Robert M. ‘Bob’ Stevens from Fairfax, Virginia

The funeral services for Robert “Bob” Stevens, 105, of Fairfax, Virginia, will be held at 11 am on Wednesday, December 1 at the Junction Township Cemetery in Grand Junction, Iowa.

Bob died on November 18, 2021 at the Dulles Health and Rehabilitation Center in Herndon, Virginia, where he was recovering from a severe heart attack suffered on October 21, 2021.

Son of Wendell and Mary Edna (Flac) Stevens, Bob was born October 4, 1916 in Grand Meadow, Minnesota. When he was still very young, the family moved to Jefferson, Iowa.

The family later moved to Perry, where he attended elementary school and held several jobs to help support the family during the Great Depression.

On July 29, 1941, he married Mildred (Anderson).

Bob was inducted into the Airforce Division of the United States Army on October 14, 1942. After training, he served as a sheet metal worker in New Guinea and the Philippines (Luzon) and was awarded the Asian Pacific Campaign Medal, Ribbon Philippine Liberation Award with a Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal and Sniper Medal Button.

After his release, Bob and Mildred lived in Burbank, California, where their son, Bruce, was born in November 1946. It was there that Robert began his trade and career in laying floors.

In 1949, the family moved to Des Moines, where their son, Michael, was born in November 1957.

In 1969, they moved to Reston, Virginia, where he continued to install hardwood floors until his retirement.

After his wife’s death, Bob lived with his son and daughter-in-law, Bruce and Jan, in Fairfax, Virginia.

He loved his grandchildren and enjoyed traveling and spending long visits with family members in Georgia, Iowa and Texas.

Bob was a life member of the VFW and was active at extension 738 in Des Moines.

He loved to fish in rivers, lakes or ponds whenever he had the chance. He was also known to come and share a cup of coffee, a piece of pie or other goodies and enjoy the conversation with his family or friends.

His parents preceded him in death; wife, Mildred, in 1986; eight siblings, Clarence, Aleene, Duane, Garnetta (died in infancy), Wendell Dean (Bud), Josephine, Edward and Donald; and a grandson, David Stevens.

Those left to honor her memory include her two sons, Bruce (Janice) Stevens of Fairfax, Virginia and Michael (Liza) Stevens of Dacula, Georgia; six grandchildren, Greg Stevens of Chantilly, Virginia, and Brandon, Mathew, Sarah, Daniel and Aaron Stevens of Dacula, Georgia; and three great-grandchildren, Tyler, Alyssa and Andrew Stevens.

Hastings Funeral Home in Jefferson is in charge of the arrangements.

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