David W. Stevens, age 81, of Amboy, Minnesota died peacefully on Saturday, July 16, 2011 surrounded by his family.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 21, 2011 at First Presbyterian Church, Amboy. Visitation will be held at Spencer-Owen Funeral Home in Winnebago on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Burial will be held at Pleasant View Cemetery near Amboy. Web tributes may be left at www.spencerowen.com
David William Stevens was born November 18, 1929 to Edward and Myrtle (Mead) Stevens in Mankato, MN. He graduated from Amboy High School in 1947 and then attended Mankato Business College.
On December 10, 1949 David was united in marriage to Iris Knudson at Albion Lutheran Church, St. James. David and Iris lived on and worked the family farm in Shelby Township until 1982 when they retired and moved into Amboy. David also spent 25 years in public service for Blue Earth County as County Commissioner, Emergency Services Director, and served on various local and state level committees.
David was a life-long member of First Presbyterian Church where he was director and later participant of the adult senior choir. David was a vocal soloist for church services, weddings, and funerals. He also sang with the Mankato Riverblenders. He most enjoyed singing with his own sons in the Stevens Quartet and later added his son-in-law and grandchildren to the singing group. David enjoyed camping, golfing, fishing, hunting, going to the cabin, and any time spent with his family. He was a charter member of the Amboy Lions Club.
David is survived by his wife, Iris; four sons: Doug, Amboy; Mike (Mary) of Mankato; Bob (Dara) of Vernon Center; Bill (Sandy) of Foley, MN; one daughter, Ruth (Dan) Lemmon of Amboy; 10 grandchildren: Michelle (Jared) Martig, Jon (Angela) Stevens, Becca Stevens, Angie (Clinton) Mellies, Andrew Stevens, Hallie Stevens, Brandon Stevens, Tyler, Tanner, and Trevor Lemmon; 3 great-grandchildren: Marshall and Marsha Martig, and Emery Stevens; brother, Kenneth (Eleanor) Stevens of Owatonna; sister-in-law, Claris (Wally) Ginkel of St. Paul, 5 nephews and 1 niece.
He is preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Marsha Kay Stevens; sister, Ruth Johnson; and brother-in-law, Russell Johnson.