Merle Jay Stevens

July 26, 1932 ~ February 10, 2021 (age 88)


  Merle Jay Stevens, 88, of Lakeland, passed away in his sleep on February 10, 2021 at Good Shepherd Hospice House in Lakeland, Florida.  He was born in Saginaw, Michigan to Arthur Stevens and Frieda Loider.
  Merle left school to support his family in the 10th grade. After enlisting in the U.S. Army on November 17, 1952 from Fort Wayne, MI,  he served during the Korean War in Germany as a Military Police Officer from 1952-1954.  He received an Honorable Discharge and was proud to serve our country.  Merle worked at GM Tech Center in Warren, MI as a Wood Model Maker for 31 yrs, and took over running his brother's tool and die shop after he passed away and liquidated stores throughout the country.  He then enjoyed retirement.  He loved to work with his hands and was constantly upgrading his different homes throughout the years. Merle lived in Michigan for 52 years, then bought a house in Lakeland Harbor 1982 for he and his wife to enjoy.  In 1993, they built their dream home in Lakeland, FL - he was so proud!  He couldn’t do enough projects to improve the home inside and out which he loved doing.  His attention to detail and perfectionism was infectious! Merle was an active member of the Reformation Lutheran Church in Lakeland.
  He is preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife of 67 yrs, Louella; his parents; daughter Susan A. Stevens; brother Jerry Stevens; sister Jean(Stevens) Spencer; half-sister Joan(Stevens)Dutz.
Left to treasure his memory is daughter Deborah K. Robinson(John D.); grandsons Kyle D. Viscomi (Katelyn E.), Michael J. Cowan, Craig A. Viscomi, great-granddaughters Valentina L. Viscomi, Daniela M. Viscomi; best friends Daniel and Mary Penzien.
  He was a hard worker his entire life, very compassionate, loved to golf, bowl with his friends every Friday night with an average of 200+, travel, play cards, loved entertaining and spending time with his family and friends. 
 A Service will be held 11am on Saturday, March 6, 2021, Reformation Lutheran Church,
460 Old Polk City Road, Lakeland, Fl  33809. 

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