Paul Pren Stevens was born on June 15, 1934 southeast of Allendale, MO and passed on to be with his Lord on August 12, 2020 in Grant City, Mo at the age of 86 years, 1 month, 28 days.
He is the son of the late Lester and Edith Stevens. He married his high school sweetheart, Martha Ann Myers, on May 16, 1954.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years and his children: Paula Jean (Andy) Kunonen, James Bradley (Judy) Stevens, Leslie Michael (Gayla) Stevens, Stuart Allen (Vicki) Stevens. They were blessed with eight grandchildren: Jason Jay (Torri) Kuonen, Blake Leslie Stevens, Bruce Randall Stevens, Brock Jameson Stevens, Christine (Derek) Feighley, J.B. (Alyssa) Stevens, Dwight Allen (Katelyn) Stevens, Hunter Ann Stevens. In addition, they have been further blessed with 11 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.
Pren was a member of the Allendale Baptist Church. He was baptized at the age of 12 after accepting Jesus as his Lord and Savior at a revival meeting. Pren loved the farm and his horses. He was proud of his cattle and constantly working to improve his herd. His quarter horses were not just for working the cattle, but also for show and cutting-horse competition. He loved to hunt and fish. His bird dogs and his hounds brought him a lot of joy…a joy he shared with his sons and friends. Hunting and fishing was as much about the camaraderie as it was the thrill of the catch. But mostly, he loved his family. The farm was a family affair that brought the family closer together as everyone pitched in with the chores, working the cattle, putting up hay, etc. The family has many fond memories of working with Dad on the farm. It was not just the work; he made it fun too as he joked with his children and his dad…and teased them as well. He was a man with many good friends and a big, soft heart. He will be missed by us all.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Betty Louise Robertson.
There will be a visitation one hour prior to the funeral service. The service will be held at PrughDunfee Funeral Home on Saturday, August 15 at 11:00 AM with Pastor Darrell Darby officiating the service.
The pall bearers are his six grandsons, Dwight Stevens, Blake Stevens, Bruce Stevens, Brock Stevens, Jason Kuonen, and J.B. Stevens. Honorary pall bearers are his close friends: Charlie Pickering, Dale Knight, Ted Findley, and Norvil Miller. Interment will be at the Kirk Cemetery north of Allendale after the service. Memorial gifts may be sent to the Allendale Baptist Church building fund.