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Charles E. Stevens

Charles Earl Stevens, formerly of Brainerd, passed away on Friday, July 6, 2012, at the Comfort House in Pella, Iowa, at the age of 94 years.

Charles Earl Stevens was born Jan. 15, 1918, in Russell, Manitoba, Canada, the son of Frank Earl Stevens and Gladys Adelia (Blunt) Stevens.

Charles later became a naturalized citizen of the United States. His family moved to Brainerd, Minn., in 1925. He graduated from Washington High School in 1937, where he was active in the band, playing coronet. Following high school, he played in the Brainerd City Band. Charles was a charter member of the Brainerd Junior College from 1938 until graduating in 1940. While at college, he was the business manager of the college newspaper and managed the college book store. In 1942, he enlisted in the United States Navy and was eventually promoted to Aviation Chief Electronics Technician. He served on the USS Yorktown during the Guam invasion. On Sept. 10, 1944, he was united in marriage to Evelyn Alberg. Evelyn was a Yeoman 1st Class in the Navy and was stationed in Washington, D.C. Following their honorable discharges, the couple moved to California, where Charles spent eight years with Wearever Cooking Utensil Co. He became an agent with New York Life in 1954 and retired in 1982. He received his CLU designation and also served as President of the East Bay Underwriters Association of Concord. They spent most of those years in Walnut Grove, Calif.

Following retirement, he and Evelyn moved to Horseshoe Lake north of Brainerd, Minn. They spent part of each year in Minnesota and the other part in Apache Junction, Ariz. Evelyn passed away in September 2003. In October of 2006, Charles married an old friend, Kathryn Charlene Stevenson. One and a half years ago, the couple sold their home and moved to Pella.

In his spare time, Charles enjoyed playing shuffleboard and traveled to many tournaments around the United States.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Evelyn; brothers, Murry, Eldon and Vern; and sisters, Ruth and Avis.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Kathryn Charlene Stevens; sister, Lorna (John) Tabor, of Pequot Lakes, Minn.; brother, Dale (Nancy) Stevens, of Merrifield, Minn.; stepchildren, Jerry (Sheila) Weldon, of Knoxville, Jo Heigele, of Bussey, Dee (Marion) Alexander, of Harvey, and Shirley (Ray) Ellison, of Unionville, Iowa; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at the Ossipee Community Church in Merrifield on Friday, July 13, 2012, at 11 a.m. with burial following at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls, Minn., at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Comfort House, 505 Union St, Pella, IA 50219.

Family served by:

Halvorson-Johnson Funeral & Cremation Care

Brainerd/Baxter, (218) 829-3581