Kenneth Stevermer, 87, Albert Lea

Published 6:31 am Sunday, April 29, 2012

The memorial service for Kenneth A. Stevermer will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, at St. Theodore Catholic Church in Albert Lea. The Rev. Timothy T. Reker will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 30, at Bonnerup Funeral Service, as well as one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the St. Theodore Catholic Church Cemetery. Military honors accorded by Albert Lea veterans groups.

Kenneth A. Stevermer passed away on April 25 in Albert Lea. He was 87 years old.

Kenneth Stevermer

Kenneth was born in Easton on April 8, 1925, and was the son of Leo and Ellen (Sipple) Stevermer. Kenneth married Evelyn Saas in 1949. Together they farmed in Easton until her death in 1952. In 1954, he married Janice Mertens in Easton where they continued to farm. In 1957 they moved into town, and Kenneth worked as a carpenter and at Surge selling dairy equipment. The two moved to Bricelyn in 1964 and after retirement, settled down in Albert Lea in 1995. They raised 14 wonderful children.

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Kenneth enjoyed farming, making wooden toys, doing jigsaw puzzles and crosswords. He was a 4-H leader, member of the Boy Scouts, and was an American Legionnaire for 66 years. Kenneth also served in the Army for two years during World War II. His wonderful sense of humor and smile touched the lives of many people.

Kenneth is preceded in death by both of his parents; his first wife, Evelyn; brothers, Howard and Alton; sister, Fern Redington; and great-granddaughter Jennifer Fransen.

He is survived by his wife, Janice; children, Randy (Linda) Stevermer, Carolyn (Gary) Meyer, Lee (Darla) Stevermer, Patricia (Edward) Stevermer, Craig (Beth) Carlson-Stevermer, Jeff (Julie) Stevermer, Jon (Jane) Stevermer, Donald Stevermer, Kim (Brenda) Stevermer, Kenneth Stevermer, Todd Stevermer, Stuart Stevermer, Diane (Jason) Obermeyer, and Jason (Ester) Stevermer; 35 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mary Oelerking, Lois (Ray) Kalis, and Jane (Gene) Paul; sisters-in-law, Rosemary and Jane Stevermer; brother-in-law Robert Redington; many nieces and nephews; and other loving relatives and friends.