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Columbia Missourian

Robert Stevens opened home to travelers, ministered to international students

By Maura Hohman
September 27, 2013 | 3:22 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Robert "Bob" Harold Stevens spent 18 years of his life ministering to international students in Columbia.

He and his wife always had an open door for any person who needed a place to stay, whether it was a missionary on furlough or a member of his extended family.

Robert "Bob" Harold Stevens died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013. He was 86.

He was born Feb. 28, 1927, in Huntington, W.Va., to Lester M. and Elva (Adkins) Stevens.

He met his wife, Lola Lois "Lou" Stevens, as a child, and they grew up together along the Ohio River.

Mr. Stevens worked for Kaiser Aluminum in Ravenswood, W.Va., until 1967, when he was promoted to a position at Kaiser Center in Oakland, Calif. He moved to Mexico, Mo., in 1970 to work in Kaiser Refractories.

Mr. Stevens is survived by his six children, Michael Stevens, Michele Stevens Sanders, Mark Stevens, Matthew Stevens, Marcia Stevens and Shawn Stevens; a brother, Bill Stevens of Huntington, W.Va.; nine grandchildren; and other family members.

His wife, Lola Lois "Lou" Stevens, and a sister, Maxine Stevens Gwilliams of Huntington, W.Va., died earlier.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Christian Fellowship Church, 4600 Christian Fellowship Road. Burial will immediately follow the services at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to Christian Fellowship School, 4600 Christian Fellowship Road, Columbia, MO 65201, or to International Community Church, P.O. Box 672, Columbia, MO 65205.

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