In Memory of

Robert M. Stephenson

June 27, 1935 - September 27, 2016
Robert M. Stephenson, the son of William and Lora (Ridout) Stephenson was born June 27, 1935 in Winterset, Iowa. His childhood years were spent in Winterset where he attended school and graduated from Winterset High School in 1953. After high school, Bob graduated from the University of South Dakota with a BA in fine arts and a Masters in music. On September 1, 1957, Bob was united in marriage to Della Evans at the Ord Church in Winterset. Following their marriage, Bob had been a teacher in Vermillion, SD for a brief time. From 1958-1964 he taught school in Lake View, IA, before moving to Cherokee in 1964 where he taught school for ten years. After retiring from teaching, Bob worked for Lundquist Real Estate before branching of with his wife Della and starting Stephenson Real Estate. Bob was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church. He was an avid hunter and fisher. He enjoyed music, being outdoors, and trying new things. Most of all he enjoyed the time spent with family and friends. On September 27, 2016, Bob passed away at Cherokee Specialty Care at the age of 81. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Lora Stephenson, and one brother Clifford Stephenson. He is survived by his wife, Della Stephenson of Cherokee, IA; children: Greg Stephenson of Northfield, MN, Mitch (Julie) Stephenson of Morristown, MN, Ted (Lu Ann) Stephenson of Hartford, WI, and Kerry Collins of Chaska, MN; one sister, Sherry Breckenridge of Washington State; one sister-in-law, Norma Stephenson of Clear Lake, IA; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; other relatives; and friends.
Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 1, 2016, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Cherokee.
Pastor Chris Decious
Honorary Bearers Aaron Crissey Andrew Stephenson Collin Stephenson Bradley Scott Kelsey Stephenson Mark Stephenson Eric Stephenson Kayla Stephenson Jacob Fry
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.
"Holy Holy Holy Holy" "How Great Thou Art" "Hymn of Promise" "Amazing Grace" by the congregation
Winterset, IA at a later date.


Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“I just read about Mr. Stevenson passing. Last Sept 32 from the class of 1965 gathered and we all had great memories of our teacher. I am so glad he was a part of my life.”
- Joyce A Brooker Chesney
Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“My wife, Thalya (Durst) and I both had Bob as our first band instructor at Lake View (subsequently Lake View-Auburn). When picking out instruments in elementary, Bob told a slew of little girls 'everyone can't pick the flute'. Thalya held out for the flute. I was percussion - leading to immense pleasure playing bass drum in marching band for LV-A, Augustana College, and Iowa State, then being drum major for ISU. All those musical memories attributed to beginning with Bob's tutelage in elementary and early high school before he moved to Cherokee. Please accept our sympathy for Bob's passing. ”
- Mark V. Hanson
Monday, October 3, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“Bob was a good friend of my dad, Gene Dorr, and they spent many hours swapping stories, playing cards, and enjoying the outdoors. My sincere sympathy to the family.”
- Jackie Dorr Givens
Friday, September 30, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“Our heartfelt sympathies to the entires Stephenson family.”
- Scott W Stratton
Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“Bob was a great teacher, man, father and neighbor. He surely will be missed. He's in Heaven now, a place we all want to be someday. God bless Stephenson family.”
- Dr. Greg P. Gerdes, OD
Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“I will always remember Bob for giving me an opportunity to establish myself in real estate. He was always there for a good story and sharing his hunting, fishing and real estate experiences. Barb and I are remembering Bob and his family in our prayers”
- Gary Bowers
Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss and heartache. Bob was a great teacher and always had a smile and twinkle in his eye. My thoughts and prayers to your family. ”
- brenda beck
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“Bob was a very sweet and funny man he will be missed by a whole lot of people. I will miss his smile and his sense of humor. May God bless his family with prayers”
- Lorie a Decatur
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“As a student who had a great interest in music, Mr. Stephenson was one of my strongest mentors. May he Rest In Peace as the band plays on! ”
- Enola Grawburg Peters
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“So very sorry to hear of your father's passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers in the days ahead.”
- Denise & Terry Naffier
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“We enjoyed the time spent with Bob, he made so many days brighter with his sense of humor. Thinking of you, praying for comfort at this time. ”
- Sue Harkins
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