Michael Stevens passed away at his home on Saturday, November 6, 2021. He was 64 years old.
A memorial service will take place at the Iten Funeral Home in Browerville, Minnesota, on Friday, November 12, 2021, at 11:00 AM, with a visitation being held one hour prior.
Michael “Mike” Stevens was born in Worthington, MN to Daniel and Clarine Stevens on June 7th, 1957. Mike grew up in Worthington in what he described with admiration to be a very “big Victorian house” and was the youngest in the family. Mike often would share stories about his family history of his dad and Mom who he loved very much. He bragged about working for his dad doing all kinds of landscaping and odd jobs growing up. The Stevens family moved to Browerville when Mike was going into the seventh grade where he would later graduate Browerville High School in 1975.
During his time in school, he met the love of his life, Cindy. Affectionately he would tell his children that they had their first date shortly after the State Art Fair competition their senior year. Mike would tell his children it was the only time in his life he one up’d Cindy to take first place and Cindy taking second - the disagreement was settled over an ice cream cone at Dairy Queen.
After high school, Cindy and Mike had a lot of fun in the Twin Cities, Spicer, and eventually back to Browerville to “the grey house” on Gillis Ave. In 1981 the love birds wed, becoming the last couple to be married in St. Peter’s church. Mike had three children, Andy, Adam and Anna. Mike loved his children dearly and taught them creativity, patience and empathy - not to mention to “say it like it is” typically in as few words as possible. Michael never would give up on anybody, always giving the benefit of the doubt, and was sure there were always multiple perspectives.
Mike proudly worked the majority of his career in the pressroom at Hart Press (Banta).
In the mid-80’s Mike and Cindy moved east of town six miles where he would make a home in Little Elk on a small hobby farm including horses, dogs and all kinds of animals in between. Those from the area that were close to Mike would know of his “shed” where many stories were exchanged even though at times Mike was a man of few words. Stories would include “country” things, music, advice to kids and friends, the latest news and if late enough exchanges of philosophy on life.
Mike had many hobbies throughout the years including fishing, fly tying, black and white movies (especially westerns), firearms, beekeeping, gardening, dog sledding, and always, music. Michael was an avid guitar player, trumpet, piano, and many other musical instruments that made their way into the yard. Mike was a rocker, bluesman, and a country boy.
Michael was driven by his love for the family who he is survived by; Wife Cindy of 40 years marriage, sons Andrew (Heidi) Stevens, Adam Stevens, daughter Anna Stevens, and a recent love of his life, granddaughter Audrey.
We love you and miss you, Dad.
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