Obituary Record

William Allen Steavenson
Died on 8/29/1996
Buried in Allen (Pioneer Memorial) Cemetery

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Services were Tues., Sept. 3 at the Fremont Alliance Church in Fremont for William A. Steavenson, 65 who died of cancer Aug. 29, 1996 at his Fontanelle home. Rev. Phil Ronzheimer officiated. Burial was in the Allen Pioneer Cemetery near Fort Calhoun.

William A. Steavenson was born July 22, 1931 in Fremont to William A. and Leah Niebaum Steavenson. He grew up in Fontanelle and was a graduate of Fremont High School. He also attended the Omaha Art Institute.

He served in the U. S. Army with the Corps of Engineers during the Korean Conflict. After his discharge, he attended the School of Landscape Architecture at Kansas State University.

He worked at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, where he designed an old-fashioned rose garden. He also worked in Omaha at the Leo A. Daley Co.

He married Billie Fleeker Sept. 29, 1963 in Manhattan, Kan. In 1974, they moved to Fontanelle, where Steavenson owned and managed the Oak Point Farm. On the farm he produced buffalo grass sod and tested sod varieties for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

He was a well-known Nebraska artist. Some of his works are located in Fremont, Sioux City, Iowa and in Spain. Some were also shown for several years at Omaha’s Old Market.

He organized and headed the Nebraska Sod Producers. He was a former president for the Washington County Farm Bureau.

He is survived by his wife, Billie; sons, Karl of Ann Arbor, Mich.; and William III of Fontanelle; a daughter, Laurel Steavenson of Fontanelle; a sister, Eleanor (Mrs. Ray) Harmon of Fontanelle and three grandchildren, William A. Steavenson IV, Ben Steavenson and Laura Steavenson.

Memorials are suggested to the Fremont Area Medical Center Hospice program.

Ludvigsen Mortuary in Fremont was in charge of arrangements.