James “Jim” A. Stevens, 68, of rural Cambridge, died Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at his home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 17 th , at the Galva Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services. Pastor Caleb Phillips will officiate. Burial will be at Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the James Stevens Memorial Fund.
James Arthur Stevens was born January 21, 1946 in Moline, the son of August and Margaret Maertens Stevens. He attended Cambridge schools and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1964. He served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968. His marriage to Clara “Tooter” VanWinkle took place on April 5, 1975 in Imboden, Arkansas.
He farmed the family farm in rural Cambridge. Jim also drove a livestock truck and worked as a hired hand for William Leff in rural Bishop Hill. He had worked in maintenance at Hillcrest Home, rural Geneseo, for many years until his retirement in 2008. Jim loved his family and especially enjoyed his grandchildren. He also enjoyed drinking coffee, sharing stories, playing cards with his friends, traveling, fishing, camping, and anything related to farming.
Those surviving are his wife, Tooter, two sons and daughters-in-law, Brian and Jennifer Stevens, Cambridge, Duane and Jenny Stevens, Kewanee, a daughter, Janet Stevens, Normal, IL, grandchildren, Jessica, Courtney, and Marissa, all of Kewanee, Maddy and Jon, Cambridge, and great grandchildren, Thomas and Alivia, Kewanee. Also surviving are siblings, Donald Stevens, Altona, Carol (Paul) VanWinkle, Ozark, MO, John (Karen) Stevens, Altona, his mother-in-law, Sally VanWinkle, Imboden, AR, and several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, his parents, father-in-law, Willard VanWinkle, and sister-in-law, Sharon Stevens.