JANUARY 8, 1917 - SEPTEMBER 4, 1985

Glenn Merlynn Stevens, 68, R1, Osawatomie, died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 1985, at the Trinity Lutheran Hosptial in Kansas City, Mo.

He was born Jan. 8, 1917, in Fontana, the youngest child of Louis N. and Alice Battersby Stevens. His father was killed in a train accident two weeks before his birth and his mother died of pneumonia three days after he was born. His Aunt Maggie and Uncle George Kizer of Beagle raised him with their daughter, Grace, who was like a sister to him.

He graduated from the Osawatomie High School in 1935. After graduation he attended Kansas State University at Manhattan. He enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps Nov. 4, 1942, in Fort Leavenworth and was honorably discharged Feb. 20, 1946.

Mr. Stevens was employed for both the Missouri Pacific and Rock Island railroads as a machinist. He retired in March 1980 with 40 years of service.

He was united in marriage to Betty Jean Dedrick in Fontana May 2, 1945. They made their home on a farm southwest of Osawatomie. They became the parents of a son and a daughter.

Mrs. Stevens was a member of the Beagle United Methodist Church and attended the Assembly of God Church in Osawatomie.

He was a member and past master of the Parker Masonic Lodge No. 341.

The survivors include his wife, Mrs. Betty Jean Stevens of the home; a son, Dennis G. Stevens of Herington, Kan.; a daughter, Mrs. Marilyn Fabian of Lenexa; three brothers, Clifford Stevens of Louisburg; Harold Stevens of Coffeyville, Kan., and Elery Stevens of Lane; two sisters, Mrs. Lillian Helton of Claremore, Okla., and Mrs. Freda Koontz of Garnett; and three grandchildren.

The services were at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Eddy-Birchard Funeral Home at Osawatomie with the Rev. Lewis Heiney officiating. George Diehm sang "He Touched Me" and "Take My Hand Precious Lord," accompanied by Beth Hodgson.

The pallbearers were Ed Deering, Eldon Barrett, Carl Hardesty, Ernest Cook, Virgil Lyons, and Edward Golubski. The honorary bearers were J. C. Robertson, Phillip Lyons and Wayne Day. The burial was in the Mound Creek Cemetery near Osawatomie. Masonic services were held at graveside.

Memorials were given in his name to the American Cancer Society.

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