October 1, 2014

Doyle Gene Stevens

Doyle Gene Stevens, 84, of Gardner, Kan., passed away on March 18, 2013 at Kansas City Hospice House.   

Doyle was born Sept. 21, 1928 in Galena, Kan. to Thamer and Eva (Davies) Stevens.  He was a graduate of PittsburgHigh School and earned his BA and MA at KansasStateTeachers College in Pittsburg.  While there, Doyle met and married Joan Elizabeth Butler, his wife of 51 years, on March 29, 1956 in Nashville, Mo.  Doyle served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953 as part of the Occupation Forces in Germany, rising to the rank of corporal.  They lived in Topeka and moved to Gardner in 1958.  He was hired as Elementary Principal for the USD 231 School District, a position which he held for 30 years. 

Doyle truly enjoyed his years of retirement.  In the earliest years, he spent a good deal of time caring for his elderly parents and working to rebuild many different cars.  After purchasing a fifth-wheel camper, he and Joan began taking extended trips, traveling to Alaska three times, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia twice, the Canadian Rockies, and both coasts of the United States. 

His three grandchildren were very important to him and his time with them was very precious. 

Doyle was very involved in the AntiochCommunityBaptistChurch, teaching Sunday School for many years.  Music was always a big part of his life, from singing on the radio with his sisters when he was younger, to church specials and bursting into song at any time.  He was a loving family man and will be dearly missed by his family, friends, and community.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Joan in 2006, and his sister Vera Watts. 

Doyle is survived by his children, Darrell G Stevens and wife Melanie of Spring Hill, Kan. and Cherry A. Stevens of Gardner; three grandchildren; siblings Myrlene Jarmin, of Ozark, Mo., Thama Goddard, of Everton, Mo., Margie Smith, of Mindenmines, Mo., LaVeda Beebe, of Prince George, British Columbia, Dan Stevens, of Girard, Kan., and Della Rezen, of Parkville, Mo.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m., March 23, 2013 at the First Baptist Church of Gardner, 324 E Shawnee, Gardner, KS.  Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 22, 2013, at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS, (913)856-7111.  Burial will be held at 11 a.m., March 25, 2013 at FortScottNationalCemetery, Fort Scott, Kan.  Memorial contributions may be given to AntiochCommunityBaptistChurch or Kansas City Hospice House.  Condolences may be left at www.brucefuneralhome.com.

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