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Robert Stevenson

July 4, 1927 — June 23, 2017

Funeral services for Bob Stevenson will be on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 10:30 AM at First Lutheran Church in Morris. Visitation will be on Friday, June 30, from 4:00 - 7:00 PM, with a Masonic prayer service at 7:00 at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and will continue one hour prior to the services at the church on Saturday. Burial will be in Summit Cemetery.

Robert Maxwell Stevenson, son of Floyd and Bertha (Nicely) Stevenson, was born on July 4, 1927 in Morris, Minnesota. He grew up and attended school in Morris. In 1945, at the age of 17, Bob enlisted in the United States Navy, serving during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1947, and returned to Morris, graduating from Morris High School in 1947.

Bob was united in marriage to Harriet Tomlin on July 12, 1952 at First Lutheran Church in Morris. To this union, two daughters, Barbara and Kathleen, were born.

Bob worked at the State Highway Department and later started Stevenson’s Office Supply and License Bureau. In 1966, Bob was elected a Stevens County Commissioner. He was re-elected and continued to serve for the next 40 years until his retirement in 2006. Bob continued to live in Morris until the time of his death.

Bob was a member of First Lutheran Church, Morris V.F.W., American Legion, AmVets and the Masonic Lodge. In 1998, the Association of Minnesota Counties named Bob the Outstanding County Commissioner of the Year. In 2004, the Association of Minnesota Counties chose him to receive the Jim Parker Leadership Award from Community Health Services of Minnesota. He was one of the founders of County Based Purchasing, which led to the formation of PrimeWest, a health provider network that serves this region. Bob enjoyed hunting, fishing, dancing and spending time with family and friends.

Bob Stevenson, age 89, died peacefully at his home on Friday, June 23, 2017.

Bob is survived by his wife, Harriet Stevenson of Morris; two daughters: Barbara Stevenson of Morris and Kathy (Kevin) Sheehy of Savage, MN; one granddaughter, Marisa Stevenson of Minneapolis; one sister, Helen Jane Morrison of Alexandria; one brother, David (Susan) Stevenson of Morris; three nephews: Jim Morrison of Morris, Paul Stevenson of Temecula, CA and Jeff Johnson of Savage; and one niece, Sally Ward of Rockford, MN. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers-in-law, Ted Johnson, Edward Morrison and Tom Tomlin, two sisters-in-law, Betty Johnson and Shirley Tomlin, as well as one niece, Becky Stevenson.

Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris, Minnesota is in charge of the arrangements.

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