Nov. 15, 1933 -- July 1, 2015
Robert Ephraim Stevens, of Arnolds Park and Harlingen, Texas, was born on Nov. 15, 1933, in Presho, South Dakota, to Albert Stevens and Bertha Mairose. Bob graduated from Presho High School in 1951 and received his Radiological Technologist degree from St. Joseph's Technical School at Creighton University in 1953. Following his studies, Bob moved to Estherville where he met Janice (Jan) Demoney, who accepted Bob's hand in marriage in 1955. Bob and Jan became Winter Texans in 1997 and moved to Arnolds Park in 1998.
Professionally, Bob worked for Holy Family Hospital in Estherville for more than 40 years. Before retiring in 1996, he became known throughout the hospital for his smile and wisecracks, working as a Radiological Technologist and Purchasing Manager. He became known for his motto "Do your job and a little more."
Though Bob left his parents' farm as a young man, he never lost his fix-it attitude. Among his family and friends, Bob was known for his commitment to finish any project, usually bringing his wooden tool-box to lend a hand. He was a member of Kiwanis for more than 50 years and could always be counted on to help sell Christmas trees in December, flip pancakes at the Flight Breakfast, and struggle to erect tents in Iowa's fearsome wind. A dedicated servant of God, Bob was a member of the Knights of Columbus and active in the St. Patrick and St. Joseph communities.
Along with Jan, Bob was an avid square dancer. They traveled throughout the Midwest, and set floors ablaze around south Texas. Bob was an officer in the Bustle Rustlers Square Dance group and served as president.
Bob was also an avid golfer and stalwart member of Emerald Hills. He taught the game to his son and grandsons, playing his last round just a few months before his death.
Bob is survived by his sister Bernadette Falk of New Holland, Pennsylvania; his brother-in-law Edwin Demoney (Rosalie) of Arlington, Virginia; four children Teresa Slingerland (Rick) of Apple Valley, Minnesota; Joni Graeber (Dave) of Aurora, Colorado; Sara Gagliardi (Jack) of Arvada, Colorado; and Greg Stevens (Laura), of Milford. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, Stacy and Michael Slingerland, Gordon and Chris Lancaster, Matt and Dan Stevens, Natalie and Vincent Graeber, and Anthony Gagliardi, and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his his wife, parents, siblings Isabelle, Rachel, Cirella, Estelle, Cletus and grandson Lucas.