Ronald "Ron" Earl Stevenson went to be with the Lord on Nov. 29, 2012.
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Born at St. Joseph's Hospital in San Francisco, Calif., on March 9,1934, Ron grew up in Visitation Valley and went to school in Daly City, Calif. He married the love of his life, Carole Hazel Whitener, on Feb. 14, 1954.
Ron was a career soldier with the U.S. Army and his family was stationed twice in Europe and then in many places throughout the United States. The Stevensons came to Fairbanks in 1969 after Ron's second tour in Vietnam and the family voted to settle in Fairbanks when Ron was ordered to Vietnam for the third and final tour before his retirement.
Ron retired from the Army in 1973, after 22 years of service to his country. After his Army retirement, he worked several military and civil support jobs including housing manager at Fort Wainwright Army Post, manager overseeing Eielson Air Force Base metal shop, and he worked for the State of Alaska Department of Veterans Affairs. During his time at the Department of Veterans affairs, he was in charge of the state property contract for maintenance on Eielson, until he retired for his final time.
Ron and Carole were married for 58 years. They loved to travel together. Over the years, they visited many states in their fifth-wheel, went on cruises to the Panama Canal and traveled to Tahiti for their 30th wedding anniversary. They especially liked to go camping, fishing and boating in the Wood River area where they built a cabin.
Ron also enjoyed building custom antique cars. He was in the outboard boat club and his designs helped win the 1993 and 1994 Yukon 800 with his son, David Stevenson, and Captain Mick Manning.
Ron was preceded in death by his brother in-law, Richard Trantham.
He is survived by his wife, Carole; son, David and Sandy Kempson; daughter, Lisa and Larry Crowder; sisters, Joan Trantham, Patricia and Lou Sans; brother, John and Rose Stevenson; grandchildren, Christine, Kimberly, Michelle, and Dan Kurber, and their mother, Irene Schallock; great-grandchildren, Peyton and Axel, and numerous nieces and nephews.
The Stevenson family would like to thank Fairbanks Hospice for the wonderful care provided, along with Dr. Bartling, the staff at the Fairbanks Memorial Emergency Department and 2 South Medical Floor, and the many other nurses and volunteers who graciously helped care for Ron and his family.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Fairbanks Hospice: 2001 Gilliam Way, Fairbanks, Alaska 99701.
A celebration of life service will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at Community Covenant Church, 2136 McCullam Avenue.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Dec. 5, 2012