Harvey Duane Steven
Harvey Duane Steven, 85, of Algona passed away Dec. 15 at Kossuth Regional Health Center in Algona. Funeral services were Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 10:30 a.m. at Oakcrest Funeral Home in Algona with Thomas Steven as the officiant. Burial was in East Lawn Cemetery. Visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 18, at Oakcrest Funeral Services.
Harvey Duane Steven was born in Burt Jan. 11, 1933, to Lloyd Harvey Steven and Dorothy B (Wise) Steven. After graduating from Mapleton High School, he served his country in the United States Army where he spent two years in Germany. Upon his return to the United States, he attended and graduated from the University of Minnesota and Central Baptist Theological Seminary. He was ordained at Lowry Avenue Baptist Church. During his college years, he married his sweetheart, Julia Pauline (Bowman) Steven, on Dec. 23, 1957.
Harvey loved the Lord and felt called to the ministry. In the fall of 1965, Harvey and his wife moved to Artichoke Lake where he served as pastor of Artichoke Lake Baptist Church and director of Big Stone Lake Camp. After nearly four years, Harvey was called to serve as pastor of First Baptist Church of Algona. Later, he and his wife felt called to plant Bible Baptist Church of Algona where he finished his calling as a preacher.
Throughout Harvey’s time in Algona, he was a bus driver and substitute teacher with the Algona Community School District. Harvey also served as the vocational agriculture teacher with North Kossuth Community School District for a brief period.
In his later years, Harvey worked with North Iowa Tree Service, owned by his youngest son, Jonathan Steven. He also enjoyed volunteering for several Farm Safety Day Camps held at the Kossuth County Fairgrounds. Harvey never knew a stranger and could strike up a conversation with anyone. Over the years, Harvey could be found fixing cars with his sons, mowing lawns and managing rental properties. Harvey worked hard and held the motto, “If the job was worth doing, it was worth doing well.”
He loved his children and derived great joy in their successes like finding new employment, remodeling a house, building a garage, and many others. He dearly loved his grandchildren and celebrated in their successes like learning, playing instruments, playing sports, and any other interesting things they had to share. He could often be found pulling pictures out of his wallet and telling stories about his family. At times, this quickly changed a 15-minute trip to the store into a couple of hours.
Harvey is survived by his wife of 61 years Julia (Pauline) Steven of Algona; children William Steven of Pocahontas, Thomas (Karla) Steven of Pella, Julianne (Charlie) Taylor of Pella, and Jonathan Steven of Algona; grandchildren Danielle Steven and Clayton Steven of Pella, and Savannah Steven and Matthew Steven of Algona; sister Betty Ann Lewerke of Britt; brother Loren (Bev) Steven of Prior Lake, Minn.; sister-in-law Arlyss (Neil) Steven; and many nieces and nephews.
Harvey was preceded in death by his parents Lloyd and Dorothy; grandparents Harvey and Anna Steven; brother Neil; and mother-in-law and father-in-law Warren and Nellie Bowman.
Harvey is now at home with his Heavenly Father. “His Lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.” Matthew 25:21 (KJV).
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