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KANKAKEE - Robert Russell "Bud" Stevens, 75, Kankakee, died Sunday (Oct. 11, 2009) at his home.

His funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Asbury United Methodist Church, Kankakee.

Burial will be at Limestone Cemetery, Kankakee. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the church.

Memorials may be made to Bottomly Ruffing Chalk Baseball Museum, Asbury United Methodist Church or Hospice of Kankakee Valley.

Schreffler Funeral Home, Kankakee, is in charge of arrangements.

He was born July 12, 1934, in Campus, son of Oliver and Myrtle Hodges Stevens. He married the Rev. Jeanette E. Gerretse on June 19, 1971, at First Baptist Church, Kankakee. She survives.

Also surviving are his sister, Mary (Ken) Tabor, Dwight; brother, Elder Elmer (Judy) Stevens, Dardanelle, Ark.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Gary and Linda Gerretse, Kankakee; sister-in-law, Diana Gerretse, Orr, Minn.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dale and Kim Gerretse, Bourbonnais; brother-in-law, Harris Sevin, Bourbonnais; brother-in-law, Raymond (Shirley) Patchett, Patchett Junction, Ky.; sister-in-law, Gloria Patchett Stevens, Vine Grove, Ky.; daughter, Roberta Kay Stevens Tidmore, Pyatt, Ark.; son, the Rev. Brian Lee (Pam) Stevens, Cherokee Village, Ark.; granddaughter, Dawn Marie Marshall; grandsons, Virgil, Peter and Jeff Stevens, all of Cherokee Village, Ark.; four great-granddaughters; two stepgreat-granddaughters; and numerous nieces and nephews.

His first wife, Marcella Patchett Stevens, died July 24, 1970. Twelve brothers and sisters preceded him in death.

Robert retired from Quaker/General Foods after 32 years of service. After retirement, he was weekend custodian at Asbury United Methodist Church. He and his wife served Bourbonnais Grace United Methodist Church, Deselm/Ritchey United Methodist Church, Nokomis United Methodist Church and Saunemin/Odell United Methodist Church.

Robert was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church. He had served on various church boards and committees. He enjoyed the small study groups and United Methodist Men.

Robert enjoyed sports of all kinds. An avid sports fan, he followed the Chicago teams. He followed high school sports.

He was a board member of the BRC Baseball Museum in Nokomis and a member of Rotary International in Nokomis.

As long as he was able, he loved to garden and do lawn work.

He wrote free verse and prose and drew characters.

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