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.
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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