Mark S. Stevens – Obit

Mark S. Stevens, 68, Fertile, MN, passed away peacefully Monday, August 12, 2019, at Altru Hospital, Grand Forks, ND, surrounded by his family.

Mark was born April 25, 1951 to Thomas “Bud” and Addie Stevens in Crookston, MN.  He graduated from Fertile-Beltrami High School in 1970, and then joined the US Air Force.  He married Rita Morgan on May 11, 1973, and they were blessed with four wonderful children.  Mark was discharged from the Air Force in 1977 and worked for McKinnon Co. in Crookston. He was a member of the Air Guard (The Happy Hooligans) in Fargo until he re-enlisted into the Air Force in 1982. He retired from the Air Force in 1994.  He then worked in Quality Assurance at New Flyer in Crookston. and drove truck for various companies until he retired in 2014.

Mark was a loving man with a great sense of humor.  He loved to joke around, and had an infectious laugh.  He enjoyed playing basketball, baseball, softball and golf.  He really enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren in all their activities.  He was so proud of his family.  He loved spending time with his wife, children and three grandchildren, who called him “Papa”.

Mark is survived by his wife Rita; daughter: Stacey (Jason) Lanctot of Crookston, three sons: Matthew (Ashley) of McIntosh, Cory of Fertile, and Ryan (Sarah) of West Fargo, ND; grandchildren: Ella and Ethan Lanctot and Braeden Stevens (Bueng); sisters: Dee (Larry) Donley of Menomonee Falls, WI, and Vickie (Ed) Larsen of Hartland, WI; brothers: Scott (Sue) of Duluth and Lane (Teri) of Iowa Park, TX and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral Service: 2:00 PM, Saturday, August 17, 2019, at Concordia Lutheran  Church, Fertile, MN.

Visitation: One hour before the service at the church.

Interment: Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile, MN.