Gothenburg Resident: Orvin Henry Stevens, age 89 (1923-2013)

Orvin Henry Stevens, 89, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died March 19th, 2013, in Gothenburg.

He was born June 7th, 1923, near Gothenburg, in Dawson County, Nebraska, son of Peter and Mary (Fickenscher) Stevens.

Orvin was baptized July 8th, 1923 and was confirmed on March 17th, 1940, at the Christ Lutheran Church, northeast of Gothenburg.  Orvin attended Valley School and graduated from Gothenburg High School. He married Lorene Grace Jobman on November 23rd, 1947, they adopted two children. Lorene preceded him in death after 56 years of marriage.

Orvin married Shirley Province on December 24th, 2005, at Presbyterian Church in Gothenburg.

Orvin was an active lifetime member of the American Lutheran Church. He served on various committees and church council, and was also a Sunday School Superintendent. He was on the 100R school board for 6 years. He was a farmer and rancher until his retirement. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
Surviving are wife, Shirley Stevens; daughter, Renee (Frank) Cordova; granddaughters Becky (Jeremy) Bartels and Jennifer Cordova, 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; brother-in-law Paul Johnson, along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Orvin was preceded in death by first wife, Lorene Stevens; parents; son, Harlan Stevens; brothers Albert, Edward and Richard; sisters Rosena Franzen, Marie Ellison, Katherine Vieselmeyer, Tillie Johnson and step granddaughter Kelly Jo Stalder.

Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg on Thursday, March 21st, 2013, from 1 p.m.-8 p.m., with the family present from 5-7.

Funeral Services will be held at American Lutheran Church, Friday, March 22nd, 2013, at 10 a.m. with Pastor Tom Wilson, Rev. Matt  Coplen, and Lonna Grabenstein PMA officiating.

Interment will follow in the Gothenburg Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the American Lutheran Church, 1512 Avenue G, Gothenburg, Nebraska 69138 or Gothenburg Senior Center, 410 20th Street, Gothenburg, Nebraska 69138.

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