George E. Stevens


George Edward Stevens, 82, of Traverse City, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 at Munson Hospice House while surrounded by his family. George was born on May 13, 1936 to the late Ed and Eva (Winters) Stevens in Kane, Illinois.
He graduated from Jacksonville (Illinois) High School and attended Western Illinois College. Later he would earn his associate degree from Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City.
A sales associate for the Burroughs Corporation for many years, he later worked as an equity and timing investment broker, serving a number of clients over the years.
George was an avid golfer, having made three holes in one over the years and, along with his wife, Ann, were members of the Traverse City Golf and Country Club. He also loved boating and fishing. George and Ann enjoyed these activities together and spent their winters at The Villages in Florida.
George is survived by his wife, the former Ann E. Orebaugh, whom he married on July 1, 1978 at a ceremony officiated by the Rev. Dr. Howard Towne at First Congregational Church in Traverse City. Also surviving are his children, Todd (Marie) Stevens, of Bessemer City, North Carolina, and Kelli (Mike) Poortenga, of Colon; Ann's children, Bob (Sandy) Gleason, of Texas, and Shelley (William) Krieg, of Franklin; his grandchildren, Brandon Poortenga, of Rockford, Kyle Poortenga, of Colon, Lauren (Jacob) Gleason, of Mansfield, Ohio, Alexander (Hanna) Krieg, of Yokohama, Japan, Katrina (Jevrem) Cadenovic, of Royal Oak, Christopher Krieg, of Yokohama, Japan, and William Krieg, of Franklin; along with his great-grandchildren, Aiden and Anastasija Grace. George is also survived by his sisters, Barbara Gonzales and Keota Shouse, both of Jacksonville, Illinois.
George was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Christina Smith and Russell Stevens.
The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2, 2019 in the Towne Chapel of First Congregational Church, with the Rev. Dr. Gary Hogue officiating. There will be a viewing prior to the service at 10 a.m., also at the church. Burial will take place at Oakwood Cemetery in the spring.
For those who may wish to remember George through a monetary contribution, the family would suggest The Salvation Army, PO Box 5228, Traverse City, MI 49686.
Please share your memories and stories of George with his family by visiting his online tribute page at
The family is being cared for by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on March 1, 2019
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3 posts

Jim Symons, Boulder, CO
May 14, 2019
George and I were good friends during our high school days in Jacksonville, IL. We played football for JHS and became good "bench buddies". We were about the same size and larger than most of the other guys, so we eventually played on the varsity. But many of my fondest memories of high school were sharing the bench and laughs with my buddy, George -- a warm, lovable guy and true friend.
Nancy Mackintosh
Mar 10, 2019
Annie, Please let me know how to get in touch with you. I don't have your new address or a recent phone number God bless and love, Nancy
Mike Smith
Mar 03, 2019
You were the best Uncle ever! We all will miss you!