Donald Stephens, age 91 passed away Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at Sanford Health in Fargo, ND.
Visitation for Don Stephens will be on Sunday, November 17, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris MN. Visitation will continue on Monday, November 18th from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris, MN.
Funeral services for Donald Ray Stephens will be Monday, November 18, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris, MN, with Reverend Chris Richards officiating.
Burial will be at Summit Cemetery at a later date.
Donald Stephens, son of Loren and Arvilla (Zahl) Stephens was born in the middle of a snow storm on December 21, 1927, on the family farm in Pepperton Township near Alberta, MN. It took the doctor three days to make it out to the farm to give Don his checkup. He attended rural school at District #60 and graduated from Morris High School in 1945. After his days in school Don would return to the farm where he would do chores into the evening. After his schooling, Don worked for the City of Morris and also in the trucking industry. He was united in marriage to Karen Ernst on February 24, 1959, at the Nazarene Church in Alberta. The couple made their home north of Morris, where they raised their only son, Allen “Butch”. Don began working for the State Highway Department out of Morris in 1965, a position he held for 27 years, retiring due to health reasons in 1992. Karen died on May 9, 2017. Don continued to live on the farm, where in recent years Butch and two special nurses helped care for him.
Known for his sharp-eye, Don loved pheasant and deer hunting. He also enjoyed fishing in his younger years. Don will be remembered for his work ethic, being as strong as an ox, and his caring heart.
Don survived by one son: Allen “Butch” Stephen of Morris, MN; one sister: Carol Grotjohn of Breckenridge, MN; two sisters-in-law: Mary Lou Stephens of Calumet, MN, Karen Stephens of Herman, MN; several nieces and nephews.
Don was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, three brothers: Sam, Dick, and Bob; two sisters: Darlene Stephens and Vel Gausman; two brothers-in-law: Robert Grotjohn, Bill Gausman.
Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris, MN, is in charge of the arrangements.