Born On: September 22, 1941

Passed On: March 03, 2019

John H. Stevens

John H. Stevens, at age 77, passed away into his Savior’s arms on Sunday, March 3, 2019. He was born in Lake City, Michigan on September 22, 1941 to the late John and Kathryn (Talsma) Stevens.  John is survived by his loving wife, Barbara, of 57 years; Children: Lisa Stevens, Hope Kieft, and Amy (Louis) Lesner; Grandchildren: Yavonne, Elena (Jose’) Pacheco, Jessica, and Kristina; Great-grandchildren: Marco, Noelia, Diego, Valeria, Mauricio; his Sister, Joan Forsythe; Brother-in-law, Dell McDonald; Sisters-in-law, Luella Grooters and Linda Troxel; several nieces and nephews.  Along with his parents, John was preceded in death by his dear son-in-law, David Kieft; Brothers, Leonard (Maxine) Stevens, Richard (Dorothy) Stevens; Sister, Betty McDonald; Brothers-in-law, Bill Forsythe, John Grooters and LeRoy Troxel.

John was very talented and spent a lot of time in his wood working shop, fixing things, renovating and creating ways to solve problems. John retired from the State of Michigan where he worked as an investigator. After retirement, he helped many seniors through his business, A Handy Friend. He loved people and cared for them by helping them in many small ways.   He hosted travelers with Barbara at their Blue Country Bed and Breakfast.

He was a past member of Calvary Baptist Church where he loved serving God by being a prayer warrior and active in many ministries. He is a member of Trinity Baptist Church, 4381 S. Sheridan Road, Muskegon where a Celebration of Life and Marriage will be held on his 58th Wedding Anniversary, March 30, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.  Pastor Scott Church officiating.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m.   Memorial contributions are appreciated to Trinity Baptist Church ministries in his honor or to the “Little Red House Inc. Adult Day Care Services” 311 E Exchange St, Spring Lake, MI 49456.

ARRANGEMENTS BY SHORELINE MEMORIAL SERVICES, MUSEKGON (231)-722-5050

Visitation Information


Trinity Baptist Church
4381 South Sheridan Road
Muskegon, Michigan 49444

Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Celebration of Life Service Information


Trinity Baptist Church
4381 South Sheridan Road
Muskegon, Michigan 49444

Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM

9 thoughts on “John H. Stevens

  1. Bill Rexford

    John was a great friend. We became close after he and his family moved to Muskegon and he transferred to the Muskegon County Department of Social. I had the pleasure of working with John there for over 20 years and we retired together in 1997. I remember years ago when I was building my barn John did a lot of research and helped me figure out the angles for the roof and then helped me shingle that high steep roof. John was a caring man who was always looking for ways to reach out and help others. After retirement he started his business called a “Handy Friend”. What an appropriate title for John. He was a talented handy man and really cared about helping people. He was an honest, gentle, man of deep integrity. When he needed another hand John would sometimes call me to work with him on a project he had. I remember the time he asked me to come out and spray the bees around a roof of a building he was working on. He was allergic to bee stings and had spent sometime in ER after getting stung that afternoon. He still wanted to finish the job so had me come out to spray and we were able to complete the job.
    Pat and I really enjoyed getting together with Barb & John and it was such an honor when they invited us to celebrate with them the renewal of their wedding vows up at the Hexagon House in Pentwater on their 25th wedding anniversary.
    I will really miss John. Both John and Barb had a deep commitment to Jesus Christ and I look forward to seeing him again one day.

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  2. Pastor Bill Rudd

    John and Barb were very faithful and involved members at Calvary for many years. Both served faithfully in many ministries — wherever they were needed. John’s gentle spirit, constant encouragement, warm smile, and his faithful and selfless service were always a blessing. Among many other things, John served as chairman of the deacons for a number of years. He was never about himself, always about serving his Lord and helping others. Recently Jeff Carey, who experienced a dramatic conversion after a lifetime of criminal activity and prison, told me how much John had helped and mentored him. John didn’t tell anyone about it. He just did it!

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  3. Lisa Stevens

    Remember your BIRTHDAY PRESENT MOM…only GOD can do this & he gave you’re the BEST GIFT which will last FOREVER! Don’t give up mom. Dad is having a family reunion right now and taking care of all the grandkids and David and the rest of our family and friends. You have your daughters and grandchildren coming to see you soon!!!! Love you mom! You and dad were so IN LOVE and it showed!!!! God is not done with you yet. you still have a great FUTURE here on EARTH. Dad is in a better place with his memory in tack! Complete RESTORATION MOM!!!!
    And Hope…I’ll be there soon to help YOU.
    Love ya, Lisa Stevens

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  4. Kurt and Karla Stevens

    The outpouring of love we felt from Uncle John and Aunt Barb when Dorothy past away was so appreciated. We had such wonderful visits as we repaired Dorothy’s home for sale. Our visits continued after we sold the home sharing time of fellowship over meals. Uncle John was a loving man from head to toe. I Karla, especially enjoyed our discussions about craftsmanship and gardening. He was a master of both. You will be greatly missed, but not forgotten. Enjoy your heavenly home!

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    1. Jeff Stevens

      I second that with my Brother. He will be so very missed by me also. and He was the best at all he did in life. There is no doubt about that, especially being there for me when I spent so many dark days in Muskegon at that place with bars on it. 🙁 He lifted me up every time he came to see me, even though it risked both of our lives. THANK YOU AND I LOVE YOU DEARLY….

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  5. Tom Selander

    So sorry to read about this Johns passing. I met John when he would work in the Kent County office, where I worked, several days a month. I found out we had a lot of common friends and interests in life. He was a positive, friendly guy and an interesting person to talk to. He knew a lot about a lot of different subjects.
    I remember when he was retiring from the State he gave me one of his business cards for his handyman service. He was one of those guys that knew a lot about home maintenance and he was eager to share his talents and energy helping others.

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  6. Elena Pacheco

    What I wouldn’t give to hug you one last time grandpa! You were my one and only grandpa and you loved us so much. The day we were told your memory was no longer there was unbelievable. To us with so much distance it seemed over night. Grandma we love you, he was so in love with you until his last breath. Stay strong and know grandpa is okay now. You took such great care of him. You are so strong Grandma! We love you.

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  7. Hope Kieft

    I love you so much Dad! I am so proud to be your daughter. You taught me to love people and solve problems too. You shared your big loving heart with me. I will miss you dearly.

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