On Feb. 13, 2020, Robert Frederick Stevens was buried in a military funeral at Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego, Calif. Robert was a true warrior in his fight with cancer and passed away peacefully on his birthday, Jan. 25, at the age of 73, at his home in Lakeside, Calif., surrounded by family and friends. 

He was born in 1947 in northern Minnesota at the Fosston hospital to parents John and Edna Stevens and grew up in the nearby town of Gonvick. The Stevens family moved to Starbuck in 1962 and they all loved living by Lake Minnewaska, where they all fully enjoyed boating, water-skiing, swimming, fishing and canoeing.  Bob spent the last three years of high school in Starbuck. He was also a graduate of Moorhead State College. 

Bob was given his first airplane flight, and many after that, by Starbuck farmer and state representative Delbert Anderson. From the moment he flew above the farmland and lakes of Pope County, there was almost no other place he’d rather be than up in the air masterfully controlling his craft and enjoying the freedom of flying. Bob achieved his dream of becoming a pilot in the Navy. Bob received his “wings” after flight training at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla. He flew rescue helicopters off the USS aircraft carrier ORISKANY for two tours of duty during the Vietnam War, and also a variety of aircraft during his 20-year military career. After his retirement he worked as a corporate pilot for several different companies and was fortunate to travel nationally and abroad. His international flights took him to such unusual places as China and Siberia.  

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