Robert Donald Stevens was born in Stettler, Alberta on August 31, 1940. Bob spent his entire life in the Erskine area. He attended school in the Union Hall district, Erskine and completed his final year of high school in Red Deer. Bob then returned to the family farm where he spent the rest of his life.
On December 23, 1953 Bob started dating Donna and they married on June 4, 1960 at the Stettler United Church. Their family began with the arrival of Michael Robert on October 13, 1961, followed by Darcy Wayne on May 31, 1964 and they completed their family on July 22, 1966 with the birth of Blaine Allen. Bob welcomed the arrival of grandchildren Kristin, Lance, Justin and Tyler; also the birth of great-granddaughter Alexa in the spring of 2012.
In Bob’s early years he enjoyed playing baseball and hockey. Later he enjoyed curling, camping, snowmobiling, card playing, bean bags, the Big Valley Jamboree and travelling. Bob and Donna travelled to BC, Hawaii and wintered in Arizona for many years. Bob was very community minded as he sat on several boards including the Stettler Seed Cleaning Plant, Stettler Feeder Association, Erskine United Church, Erskine Cemetery, and was a member of the I.O.O.F Lodge for many years. In 2010 Bob married Myrna and welcomed her family into his life including Ronnie, Lori, Mindy and families. They spent many enjoyable times together. Bob and Myrna continued to winter in Arizona. While there they spent numerous hours developing their new winter home and Happy Houring with friends. Bob and Myrna established a new acreage on the family farm of which they both enjoyed spending time working on their new yard.
Bob passed away suddenly in Red Deer on July 25, 2012 at the age of 71 years, after a brief battle with cancer.
A funeral service honoring Bob’s life was held on Monday, July 30, 2012 in the Heartland Chapel of Stettler Funeral Home with Reverend Helen Reed officiating. A very special tribute was given by Barry Stevens in memory of his brother. Organist Evelyn Strandquist played for the congregational hymns, Amazing Grace and In The Garden. A fraternal service was performed by the I.O.O.F Erskine Lodge #58 in memory of their Brother. Special recorded selection was Amarillo Sky by Jason Aldean. Following the service family and friends gathered together in the Heartland Fellowship Hall for a time of sharing memories and a luncheon prepared and served by the Erskine U.C.W. Acting as honorary pallbearers were Stu Marshall, Walter Haustein, Allyn Parr, Wayne Harrison, Neil Volker, Lynne McNeill and Ross Armstrong. Bob was laid to rest in the Erskine Cemetery, Erskine, Alberta with his nephew Larry Stevens serving as pallbearer. If desired donations may be made in memory of Bob to Erskine United Church, Alberta Cancer Foundation or S.T.A.R.S. c/o Stettler Funeral Home, Box 1780, Stettler, Alberta T0C 2L0, who were entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements. To send or view condolences to the family, please visit