (Jerry Sievers) of Norfolk, Nebraska, Don (Sherry Walls) of Glendale, Arizona, and Dan (Pam) of Overland Park, Kansas.  Gerald is also survived by seven grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.  Gerald also leaves behind two brothers, Delbert Stevens of Randolph, and Al Stevens (Karen) of Henderson, Nevada, and two sisters Marge Johnson (Lee) of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Sue Jensen (Wally) of Norfolk, Nebraska.  Lastly, Gerald is survived by his Uncle Harold Hilkemann, Aunts Virginia Hilkemann and Elsie Hilkemann Lockwood, many nephews and nieces, and extended family (John & Denise Aschoff family of Randolph).             
                Gerald was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents Harlan (1966) and Freida (2009), son David (1998), and his sister-in-law Joyce Stevens (2012).
                At the funeral, Gerald’s grandsons will be serving as pallbearers.  They are Nathan Stevens, Jacob Sievers, Andrew Stevens, Greg Villwok, Joe Miller, and Rocco Valenti.
Gerald’s granddaughters will be acting as honorary pallbearers.  They are Malinda Villwok, Malissa Miller, Carrie Valenti, Kristi Stevens, Kim Deck Stevens, and Amanda Thompson Sievers.
             Memorials will be given to the Randolph Methodist Church, the Randolph Fire Department, and the American Heart Association.  
Funeral Service Information
Funeral Services: United Methodist Church - Randolph
Date:       Tuesday April 2, 2013 – 10:30 A.M.  
Interment: Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery – Norfolk, NE
Military Rites:  V.F.W. Alvin Kessler Post #5545 and American Legion Post #113 – Randolph, Nebraska
Celebrant:  Reverend Brian Fong

Visitation: 3-8 P.M. with 7:00 P.M. prayer service all Monday at United Methodist Church in Randolph under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home of Randolph

Music:Organist:  Carolyn Lackas;  Soloist/Guitarist:  George Bradley “Be Not Afraid” Soloist:  Nancy Travnicek “Amazing Grace”
Congregational Singing:  “How Great Thou Art”;  Special Music – “You Gotta Stand For Something”
Pallbearers:   listed above
Honorary Pallbearers:  listed above
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