Memorial services for Marvin Stevens of Hot Springs, SD, will be Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 2:00 PM at the Hot Springs High School football field.
Committal services will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Hot Springs, and the family invites everyone to join them afteward at the AMerican Legion for a time of fellowship.
A Memorial has been established for the Hot Springs Volunteer Fire Department.
Online condolences may be left at www.mccolleyschapels.com
Marvin James Stevens was born to Francis & Doris Stevens in Gordon, NE,
May 6, 1937 and passed away due to Covid-19 on August 23, 2020.
Marvin joined his sister Freda and their parents at their home in Batesland, SD. The family moved to rural Hot Springs when Marvin was a small child and he attended school at the Coleman Schoolhouse near what is now Angostura Den.
The family moved to Hot Springs when Marvin was a freshman in high school and he participated – and excelled – in football and track during high school.
Marvin met Betty Lou LeLaCheur in high school and were married on December 29, 1958 in Hot Springs. They were happily married for 49 years before Betty passed away in February 2008.
Marvin and Betty together ran the plumbing shop for many years, helping make it one of the longest continuously running business in Hot Springs. The coffee pot was always on and morning coffee was a main stay for numerous guys over the years.
Marvin loved to make people laugh with his jokes. Marvin will be remembered for his many funny stories and his knowledge of Hot Spring history.
Marvin & Betty had many nights with family and friends around the dining room table playing cards and Marvin acquired the name Skip from the game Phase 10.
TyLea started skipping him during the game multiple times and everyone else followed suit saying GRANDPA Skip! The poor guy did not get to play any cards for numerous games.
Marvin joined the Hot Springs Volunteer Fire Department on October 13, 1960, making him a member for almost 60 years. Marvin was also a longtime member of Bison Boosters, Gold Dust Car Club, American Legion, Jaycees, Rotary & The Elks club.
Marv was an avid bass fisherman teaching many of the neighbor kids how to fish. He also loved to hunt enjoying many hunting camps with family and friends.
Marvin enjoyed watching the Hot Springs Bison football & basketball teams, and tried to help the referees officiate at every game he attended – much to Betty’s dismay. Betty would often get up and move to a different part of the stands. Marvin also kept the stats of every basketball game on the program.
Marvin never went downtown without telling strangers about his kids. If you were new to town or just visiting, you were told all about his twins!
Marvin, Marv, Skip, Skippy, Uncle Marv, Grandpa Skip, Walter will be missed greatly by many.
Honorary Pallbearers are Marvin’s Grandkids & the Hot Springs Volunteer Fire Department members.
Marvin was preceded in death by his wife Betty, his parents, his sister, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Marvin is survived by his children Deb (Don) Robertson, James (Darla) Stevens, Alan (Michelle) Stevens, Grandchildren TyLea Sorensen, Heather (Orin) Robinson, Sarah (Ross) Walker, Mikayla (Ross) Norton, Laree(John Haskvitz), Seth & Riley Stevens. Great-Great Grandchildren Jarek, Brody & Alix Sorensen, Carter, Carsyn & Cruz Norton, Riggs, Ryer & Sloane Walker, Layton Robinson.
And, as Skip would say after being downtown, “well, I just got home”