Obituary – Gerald August Stevens

HARTINGTON — Gerald August Stevens, 89, Hartington, died Feb. 4, 2017, at the Hartington Care and Rehabilitation Center.
Visitation and a Vigil services were Feb. 9 at the Wintz Funeral Home, Hartington, and continued Friday, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Hartington, one hour prior to services.
Mass of Christian Burial was Feb. 10, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, with the Rev. Owen Korte officiating.
Private family burial was at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Hartington, with military rites by the Hartington VFW Post #5283.
Pallbearers were grandsons, Robert Stevens, Matthew Stumbough, Lucas Stevens and Jacob Stevens, and great-grandsons, Manny Valadez and Nico Valadez.
Gerald was born June 30, 1927, to Stephen and Veronica (Lubeley) Stevens. He graduated from Holy Trinity High School, Hartington, and Wayne State College. Before college, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy for the duration of WWII.
Gerald married Shirley Erickson Dec. 30, 1948, in Omaha. They were able to celebrate 68 years of marriage. Spending most of his life in Hartington, Gerald was employed by the Bank of Hartington, where he worked for over 40 years.
Gerald was active in many Hartington activities, including president of the Hartington Country Club when they raised money and built the club house; a long time board member and benefactor of the Hartington Public Library; and was Citizen of the Year in 1994. Gerald was a great champion for Holy Trinity Parish and the Catholic school system, sitting on many boards, usually in the finance committee. He was proud of being one of the original people to start an hour of Perpetual Adoration at the church and he continued to hold that hour, going every week, until he moved to Yankton two years ago. He was a Grand Knight in the Knights of Columbus.
Shirley and Gerald had numerous friends in Hartington. They started a couples’ bridge club with Kip and Joan Burney, Clarence and Lenore Hoesing, and Darlene and Don Miller. They played bridge Sunday nights for over 50 years and the bridge club and their families became like one large family.
Gerald is survived by his wife, Shirley; children, Chris (Frank) Tudor, Yankton, S.D.; Mary Stumbough, Phoenix, Ariz.; and Paul (Charlene), Milwaukee, Wis.; his sister and best friend, Dorothy Roskopf, Fort Worth, Texas; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Gerald was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Gene Stevens; and his sister, Lucille Petzel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cedar Catholic Development.