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Dr. Ronald F. Stevens, son of Fred and Geneva Stevens, was born on January 13, 1949, in Wichita, Kansas. He passed away peacefully on Friday, August 6, 2021, at Kidron Bethel, at the age of 72, surrounded by his loving family. As a devoted husband, father and grandfather Ron will be missed by many. He was a member of the St. George Orthodox Christian Cathedral.
Ron attended Westminster College and graduated from Kansas State University before attending medical school in Guadalajara, Mexico. He then returned and did his residency at K.U. School of Medicine. He then met and married the love of his life, Pamela L. Stevens on October 24, 1982, in Wichita, Kansas. He then dedicated his career to serving others as a family physician. He worked at Bethel Clinic, was a partner at Wichita Clinic; and finally retired from Via Christi/Ascension in 2016. He enjoyed getting to know and caring for his patients and their families, who in return enriched his life.
When he wasn’t working as a doctor one of Ronnie’s favorite things to do was to get away and spend time in Avon, Colorado. Over the years he took joy in hiking, biking and downhill skiing. This love of being in the mountains is being continued on the same trails by his children and grandchildren. In the last few years, you could often find him sitting in the front yard on his glider soaking in the sunshine and friendly conversations. Ron enjoyed many things such as attending Kansas State football games, going on long motorcycle rides, cruising in his classic 52’ MG TD, evening phone calls with friends, eating his tiptop from Nuway or burgers from Ty’s Diner, wearing bow ties to the office and always having crushed ice chips and a Diet Pepsi nearby. His greatest joy of all was taking his wife, children and, most importantly, his grandchildren to Disney after his retirement. With the help of his Dream Team of Doctors, Dr. Bassam Mattar, Dr. Wassim H. Shaheen and Dr. Jason Taylor, Ron was able to spend more time with those he loved most.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Geneva Stevens. He will live on in the memories of his wife, Pam, son and daughter-in-law Tyler and Ericia Stevens, daughter Lauren Stevens, Grandchildren Landyn, Oliver and Savannah Stevens; Sisters and brothers-in-laws Jan and Jim Mattingly, Stephanie and Dr. Jay Stanley Jones, and many loved cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. His memory will also live in the many patients he served and met throughout his career. A special thank you to all who helped care for Ronnie in his final days.
Services will include a visitation Sunday, August 15, 2021 from 1-5 p.m. at Petersen’s Funeral Home, 215 N. Main St, Newton, KS 67114. The funeral will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at St. George Orthodox Christian Cathedral, 7515 E. 13th St. N., Wichita, KS 67209. Graveside service 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at Resthaven Gardens of Memory, 11800 W. Hwy 54, Wichita, KS 67209.
Memorials have been established with St. George Orthodox Christian Cathedral, 7515 E. 13th St. N., Wichita, KS 67209; Kidron Bethel Village, 3001 Ivy Dr. North Newton, KS 67117; and NMC Health, 600 Medical Center Dr., Newton, KS 67114.
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