Marvin Stevens

Memorial services for 83-year old Marvin Stevens of Hot Springs will be held Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Hot Springs

Committal services follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Hot Springs, and the family invites everyone to join them afterward at the American Legion for a time of fellowship.

A Memorial has been established for the Hot Springs Volunteer Fire Department.

Marvin James Stevens was born May 6, 1937, to Francis & Doris Stevens in Gordon, NE, 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, but the family moved to rural Hot Springs when Marvin was a small child.

He attended school at 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 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 met Betty Lou LeLaCheur in high school and were married on December 29, 1958 in Hot Springs. They were married for 49 years before Betty passed away in February 2008.

Marvin & Betty had many nights with family and friends around the dining room table playing cards. 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. He was also a longtime member of Bison Boosters, Gold Dust Car Club, American Legion, Jaycees, Rotary & The Elks club.

Marvin and Betty ran the plumbing shop together 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.

Marv was an avid bass fisherman and taught 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 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 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.

He was preceded in death by his wife Betty, his parents, his sister, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

And, as Skip would say after being downtown “well I just got home.”

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