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Wesley “Wes” E. Stevens, 80, of St. Paul, died Monday, July 1, 2019 at the Howard County Medical Center in St. Paul.
Services will be 10:30 A.M. on Friday, July 5, 2019 at the First Presbyterian Church in St. Paul. Pastor Tony Coffman will be officiating. Rites will be given by the Masonic Lodge #82 and Job’s Daughters of St. Paul.
Interment will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Scotia, Nebraska. Military Honors will be presented by the Carl Mogensen American Legion Post 119 Honor Guard.
Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Teammates Mentoring Program in St. Paul, Howard County Medical Center, or the Donor’s Choice. Jacobsen-Greenway-Dietz Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Wes was born at home on the farm northeast of Cotesfield on February 17, 1939 to George & Julia (Conger) Stevens. He attended District 5 School through the seventh grade. His father passed away in 1946. In 1951, his mother and sisters moved to St. Paul.
Wes graduated from St. Paul High School in 1956. He attended college for three semesters before enlisting in the U.S Army in 1958, serving in United States and Germany. In 1961, Wes was honorably discharged. He settled in Hastings, NE and worked as a photographer for several years. He also worked as a projectionist at Theaters in Grand Island and Hastings. He graduated from the Grand Island School of Business in 1966. He worked at Hastings Industries for 2 years before moving to Florida for 7 years working for an oil distributor and driving a truck. He returned to Nebraska in 1975 when he worked as a Crop Insurance Adjustor for 11 years. He then finished working several years for his sister and brother-in-law in their Auto Parts Store in Loup City before he started his many years of volunteering. In 1986, he completed his Bachelors’ Degree from the University of Nebraska in Kearney. In 1994, Wes was certified as a Lay Pastor and served a small church in Rockville until 2010. He never married. He was a faithful & helpful member of the First Presbyterian Church in St. Paul. Wes officially retired in 2003. His many volunteering opportunities started in 2004 with volunteering at Head Start in St. Paul, the Medical Clinic and as a teammate mentor, and was a past President of the Howard County Chapter of Teammates. Wes continued more volunteering by adding the Senior Center to his list: in 2011 he delivered meals in town 3 days a week. He also enjoyed the interaction with people and when he delivered meals, he always made sure they were alright when he gave them their lunches. He loved to tell jokes, always a different one every day. He was also a great chocolate chip cookie baker and will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor! He will be missed by the many friends and his relatives.
He is survived by his sisters and brothers-in-law, Myrtle Baird of Costa Mesa, CA, Linda and Ron Pincheon of Gladwin, MI and Ruth and Larry Farmer of Ord, NE; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
Wesley was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Julia A. Stevens; and one brother-in-law, Henry C. Baird.