Obituary: Stevenson, Delbert
STEVENSON, Delbert (October 16, 1924 - December 28, 2013) Born in Hillyard, Washington, and passed away at the Fairfield Care Center with family members and his wife of 64 years, Kituri, at his bedside. Raised by his mother and 12 older siblings on a farm near Cheney, Washington, he grew up hunting and fishing in and around Bonnie Lake. His passion for hunting and fishing carried through to some of his very final thoughts and words. In addition to outdoor activities, he enjoyed watching sports and time spent with his friends and family. Del enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at the beginning of World War II. His discharge papers read like a timeline of where the heavy combat in the Pacific campaign took place. Highly decorated, including two Purple Hearts, and numerous other medals for bravery, Del did not enjoy sharing his war time stories and often changed the subject when approached. Del spent the majority of his life living in Rockford, Washington working for what was at the time Rockford Grain Growers. Delbert was preceded in death by his father Albert (when he was six months old), his mother Georgia, and all twelve of his older brothers and sisters. Survivors include, his wife Kituri; daughters Ida (Ken) Clausen and Jenny Bardue (Alan Espy); son Clint Stevenson (Vivian Plank); two grandsons Jeremy and Jason Clausen; as well as two great-granddaughters Olivia and Sophia Clausen. Del will be greatly missed by all who remember him but especially his family. A Memorial Gathering will be held Saturday, January 4, 2014 at the Harvest Moon in Rockford, Washington from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M.