LACONIA — David B. Stevens, 93, formerly of New Hampton, NH and Belleview, Florida, died on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013 at the Belknap County Nursing Home in Laconia NH. Born on December 28, 1919 in Greenfield, Massachusetts he was the son of David Brown Stevens and Laura (Wurtenberger) Stevens Hatch, and was brought up on the campus of Mount Hermon Prep School in Gill, Mass. His father, a native of New Hampton, NH, had moved to Mt. Hermon to manage the prep school's large herd of dairy cattle. Mr. Stevens was educated at local elementary schools and attended Mount Hermon Prep School.
David was proud to serve his country during World War II. He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942, and was stationed at remote airfields in China, where he was a fuel supply specialist, supporting the brave pilots, who flew "Flying Tigers" aircraft, longrange bombers, and transport planes, until the end of the war.
He was a farmer, carpenter and roofer. In 1947 he designed and built the family home in Gill, Massachusetts where he resided for many years. He cut the logs to make the lumber and beams, and for the roof, he bought the slate off an old tobacco barn, and installed it. For over 35 years, he worked as a machinist at Greenfield Tap&Die, and Bendix Cutting Tool Div. in Greenfield, Mass.
Upon retirement in 1979, Mr. and Mrs. Stevens moved to his family homestead on the Oxbow Road in New Hampton NH. They also lived on Sky Pond Rd, New Hampton, and spent many years in Summerfield and Belleview, Florida returning to New Hampshire in 2009.
David was known for his friendly and helpful nature and his great sense of humor. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Ruth June (Phelps) Stevens, a resident of Belknap County Nursing Home, three sons Daniel R. Stevens and wife Joyce of Bristol, NH, Bruce D. Stevens and wife Stacy of New Hampton NH., Gary R. Stevens and companion Rhonda Clark of Warren, NH., two daughters, Beverly J. Butterfield, and companion Ed Stout of Summerfield, FL., and Elizabeth E. Gross and husband Gordon Gross of Henderson, Nevada. One brother, Richard W. Stevens and wife Jerry of Reston, Virginia, eight grandchildren, Brian Stevens, Kevin Stevens, Quincy Stevens Gunn, Gordon Gross, Jr, Katy Gross, Corilynn Gross, Kala Stevens and Austin Stevens, 10 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the Belknap County Nursing Home and their employees for the compassionate care given over the last 3 years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Belknap County Nursing Home's Activities Fund at 30 County Drive, Laconia, NH 03246.
There will be no calling hours. A grave-side burial service will be held at the N.H. State Veteran's Cemetery in Boscawen NH on Monday, September 9th at 11 a.m.