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William Reed Stevenson

March 14, 1927 - January 30, 2021
From: Spencer, IA
William Reed Stevenson

William Reed Stevenson

Born: March 14, 1927
Died: January 30, 2021
Age: 93

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William (Bill) Reed Stevenson 93, of Spencer, Iowa passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on Saturday, January 30, 2021.

Bill was born on March 14, 1927 in Elma, Iowa. The oldest son of James and Mary Stevenson. Bill went to school in the Cresco area before the family moved to Spencer.

On February 22, 1947 Bill married the love of his life Ardyce Colleen Tuschoff at the Methodist Parsonage in Spencer. The early years of their marriage were spent in Royal and Webb, Iowa where Bill farmed before moving to Spencer in 1960. At the time of Ardyce’s passing they had celebrated more than 72 years of marriage.

It was in 1960 that Bill started Bill Stevenson Construction. He loved all things construction. Whether it was a small remodel or building a new house, which he built quite a few in the Spencer area. He loved working with his hands and building things. Whether it was a new Christmas display for the front of the house to a new rocking horse for his kids and grandkids, he wasn’t afraid to tackle any project.

While the construction company was their business, first and foremost was their family. Bill and Ardyce were blessed with four sons.  David Stevenson of Las Vegas, NV. Dennis (Ardith) Stevenson and Gary (Liz) Stevenson both of Spencer, Iowa. Doug (Jodi) Stevenson of Sioux City, Iowa.

Bill and Ardyce followed the boys to whatever school event they were in. Whether it was a band concert, a play or sporting event. That love followed thru to supporting their grandkids as they grew up.

Bill and Ardyce were both active members of the First Christian Church of Spencer, serving on numerous committees over the years. Always willing to volunteer for any church function. They were also members of the Iowa Great Lakes Antique Auto Club where Bill loved driving his 1928 Ford Fast Delivery truck in parades. In their earlier years they enjoyed square dancing and playing card with friends.

Holidays were always big family gatherings and summers were spent at the Tuschoff cottage at Okoboji where there was always a gathering of friends or family.

In 1993 Bill and Ardyce retired and sold the business to their sons, Dennis and Gary. Free from the daily grind of work their energy turned to their other loves, gardening and following their grandkids. Bill and Arydce always planted a large garden at their son Dennis’s acreage. They would plant everything they could think of and then can it or freeze it to enjoy later. It would be a canning party every year when the sweet corn came in. Their deep freeze was always busting from the rewards of their harvest.

In their later years, Bill and Ardyce were famous for their pie making operations. Bill could peel apples with the best of them. Their system was a well-oiled assembly line of making apple pies and crisps.  Ardyce spent her final years in the nursing home and Bill would bake her favorite cake and take a piece to her every day. It was a big deal if he didn’t have all the ingredients on hand. One of his favorite things to do recently was watching all the kids play out in front of the house, whether thru the window or while sitting outside on the front porch he loved watching them play and they loved him.

Bill is survived by three brothers, Irvin (Marilyn) Stevenson and Gerald (Donna) Stevenson both of Spencer, Iowa and Francis (Stacia) Stevenson of Des Moines, Iowa. A brother-in law Robert Griffiths of Spirit Lake, Iowa, sister-in laws Lois McConkey of Lewistown, Montana and Alice Tuschoff of Austin, MN. His four sons and their spouses. 5 grandchildren Mitchell (Hillary) Stevenson of Spencer, Christopher (Karen) Stevenson of Ankeny, Iowa, Bethany Love of Sioux City, Iowa, Matthew (Jennie) Stevenson of Spencer, Emily (Pete) Widvey of Everly, Iowa. Bill is also survived by 14 great grandchildren, Trevor, Audrey, Hallie, Ty, Ben, Cole, Cameryn, Caleb, Ashlyn, Anneliese, Ruby, Everett, Jackson & Greta. Also numerous nieces and nephews.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, wife Ardyce, brothers Donnie and Cleatus Stevenson, sisters Delores Brown, Alice VonHolt and Geraldine Christofferson.

 The family has established a memorial fund and requests donations to the fund instead of flowers.

Services are pending.  Memorial services will be held at a later date.


Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 2:01 PM
“So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He was such a kind gentleman with a ready and genuine smile. We are deeply appreciative of Bill and Ardyce’s friendship with Mel and Beryl and the support they gave to Beryl after Mel died. She treasured their friendship. Our condolences to all your family
Janet Clarke and Joan Brink”
- Joan Brink
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 7:59 AM
“Gary and Liz so sorry to read the passing of your Dad , Gary. My condolences to you and the family.
Peace..... Julie Fisher”
- Julie Anderson Fisher
Monday, February 8, 2021 at 7:54 AM
“Bill was a very special Man and we have many fond memories!!!
Wishing All of you Peace and Blessings!!”
- Norm & Bev Salton Dudziak
Monday, February 8, 2021 at 7:53 AM
“Sorry to read about Bill's passing. Our prayers and condolences are with you all.”
- Sheldon & Mary Olson
Friday, February 5, 2021 at 11:30 AM
“So sorry to hear about Bill’s passing. He was a great man.”
- Mike Juza
Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 8:09 AM
“We were so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He was an important role model as we grew up and did so many things together as families. Your dad had such a great sense of humor and was always ready to help out when needed. We are praying for comfort for your families.”
- Gary and Linda Gaston
Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 3:13 PM
“Gary, Liz & families,
Thinking of you & sending my sympathy!
Sue Solomon Kent”
- Sue Solomon Kent
Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 7:53 AM

Our thoughts and prayers. Bill was a very special man and always a smile and time to visit. Dennis may God bless you and your family during the tragic time. ”
- Deb and Mike Wienhold
Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 7:53 AM
“our deepest sympathies too your family from ours..... Godspeed Bill ....”
- Ron, Sharon, Rhonda, Steve (goobe) Essick
Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 7:53 AM
“We are very sorry to read about Bill. Our thoughts are with all the family.”
- Donna/Tom Malmgren
Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 2:48 PM
“We are so sad to have lost Bill as a neighbor. What a kind man! Thinking of you all. ”
- Jenny, Brad, Jalyn, and Brandt
Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 2:48 PM
“We were so sorry to hear of your loss Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family”
- Steve and Barb Meyer
Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 7:54 AM
“Our condolences to Bill's family. We are praying for you during this time of mourning.”
- Jordan & Krystal Gowing
Monday, February 1, 2021 at 12:31 PM
“We loved uncle Bill so much. Funny, sweet, loveable. So many great memories of all of the Stevenson family at the cabin. Love and hugs from Tom, Laura, Richard (died 2008), Dick (died 2013), Lorraine (died 2019). ”
- Laura Worsfold
Monday, February 1, 2021 at 12:31 PM
“Gary, Liz, Mitch, and Matt,
You are in our thoughts and prayers. Hang onto those sweet memories! Sending love and hugs, Gary and Kathy Brees”
- Kathy Anderson Brees
Monday, February 1, 2021 at 7:58 AM
“PRAYERS to you all at this difficult time. Bill touched many lives & will be missed by many. He was truly a great business man, husband, father, grandpa, brother, uncle, etc. & friend. He LOVED you all & left many wonderful memories in your hearts forever. May God guide you today and always.”
- Kirby & Judi Nielsen & Family
Monday, February 1, 2021 at 7:58 AM
“My sympathy to Denny and family. I enjoyed many visits with Bill in recent years. My thoughts and prayers to all.”
- Jim Johannsen
Monday, February 1, 2021 at 7:58 AM
“Prayers of comfort and peace for your family. Bill was a wonderful man. ”
- Brenda Griffin
Monday, February 1, 2021 at 7:58 AM
“We are so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Our parents are now all in heaven enjoying each other again...probably bowling or playing 500. May God give you comfort and peace during this difficult time. Love to you and your family. ”
- Ruben and Donnis Eninger Stugart
Monday, February 1, 2021 at 7:58 AM
“So sorry to hear Covid took another great person. Bill was a wonderful neighbor for over 40 years! ”
- Randy & Judy Van Dyke
Monday, February 1, 2021 at 7:58 AM
“So sorry for the loss of your father, grandfather, brother. All are in my thoughts prayers.”
- Louise Simpson
Monday, February 1, 2021 at 7:58 AM
“Our prayers go out to your family.”
- John Blair and family
Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 4:33 PM
Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 3:14 PM
“Prayers are going out to the entire Stevenson family ”
- Dorothy Machholz
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