Harry G. Stevenson


Harry G. Stevenson of Lakewood, Colorado, passed away on June 10, 2019.
He was born in New Castle on March 15, 1941. Harry was 14 years of age when his father died in 1955, and because his mother was ill, he went to live with the Meehan family at the Meehan Funeral Home in 1956, where he learned many aspects of the funeral industry.
After a couple of years in the Navy and completing his Naval Reserve duties, he moved to Denver, Colorado, in 1962, with his earthly possessions in a cardboard box and $26 in cash. He immediately found full-time employment at the Haley Ambulance, Denver, and was able to work part-time at Noonan Mortuary, where he later went full time.
He married Mary Ann (Schmidt) Stevenson in 1965. He also started college at Metropolitan State University in 1966, and graduated in 1972.
He became a licensed mortuary science practitioner. In 1974, he pioneered the Brown Runyan Stevenson Mortuary in Lakewood. In 1979 to 1989, he served as a deputy coroner with Jefferson County Colorado. In 1981, Harry purchased the Capitol Mortuaries of Denver. Also, during that year, Harry installed the first "on site" crematory at the Runyan-Stevenson Mortuary. His business grew to almost 3,000 cases volume yearly during that time.
He merged Runyan-Stevenson Capitol Mortuary and Denver Crematory with Newcomer Mortuaries in 1988. Ten years later, Runyan-Stevenson Capitol merged with Olinger Mortuary. Olinger Mortuaries (Dignity Memorial) currently operate 11 funeral homes and six cemeteries in the Denver metropolitan area. He knew the funeral Industry and especially the Denver funeral and cemetery history like no one else.
At the time of his death, Harry remained an employee of the Olinger Mortuaries. He cherished his 63-plus years with 56 of those years in the Denver area. He never charged a family when they lost a child. He also provided funerals, at no cost, for clergyman, nuns and priests.
During his career, he was most proud of the Lifetime Achievement Award given to him in 2015 by SCI (Dignity Memorial Funeral Homes). Today, this award is known as the Harry and Mary Ann Stevenson Lifetime Achievement Award and is awarded every year to a very deserving employee of the funeral home.
In 2017 he was so proud to be the recipient of the St. Jude Award from his parish church, St. Jude Catholic Church in Lakewood.
Over the years, he was active in many service clubs, including the Serra Club, Knights of Columbus, Foothills Rotary Club, Kiwanis and was an active member of St. Jude Catholic Church in Lakewood. He also served as president of the Colorado Funeral Directors and mentored many aspiring funeral directors.
He cherished his many friendships in the funeral industry and valued all of his many friends. He loved to share his many stories with everyone.
His greatest treasure was his family and his Scottie dog, Lucy.
Harry and his sister, Carole, had a very close and special relationship and we all love her so much. He was always interested in his nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews, and looked forward to spending time with them. He had a great relationship with his sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, especially Joe Chism.
Harry is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; his daughter, Janna Cescaline (Ron Cescaline); his son, Christopher Stevenson (Natalie Stevenson); his grandchildren, Julie Weston (Devin Weston), Jeff Watson, Isak Stevenson and Austin Stevenson; and his great-grandchild, Camden Weston. He is also survived by his sister, Carol DeSantis of Michigan, and a brother, Bill Stevenson of New Castle.
Harry was preceded in death by his parents, Margaret and William Stevenson; his beloved aunt, Thora Williams; and his sisters, Ilona Holtzapple and Sally Anderson.
You can visit the funeral home's website at www.advantagefunerals.com for his webpage.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 21, 2019, at St. Jude Catholic Church. A vigil will be held at 7 p.m.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 22, 2019, at the church.
A graveside service will be held from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 24, 2019, at St Joseph Cemetery, 27th and Main in Hays, Kansas.
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Published on June 13, 2019
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Marvin L Coburn Sr
Jul 01, 2019
Our prayers and sincere condolences to Harry's family and friends. And 1st Corinthians chapter 15 verse 26 Paul tells us and The Last Enemy, death, is to be brought to nothing. Through Jesus Christ Our resurrected King.
Meredith Burr, Ypsilanti, Mi
Jun 18, 2019
And he will raise you up on eagles wings, Bear you on the breath of dawn, Make you to shine like the sun, And hold you in the palm of his hand. Rest in peace in you life eternal Dear Harry.