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Avery Leroy Stevens


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Avery Leroy Stevens

Born: September 25, 1927; in Elgin, IL

Died: December 15, 2018; in St. Charles, IL

Avery Leroy Stevens, of St. Charles, age 91, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, December 15, 2018.

He was born September 25, 1927 in Elgin, IL, the son of Waldo and Cora Stevens. He was united in marriage to Joyce Rhoades Stevens for 65 years and they loved each other dearly. Avery was affectionately known by his outgoing personality, passion for story telling, and young spirit. His life can be characterized by his work as a mechanic, service in the Army, membership in the Northern Illinois Steam Power Club, and hobbies of farming, antique tractor restoration, and roller skating. He was a hardworking mechanic, employed by Reber and Foley for 50 years and then continued working for his son at Stevens Automotive.

He served in the Army from 1951 to 1953 and was stationed in Germany. He was a lifelong member of the Northern Illinois Steam Power Club and a founding member of the Prairie Gold Rush Minneapolis-Moline magazine. He loved to restore antique tractors, participate in local parades, and had a particular fondness for the prairie gold of Minneapolis-Moline tractors. He loved to farm, believed he lived in "God's country" for the bountiful crop the Illinois soil produced and farmed a small plot of land for many years. He was also an avid roller skater and for many years could be found at the Aurora Skating Rink on Monday nights, skate dancing the night away to polka music, with the Ole Timers group. In his later years, he and Joyce were the Cubs' number one fans and could be found watching and coaching every game the team played from their living room. Avery had a relationship with Jesus Christ and his family looks forward to being reunited again with him.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce; his children, Debbie (Ron) Baker, David (Vicki) Stevens, Patricia (Tom) Smith, Diane (Herb) Erd; his grandchildren, Erik (Lacey), Vyncent, Christina (Roy), Cassie (Chris), Valerie (Joel), Michelle (Ben), Jennifer, Rachel (Patrick), Rebecca (Clint), Julie (Ryan), Ashley, and Samantha; his great grandchildren, Rain, Adrian, Dustan, Carson, Taylor, Evalynn, Lilian, Colton, Wyatt, Ellie, Elizabeth, Caleb, Scott, and Finley.

In addition to his parents, Avery was preceded in death by his brother, Kenny; and granddaughter, Stephanie.

At this time, the family humbly requests that there be no formal service, but greatly appreciate your well wishes, fond memories, and sentiments.
Published in Kane County Chronicle on Dec. 27, 2018
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