Donald Stevenson Obituary

Donald W. Stevenson
Donald W. Stevenson

February 12, 1929 - November 9, 2021
Born in rural Mitchellville, Iowa
Resided in Ankeny, Iowa
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**Services will be live-streamed from this site starting at 10:45 AM Tuesday. **

Donald Warren Stevenson from rural Mitchellville, Iowa went to be with the Lord on November 9, 2021. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Monday, November 15 at Iles Grandview Park Funeral Home, 3211 Hubbell Ave., Des Moines. Funeral will be at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, November 16, at Staves Memorial United Methodist Church, 2747 E. Madison Ave., Des Moines. Immediately following the funeral at 12:00 PM, a fellowship meal will be served at the church. Graveside services will be at 1:30 PM at the Mitchellville Cemetery. Our special thanks to the staff at Mill Pond Long Term Care Center. Memorial donations may be made to Mill Pond, 1201 SE Mill Pond Ct, Ankeny, IA 50021.

Don was born on August 12, 1929 to Ralph Warren Stevenson and Edna Lucille (Barrett) Stevenson. His parents farmed in Washington township, Jasper County, Iowa where Don was raised along with his older sister Peggy Jean (Stevenson) Crusan in a tight-knit local farming community that included his paternal grand-parents, Everett W. and Birdie E. Stevenson, and maternal grandparents, Alfred and Malinda Barrett. He and Peggy attended the Prairie Bell one-room school house through 8th grade, then Mitchellville High School.

Don quit high school at age 17 and joined the army with the intent of obtaining the G.I. Bill, the only way he could afford to attend college. He was stationed in San Francisco where he obtained his GED and was honorably discharged in 1947. After returning to Iowa, Don enrolled in Iowa State University where he earned a degree in farm operations.

Don married Lorna June Burnett on September 10, 1950, and following graduation in 1951, they moved to farm with Don’s parents where they farmed for 45 years. They had three children, Marcia Ann (Stevenson) Fritch, Gregory Wayne Stevenson, and Maria Ellen (Stevenson) Maixner. Don’s greatest loves and joys were his family, his faith in Jesus Christ and farming. He treasured his family’s farming heritage and would tell stories of his parents, grand-parents and great grand-parents that preceded him on his land. He and Lorna enjoyed wintering in Arizona in their later years together.

Following Lorna’s death, Don married Shirley Joanne Carpenter on November 27, 2011. They lived in Altoona, then later in Mill Pond Retirement Community in Ankeny and enjoyed family, friends, traveling and wintering in Arizona. Don died surrounded in his final hours by Shirley and his children.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, his first wife, Lorna; and great grandchild, Jude Wesley Stevenson, and is survived by his wife, Shirley, his children, 9 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.






Grandview Park Funeral Home
3211 Hubbell Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50317
Monday, November 15, 2021
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Staves Memorial United Methodist Church
2747 East Madison
Des Moines, IA 50317
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
11:00 AM
Mitchellville Cemetery
Intersection 6th St NE and Jasper Avenue NE
Mitchellville, IA US 50169
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
1:30 PM


Mill Pond Retirement Community
1201 SE Mill Pond Court
Ankeny, Iowa 50321