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Walter Ross (Crane Bear) Stevens
March 5, 1949 ~ February 22, 2023 (age 73) 73 Years Old
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It’s with Great Sadness we announce the passing of Walter Ross Stevens, of the Siksika First Nation and beloved husband of Melinda Stevens as well as his 3 Precious Sons. Walter passed away at his residence surrounded by his loved ones on Sunday, February 19th, 2023, at 73. Mr. Walter Stevens was born to the late Charlie and Ruth Stevens on March 5th, 1949, at the Blackfoot hospital. He was 17 when he met the love of his life, Melinda Stevens; they have been married for 55 wonderful and fulfilling years. Together they had three handsome sons Dion Stevens, Kevin Stevens, and Shawn (Jennie) Stevens. In 1996 they welcomed their fourth son, Tyson Crow Eagle, into the family. Dad was a hard worker and took pride in everything he did. His first jobs were at PFRA, Carsland Alberta Cannel, and Alberta Environment. They then worked at Siksika Housing for 35 years until he retired. He then worked as a Bus Driver and medical driver for Siksika Medical Transportation. In his past time, he loved playing hand games. His favorite places to play hand games were in Northern Alberta and the Scarce Reservation. Dad was a hand game champion a few times, but the most recent win was in Kehewin, Alberta. He also was a humble man, which showed through his belief in what made a rich man, not material riches such as money, but that family and love created a rich man. All the love he gained and gave throughout his life shows this.
Dad is Survived by his wife and sons and his Grandchildren – Kiesha, Regan, Lydell, Kaylem, Ralna, James, Johanna, Dailyn, Gabriel, Johnathan, and Jay-Jay, Beth, Brayden, Blain, Brock. Great grandchildren: Wylie and Zyes. His Adopted Mother, Connie Rabbit Carrier, and Annie Crier. His Special Brother Fred (Pam) Rabbit Carrier, Keith Rabbit Carrier, Elroy (Lenny) Rabbit Carrier, Jackie Stevens (Joyce Spring Cheif) Special sisters Jennifer (Alan) Medicine Traveler, Myrna (Gerald) Stevens, Bryan Stevens, Rhoda (Leonard) Black Horse, and Anna (Clement) Black Water.
Uncles Tom Crane Bear, Norman Running Rabbit
He is also survived by his adopted Kids - Adam and Carla Spotted Eagle, Keely (Leo) Pard, Myron McMaster, Terry Kennedy (Allan’s), Bert Vielle, Jean (Desmond) Panther Bone, Joan (John) Oka, Vivian (Richard) Sitting Eagle, Sandra (Radford) Sitting Eagle/Black Rider and Tracy Cutter (Tara Many Guns). Dad was so special to all his children. His heart was so big that he welcomed all his adopted children into his home and family.
We all knew we always had a home and never had to ask because a room always awaited us. For the boys, he was their mentor, protector, and supporter. Although dad was a traditional man who never spoke directly to us girls, we always knew he was our silent supporter and bodyguard. Dad was also survived by his special nieces & Nephews Jim Stevens, Jason Stevens, Tammy Mc Master, Lindsey (Jason Gagnon) Backfat, Roberta (Sam) Jerry, Cynthia (Randell) Poucett, Leslie Running Rabbit, Marsha (Les) Vielle, His in-laws Karen Brave Rock, Myron (Annette) Crow Eagle, Betty Black Forehead.
His Brothers Michal Stevens, Robert (Judy) Running Rabbit, Dunkin Winnipeg, and Alan Stevens. His Very Special Auntie - Eve Yellow old woman. As well as his Close relatives Jeanie YOW, Floria YOW,, Herman YOW, Robert Delaney, Brooks (Francine)BF And his Extended family, Yellow Old Women, Big Snakes, Simpsons, Mc. Masters, Red Crows (Kainai), Crain Bears. He is Predeceased by his parents and siblings Florence Backfat, Patsy Stevens, Wally Stevens, Timmy Stevens, Blair Stevens, and Charlotte Stevens as well as his Long time friend/Family Ann Sharon Running Rabbit
Dad will Be loved forever and forever missed.
We The Family of Walter Stevens Apologize for Family Extended Family’s & Friends we may have forgot as the Family is so Big.