Stevens, Earl John
Earl John Stevens, age 71 years, of Appleton passed away Saturday, May 17, 2014 at his home surrounded by family.
Earl John was born on October 20, 1942 in Marion, WI, to Earl and Maria (Kussman) Stevens. He graduated from Marion High School in 1960 where his senior quote read, "He's always feeling at his best, when he can be a constant pest". Earl John entered the U.S. Army and served in the 32nd Infantry Division out of Fort Lewis, WA, from 1961 to 1962. He was united in marriage on November 30, 1963 to Janet M. Herzberg at St. John Lutheran Church, Marion. The couple lived in Hortonville for a few years and then settled in rural Appleton by the early 1970's. Earl John was employed by Appleton Mills - Voith Fabrics for 42 years as shipping and receiving clerk, retiring in 2005. He was a member of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, Appleton, for many years. Earl John was also a proud member of the Quarter Century Club at Voith Fabrics.
In the early years, when Earl John had to make supper for his kids and grandkids they remember having milkshakes and popcorn. He volunteered for 36 years as a 4-H Leader and was rabbit superintendent for some time at the Outagamie County Fair. Earl John liked watching NASCAR, collecting 1:24 scale model cars, and never letting us forget that his favorite driver was Dale Sr. He also had a special place in his heart for his German Shepards; Thunder, Lightning, Stormy, and Typhoon. Earl John had an excellent sense of humor and he will also be remembered wearing shorts until November of each year. He especially enjoyed spending time with family and was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Janet, and three children, Kathy (special friend Doug Daniolowicz) Filen of Dale and her daughter, Jennifer, Susan Stevens of Center and her daughter, Katrina Dorow, and Earl J. Michael (Aimee) Stevens of Hortonville and their children Trevor and Logan. He is further survived by one brother, Garry Stevens of Pulaski, many other relatives and friends. Earl John is preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Donnell, and two sisters, Joann Fietzer and Frances Christiansen.
Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, May 21st at 7:00 PM at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 3009 N. Meade St., Appleton. Rev. Kurt Hoffman will officiate and burial will be at Highland Memorial Park, Appleton. Military Honors will be provided at the church by members of the American Legion Post #38 of Appleton. Friends may call on Wednesday from 10:00 AM until 12:00 Noon at the Beil-Didier Funeral Home, 207 S. Main St., Marion, and also on Wednesday from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the church. In lieu of flowers, a memorial is preferred and a fund will be established in memory of Earl John.
The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff for the exceptional care given at Froedtert Orthopedic Clinic, especially Dr. David King and Keenan Wolf-Horness, PA-C, also to Dr. Patrick Mansky and the Cancer Team at Bellin Health, Dr. Deborah Ihde and staff at Encircle Health ThedaCare, and Dr. Michael Ray with ThedaCare Radiation Oncology. Finally, thank you to ThedaCare at Home Hospice and Kris McGrath RN who made it possible for dad to be at home.
Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on May 20, 2014