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Robert K. Stevens

Robert K. Stevens, 78, of Marathon, NY, passed away on Friday, June 26, 2020, at Hospicare of Ithaca.

Bob was born in Cortland, NY, on October 4, 1941, the son of the late John D. and Thelma V. Underwood Stevens.  A lifelong resident of the area, he was a 1959 graduate of Marathon Central School.  He proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968.  He was a life member of the Marathon Fire Department, having served twice as Fire Chief, and was a former member of the Marathon Emergency Squad.  Throughout the years he had worked for Grumman Boats, United Parcel Service, Salisbury Fire Equipment and retired from Cortland County Buildings and Grounds.  In his spare time, Bob was a faithful and devoted follower of the Marathon Central School athletic program.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Gwen Stevens; a son, Kevin Stevens; a grandson, Dylan Stevens; and the light of his life, his great-grandson, Jaxson Stevens, all of Marathon.  He also leaves behind a sister, Nancy Witty of Dryden; uncles, Warren (Pat) Underwood of Ithaca and Gary (Liz) Underwood of McGraw; an aunt, Sylvia Underwood, of McGraw; three nieces; and several cousins.

The family will be present to receive friends at the Marathon Memorial Chapel, 4071 State Route 221, Marathon, NY, on Saturday, July 11, 2020, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  On recommendation from the New York State Funeral Directors Association, face masks will be required if social distancing cannot be maintained.  Private memorial services will be held at the conclusion of visitation.  Expressions of sympathy in memory of Bob may be directed to MAVAC, P.O. Box 132, Marathon, NY 13803 or Hospicare, 172 E. King Road, Ithaca, NY 14850.

For those who wish to be a part of Bob's memorial service but are unable to attend, the service will be streamed live at 2:00 p.m.  Simply copy the following link and paste into your browser bar.  https://client.tribucast.com/tcid/63878305

The family would like to extend their thanks for the assistance of the staff at the Hospicare House of Ithaca and his primary care nurse, John Hughes.

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Bob was the person who kept everything running for us in the nursing division of the Health Department at the County Office Building. He was always so friendly and helpful. He even made an end table for us when we were trying to make our lunch area a little easier to use. He was just such a nice man with a lot of practical skills to offer. I really missed him after he retired and am so sorry to hear that he has now passed away. Mary Jane Uttech

Mary Jane Uttech Jul 12 2020 12:00 AM

Gwen, Kevin & family,
Sending you love in this hard time. Know he is watching over all of you.
With love,
Melissa (Brown) Fox

Melissa Fox Jun 28 2020 12:00 AM

Gwen Kevin and family- Our Sincere condolences to you all. Sending prayers and love to you at this difficult time. May Bobby RIP

Bob and Lisa Storie Jun 28 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Robert Stevens

Patricia A . Canfield Jun 27 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Robert Stevens

Barbara & Robert Elwyn Jun 27 2020 12:00 AM

Gwen & Kevin & Family, So sorry for your loss, know he is not suffering anymore, Sincerely, Brenda & Tom Ashcroft

Brenda Ashcroft Jun 27 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Gwen, Kevin and Family,
There are no words to tell you how sorry I am to hear of Bobbys passing. May you find strength and peace during this hard time.

Rosemarie Fralick Jun 27 2020 12:00 AM