• John R. Stevenson

    16 Aug 2020

  • John Raymond Stevenson, age 88, passed away Sunday, August 16, 2020 at his home in rural Niotaze, Kansas.

    He was born on February 19, 1932 in Garden City, Kansas to Samuel Raymond Stevenson and Ethel Olivia (Joseph) Stevenson.  He graduated from high school and enlisted in the United States Army where he served from 1954 until he was honorably discharged in 1956.

    After the military he graduated from Kansas State University with his Bachelor’s Degree in Agronomy.

    On January 25, 1959 he married Valdena Ormont Siebert in Ulysses, Kansas.  They lived on their farm in Johnson, Kansas for many years before selling it and moving to their farm in Rural Niotaze, Kansas.

    John was a member of the Caney United Methodist Church, he also enjoyed beekeeping; he was a farmer and rancher his entire life and loved to work on the farm.

    He is survived by his wife of 61 years; Valdena Stevenson of the home in rural Niotaze, Kansas; one son, Raymond D. Stevenson and wife Yvette of Salina, Kansas; two daughters, Sherry L. Stevenson of Kendall, Kansas; Jane E. Stevenson and husband Brian Farmer of rural Niotaze, Kansas; one sister, Betty Ragland of Shell Knob, Missouri; 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren and many other family and friends.

    Celebration of Life service will be September 12, 2020 at 3:00 p.m on the family farm.  Program of events will be the blessing followed by taking ashes to his final resting place.  Following will be a supper gathering with any testimonials to be presented.  In case of any bad weather, services will be held at the Caney United Methodist Church.  If any questions, feel free to contact the family.

    To view the obituary or leave a message for the family, please go to www.dickensfuneral.com.

    Dickens Family Funeral Home of Sedan is in charge of arrangements.


    Prayers for the family.


    So many wonderful memories with Uncle Johnny—where do we begin! One in particular, was a walk we took several years ago at our last family reunion in Colorado. The hills were beautiful and so was our conversation! We talked about everything, including our faith! Another sweet memory was the last family reunion he attended in Wichita. We sang hymns and other songs. We will never forget how touched he was by these hymns as seen by the tears that ran down his face! Uncle Johnny, you will be tremendously missed! So glad for our family reunions where we could share special moments such as the ones mentioned with you. Glad there is no more suffering for you there in Heaven. Until then, keep the lights on for us. We will soon see your handsome face as Jesus carries us home, too!


    Go with God John. Peace for the ones you left behind.