Dr. Earl Henry Stevens, age 90, passed away at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Miles City on December 3, 2010 from natural causes. He was born May 24, 1920 in Miller, Nebraska to Elmer T. and Hazel Belle (White) Stevens Pollock.
Earl met and married Lucy Eileen Estabrook on April 27, 1942 in Bryon, Texas. Earl attended Texas A&M and graduated in 1943 and had multiple college courses through extension services to further his education. After graduation from college, Earl joined the United States Air Force in 1943. He earned his professional degree as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine where he worked as a veterinarian while serving. Earl retired with Honors in 1965 as Lt. Col., after serving 22 years. He later was employed as a state meat inspector in 1965 and in 1967 worked as a federal meat inspector until his retirement in 1981.
Earl had many hobbies. He was a lifelong Mason with the Masonic Lodge, a leather crafter and dabbled in ceramics. He was very talented gardening and became a Certified Master Gardener in 1991. Earl also was an active member of the senior citizens center in Sequim, WA and was a Deacon and Elder within the Christian Church where he also taught Sunday school. Earl also volunteered as an adult leader for the Cub Scouts for many years.
Earl was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Lucy; his parents; and a grandchild, Diane Stevens. He is survived by his children, Earl H. (Vivien) Stevens, II of Las Cruses, NM, Michael Stevens of Mesa, AZ, Patrick (Tammy) Stevens of Wilmington, NC, Susan (Doug) Brown of Helena, MT, Sylvia Stevens (Stan Strom) of Helena, MT, and Rachel (Eliud) Alayon of Hialeah, FL. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
A Graveside Service with Military Honors is scheduled for 1:30 p.m., Friday, December 10, 2010 at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery at Fort Harrison. Local arrangements are in the care of Retz Funeral Home. To offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Earl, please visit www.retzfuneralhome.com.