Virgil LeRoy Stevens died peacefully in his home surrounded by loved ones just outside of Blythdale, Missouri on March 3, 2021 at the age of 87.
He was born on August 15, 1933 in Harrison County, Missouri to Charles and Murryl (Martin) Stevens.
On May 24, 1953, he married his beloved Helen Marie King at the Methodist Church in Mt. Moriah, MO.
He served in the United States Army from November 4th, 1953 to November 3rd, 1955. Virgil was a heavy equipment operator, which fueled his love for bulldozers.
After leaving the military, he found his true passion in life. He raised cattle and hogs in Ridgeway, Missouri and then a few years later purchased Stevens Farm east of Blythedale. Over the years, Virgil raised dairy cows, hogs, sheep, and cattle; often doing custom farming work. Toward the end of his career he was involved in row crop farming and took care of his cows. His animals and his farm were not only his livelihood but passion in life which he cared for until the very end.
Virgil is survived by his wife, Helen of the home and his beloved dog, “Stinky”; children, Terri (Lester) Johns of Bethany, Rosetta (Doug) Waychus formally of Rockford, IA and now east of Blythedale, Doug Stevens of St. Joseph; grandchildren, Lance (Jan) Johns of Bethany, David (Dianne) Johns of Cameron, Tim (Polly) Johns of Bethany, and Christina (Morris) Pittsenbarger of Bethany, Danielle (Chris) Patterson of Marion, IA, Markus Hamlett of Destin, FL, Sherman Lee Stevens of Stanberry, Nick Stevens of Bethany and Meghan (Thad) Landers of Shellrock, IA; and a plethora of great and great-great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and longtime friends, David and Janie Gates and Justin Smith and family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Vera Ewing, Vivian Yates-Shelton, Verl Stevens; half-siblings, Luella Stevens, Delores Brookes, Crystal Hillman, Eleanor Rawlings, Clarence Stevens and Russell Martin and great-grandson, Stephen Johns.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 8 at Roberson Funeral Home, Eagleville, MO. Burial with Military Rites will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Blythedale, MO. The family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home where social distancing will be observed and masks are recommended. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Harrison County Hospice in care of Roberson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 46, Eagleville, MO 64442. Online condolences may be left at www.robersonfuneralhome.com