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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Updated Obituary - Kenneth “Ken” Earl Stevens

Kenneth “Ken” Earl Stevens, 70, Archie, MO, died Friday, April 2, 2021 at the Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, MO. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 8, 2021 at the First Baptist Church in Archie, MO. Memorial contributions may be made to the University of Kansas, Willed Body Program.

Ken was born October 22, 1950 in Butler, MO, a son of Robert L. and Alice Eileen (Hill) Stevens. Ken was baptized on Easter Sunday, April, 1960, along with his dad, Robert L. Stevens, at the First Baptist Church in Archie. He was a 1968 graduate of Archie High School. Ken attended Pitt State University from 1969-1971 and graduated from Kansas State University in December 1973, with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Wildlife Conservation. Ken worked as a potato peeler as a boy and worked his way up to fry cook at his parent's drive in, Archie Dari-Dine. As an adult, Ken worked as an engineer technician on highways and bridges in Colorado and Northern California. He worked on one railroad project in Wyoming in the early 1980’s and lead inspector at Denver International Airport in the early 1990’s. He also worked a second stint in the early 2000’s before moving back to his mom’s house in Archie. In 2002, Ken established Quail Ridge Sub-Division in Archie.

Ken enjoyed family vacations as a child and youth at the Lake of the Ozarks with his parents and brother. As a young boy, Ken’s Granddad Bert and Aunt Mae and Uncle Jake would join them on occasion to enjoy fishing and family fellowship. A lot of crappie were caught, dressed, and fried up. On special occasions, the family dined out at Grady’s Bar-B-Que in Gravois Mills. Ken also enjoyed playing baseball (hard ball) on the Archie summer youth league, coached by Clell Frazier and Charles Cooper, where he tried to learn the finer techniques of the game. His teammates were Gary Cantrell (first base), Gary Hall, (shortstop), and Kevin Walters (catcher). Ken played mostly second base, but occasionally played right field and very rarely, pitcher. He also enjoyed hunting quail with his dad and brother and Uncle Harold in some of the farm land in Cass and Bates Counties.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert L. Stevens, paternal grandparents, Bert and Anna Stevens and maternal grandparents, Earl and Ruby Hill, along with many great cousins and friends. Ken is survived by his mother, Eileen Stevens, Archie, MO; one brother, Robert “Bob” D. Stevens and his wife, Viktoria; and a nephew, Sean Adam Stevens.