Harlan Ross Stevenson, son of M. Ross Stevenson and Laura Irene Larsen Stevenson, was born on a farm near Maple Leaf, Iowa on November 22, 1929, and passed away on January 25, 2011 at the Regional Health Services, Cresco, Iowa.
Harlan’s education began in the country schools of Howard County. In 1942, the Stevenson family moved to a farm near Lime Springs and shortly thereafter Harlan entered grade school in Lime Springs. He graduated from Lime Springs High School in 1950. As a young child, a teenager and as an adult, Harlan worked long hours on the family farm.
November 3, 1951, Harlan and Phyllis Jane Johnson were united in marriage at the United Methodist Church, Lime Springs. One daughter, Laney, was born to this union. Harlan and Phyl have lived in their present home in Lime Springs for 53 years. Previously they resided in Lawton, Okla. for two years while Harlan served in the U.S. Army.
Harlan began his farming operation in 1951. He loved the land and enjoyed his chosen occupation until his retirement in 2006 due to health issues.
He was a faithful and regular attendant of the United Methodist Church and had served as Trustee and was currently Head Usher. Harlan was leader of the local boy’s 4-H club. He loved sports and coached the Lime Springs Men’s Softball Team for many years. Harlan was a member and Past Master of the Masonic Lodge and served many years on the Lime Springs Fire Department. Presently he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Howard Cancer Association (HoCA). He was currently Vice-President of the Lidtke Mill Board of Directors and loved the many hours he spent guiding tourists through this National Historic Site. Other hobbies included bowling, snowmobiling, reading and, dear to his heart, was his collection of John Deere memorabilia. Harley and Phyl were youth leaders in the United Methodist Church for eight years and are still benefiting from the tremendous loving, caring relationships with the youth whose lives they touched.
Family centered is the term which best describes Harlan’s active lifestyle. He never missed a basketball, softball, volleyball game; band performance; vocal concert; or L.S. Children’s Theatre Troupe presentations in which his daughter or granddaughters were participants. Grandpa was always available to give loving care to the family pets.
Preceding him in death were his parents and brothers Hollis, Lyle and Norman.
He leaves his wife Phyl; daughter Laney; granddaughters Kari and Sarah and great-grandson Tyler of Tiffin, Iowa, Lindsey of Stewartville, Minn., Kristen (Chip) of Lime Springs, Claudia and Husni Merhi of Ankeny, Deah and Ben Tindall, Julie, Samantha and William of Madrid, Iowa and Diane Merhi of Des Moines; brother and sister Gene and Mildred of Lime Springs; sisters-in-law Shirley Stevenson of Rochester, Minn., Mary Stevenson of Lime Springs and Ann Stevenson of Stewartville.
We, his family, offer praise and thanks to God for Harlan’s 81 years on this earth!
Visitation is Friday, January 28, 2011 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Lindstrom Funeral Home in Cresco. The memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 29, 2011 at the United Methodist Church in Lime Springs. Burial will be in the spring at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Lime Springs.
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