Paul Kenneth Steveson

Paul Kenneth Steveson

Paul Kenneth Steveson, 93, of Anna, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023, at Camelot Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation in Farmington, Mo.

He was born on Jan. 26, 1930, in St. David, Ill., the son of  Paul Harold and Erma Faye McCoy Steveson.

He was a middle school educator in various Illinois school systems. He spent most of his career teaching math in the Giant City School system. 

Mr. Steveson was a basketball coach and was involved in many other school and community related organizations.

He had a delightful sense of humor and became an easy favorite of the people he met. He loved to play cards (bridge, especially) and outdoor games of all kinds. 

He loved his family, his friends and he touched the lives of most everyone he met.  

He served for four years in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Alaska during the Korean War.

He married Dr. Lynn Rae Fenske on Nov. 22, 1980. She preceded him in death on April 4, 2023.

He is survived by six children, Lester (Janet) Steveson of Fort Myers, Fla., Barbara (the late Gary) Steege of Burns, Wyo., Vicki (Robin) Shawgo of Lehigh Acres, Fla., Rose (Charles) Hayden of Farmington, Mo., David (Shannon) Steveson of Breeding, Ky., and Mary (Eddie) Mixen of Jonesboro; a son-in-law, Gail Salmon of Cheyenne, Wyo.; nine grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Hazel Viola Steveson; his second wife, Lynn Rae Steveson; a daughter, Sherry Salmon; six siblings, Vernon, Glen, Wayne, Leo and Jim Steveson and Glenna Sanders; and a grandson, Travis Stecks.

A private inurnment will take place at a later date at Mason City Cemetery in Mason City, Ill.

Memorials can  be made directly to either the Parkinson’s Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, N.Y. 10018 or online at; or to the Mt. Moriah Lutheran Church youth scholarship fund, 104 W. Jefferson St., Anna, Ill. 62906.

To view the obituary or to leave an online condolence for the family, visit

Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements.

The Gazette-Democrat

112 Lafayette St.
Anna, Illinois 62906
Office Number: (618) 833-2158

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