Robert J. Stevens

Died: Wed., Jan. 1, 2014


9:30 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Jan. 04, 2014
Location: First Presbyterian Church

Funeral Service

12:00 PM Sat., Jan. 04, 2014
Location: First Presbyterian Church

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ROBERT J. STEVENS 68, of 653 Ridgeway Dr. Sidney, passed away Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 3:02 P.M. at Wilson Memorial Hospital. He was born on July 25, 1945 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of the late Jay and Louise Stevens.

On August 15, 1970 Robert married his wife Dahlia who survives along with two daughters, Mrs Joshua (Sandra) Smith of Mattoon, IL, and Julie Stevens of Troy, MI, and grandchildren, Charis, Maria, Constance, Merlin, Bonaventura and Digna Smith. Also surviving is one sister, Carol Stevens of Commerce Twp., MI.

Mr. Stevens was a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran. He retired from Amos Press as an editor for Cars and Parts Magazine.

Robert was an avid vintage car collector and was a member of the Champaign County Cruisers, AACA, Shelby County Historical Society, and was a former softball coach for the IUTIS Club Softball Program, the Sidney Electric Softball League, the Shelby County Church League, and the Shelby County Co-ed League.

Robert was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where Funeral Services will be held Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 11 A.M. with Rev. Diana Circelli officiating. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 9:30 A.M. until the hour of service at the church. Burial will take place at Roseland Park Cemetery, Berkley, MI. Funeral arrangements are in the care of the Cromes Funeral Home, 302 S. Main Ave. A legion memorial service will be conducted at 10:45 A.M. Sat. at the church by the American Legion Post 217.

In lieu of flowers the family suggest that contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project or S.C.A.R.F. in memory of Robert J. Stevens. Envelopes will be available at the church.
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Angela Calhoun-Gates
   Posted Thu January 02, 2014
Dahlia and family,
My deepest condolances as you spend these day celebrating Bob's life. He was and always will be my favorite ball coach!! I always looked forward to renewing my tags/licenses because we share the same day of birth and I would always see him at the BMV. Praying for comfort during this time.

Judy & Kirk Shannon
   Posted Thu January 02, 2014
Dahlia and Family:
Kirk and I were saddened to hear of Bob's death and pray that you will find comfort in the days ahead surrounded by those you love. Bob holds a special place in our hearts as he chauffeured us to our wedding reception in his '57 Chevy. What a fun event. Our prayers are with you now and in the days ahead. God bless you with strength and joy.

Louis Ironside
   Posted Thu January 02, 2014
Dahlia: I am so sorry for your loss. Bob was a true friend, many an hour we spent together at swap meets and cars shows. I will miss his humor and interesting stories. You will be in my families thoughts during this most difficult of times.

Jim Andrews
   Posted Thu January 02, 2014
I had the honor to meet Bob this past summer. He invited me to see his car collection. The story he told of each car ,I will always remember.He was truly a Car Guy or sometime referred to as Motor Heads .I will always remember that day. A true loss to miny.

Jim and Ruth Meyers
   Posted Thu January 02, 2014
So sorry for your loss. Will miss seeing Bob at the DQ in Piqua on Thursday.
Rest in Peace.

Bob and Cathy Tenney
   Posted Fri January 03, 2014
Dahlia we are so sorry for your loss. We will miss seeing Bob on his daily walks with the dogs.

Cindy Whalen
   Posted Fri January 03, 2014
Dahlia, Julie and Sandy,

I am so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in the love of family and friends at this difficult time. My heart is with you.

Ryan Hall
   Posted Fri January 03, 2014
Bob Stevens was a great man and good friend to my Dad. I just can't believe he's gone. He did so much for softball and cars and parts. My prays are with the Stevens family he will be truly missed. God bless you all Ryan Hall.

Bev Martin
   Posted Fri January 03, 2014
Dahlia & family,

I was truly saddened to hear the news of Bob's passing. He was a wonderful person and mentor to me early in my career. He was always so jolly and cheerful. He had a great love for life, cars, and most importantly, his family. May his memories comfort you! I will be thinking of you through this difficult time.


Doug and Cindy Schurr
   Posted Fri January 03, 2014
So very sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Please know you are very much in our prayers. We have so many fond memories of VintCar days together.
Doug and Cindy, Crossville, TN

leon calhoun
   Posted Fri January 03, 2014
sorry to hear of your loss, bob was a great person to know, he always waved and smiled, he will be missed by all who meet him. he couch my son and daughter, angela and Jason Calhoun he is well liked by the Calhoun family.

Mary Smith
   Posted Fri January 03, 2014
Dahlia and family,
My deepest condolances as you go through this difficult time. Bob and I had many a laugh during our time at Amos Press. He was just a good guy all around...always smiling, always with a story or something witty. Keep him close to you with your memories.

Gayle (Blair) Gallimore
   Posted Fri January 03, 2014
Sandy, I am so very sorry for your loss. I know we haven't seen each other since graduation, but you were always such a wonderful friend. I pray that you and your family will find the peace that passes understanding and find comfort in each other at this time. Praying for you!

Margo Bush
   Posted Fri January 03, 2014
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Dahlia.

Tim Wagner
   Posted Fri January 03, 2014
Sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed talking with Bob, he was bright spot in my day at work. Rest in peace.

Tom and Ann Hendricks
   Posted Fri January 03, 2014
So sorry for your loss. Bob was a great friend for many years and will be missed by both of us ! I can also speak for all of his friends at BUDS Chevrolet. We will miss his smile and his stories. He was more than a car guy, He was a great guy.

Linda Homan
   Posted Fri January 03, 2014
I'm so sorry to hear about Bob. He was a kind, caring man who always had a story to tell and a smile on his face. If success is measured by the friends you leave behind, you have to know that Bob was at the top of the ladder. I always enjoyed listening to his fascinating life stories and want you to know that he loved you, the girls, and the rest of his family dearly. He was so proud of you all. May God Bless you and your family and give you strength at this difficult time. He will truly be missed.

Denise and Jim Oder
   Posted Fri January 03, 2014
Words are not enough to express how sorry we are for your loss. It was truly an honor to have known Bob. The neighborhood won't be the same without seeing him with the dogs and getting that nod & smile that I swear seemed to radiate from his eyes if the kids stopped him to ask about one of his cars. He will be long remembered for his kindness and bringing laughter to our lives with his many stories. His was a life well lived and he is going to be missed. Please accept our sincere condolences and know that our prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Mike and Sherry Fair
   Posted Sat January 04, 2014
Dahlia and family: We were so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I enjoyed working with Bob for many years at Cars & Parts Magazine at Amos Press and have many good memories. He will be missed. I will always remember how much I enjoyed reading all of the stories he would write for the magazine. He sure enjoyed all of his antique cars. Your family has our condolences. Mike and Sherry Fair

Mark and Carla Bogart
   Posted Sat January 04, 2014
To the family, Mark and I are so saddened by the news of Bob's passing. I met Bob when I worked at Amos Press. He was such an interesting man and had lots of good stories to tell. I admired him for doing what he loved doing. We will miss seeing him this summer at the DQ and many other car shows. We hope your family finds peace knowing how much he was loved.

Jack Miller
   Posted Sat January 04, 2014
My extreme sympathy to Dahlia and Bob's family. Bob was the mold for what all is good in a person, besides being a great automotive historian and car collector. I will cherish the memories of the many good times spent with Bob. He was a great friend.

Jack Miller

Mike,Monika,Megan, & Myles Marlow
   Posted Sat January 04, 2014
We are all so sorry for your loss, Bob was a very kind, and generous man.We will be forever grateful for the way he opened his home up to me and my family when the threat of a tornado was approaching.We will also never forget him walking Elvis, and Sierra,the kids always loved walking over and seeing and petting the dogs.We really wished we had more time to enjoy him, but he will live forever in our hearts.R.I.P. Mr.Stevens.

Tom Anderson
   Posted Sat January 04, 2014
Dahlia and Family, Bob will be missed in the antique car hobby. I always enjoyed seeing him at the car shows, especially at the Springfield Car and Parts Swap Meet where Bob was the Shows' only judge. I enjoy working with Bob at that show for over 25 years. The show will not be the same with out him.

David Frick
   Posted Mon January 06, 2014
We are so very sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Bob and I coached ball together for so many years; both Sidney Electric and Iutis. He was always such a joy to be around. A couple of summers ago he showed me his car collection and reminisced. May all your memories help ease your pain.
Dave, Terri, & Kayla Frick

   Posted Wed January 15, 2014
Having met Bob many years ago as a fellow car collector, I was always impressed with his tremendous interest & enthusiasm for the antique/classic car hobby. More importantly however, he was always a true gentleman, & a down to earth "nice guy". As "Cars & Parts Magazine" Editor, he had photoraphed a number of our automobiles at our home for the magazine. He always dropped by to say hello at the various car shows. We even traveled together to one of the Packard Shows, & had a great time. He will be missed by us, & I'm sure many others in the hobby. We'll miss you Bob!!
Bob & Mary Kay Burgess
Bellbrook, Ohio

Patty LaNoue Dtearns
   Posted Wed January 15, 2014
Bob was a wonderful soul and unique spirit whom i worked for way back in the mkd-seventies while at Sandy Corp. Always funny, always a dear man. My sympathies to his family. He keft this Earth too young.

Dave Hollen
   Posted Mon February 10, 2014
Dahlia and Family.....

My deepest sympathy to you on the loss of Bob. I knew him through the old car hobby and always looked forward to talking with him at Hershey each year. He was one in a million and was a real car guy. God's Speed Mr. Stevens


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