Funeral services were held on Sept. 30 at the Mt. Olive Baptist Church in rural Aurelia, with Pastor Larry Nilson officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery at Aurelia, with military rites by L. A. Wescott Post #2253 of the V.F.W. Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee was in charge of funeral arrangements.
Theo was born June 3, 1922 in Cherokee County to Elgin C. and Edna (Leeds) Stevenson. He graduated from Quimby High School in 1940, and was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U. S. Navy with the Bureau of Ships in Washington, D. C. At the end of war he was stationed in Hawaii, and was in charge of discharging naval personnel.
Theo was among a select group of 24 Iowan veterans recognized by the Postmaster General for his service during World War II and his service to the U. S. Postal Service.
He was married to Mildred Larsen on March 11, 1949 at the Quimby United Methodist Church. Theo farmed in Pilot Township for many years and worked in the Cherokee Post Office and had been a rural mail carrier for many years, retiring in December of 1998.
He was a faithful member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church, the Farm Bureau, and the Retired Rural Mail Carriers. He lived in Cherokee since January of 1993, and prior to this resided on a farm in Pilot Township. Theo enjoyed reading, traveling, following world events in the news, spending time with his family and a good cup of coffee.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Elgin and Edna Stevenson; a son Thomas (in January 1980); a brother, Garold Stevenson and a grandson-in-law, Gene Gustafson.
He is survived by his wife Mildred, two daughters: Karen Stark and her husband Bob of Thorton, Colo and Gail Haight and her husband Grant of Sioux City; a daughter-in-law, Sherri Stevenson Arnold and her husband Mark of Aurelia; five grandchildren - Staci Krier, Suzanne Gustafson, Michael Haight, Katie Haight, and Lindsay Stark; four great-grandchildren -Thomas and Jackson Krier and Elizabeth and Victoria Gustafson; a brother, Merlin Stevenson and his wife Bernie of Schaller; a sister-in-law, Florence Stevenson of Galva; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.