Charles Howard Stevens (Howard), July 1932 to December 2011 of Minden, Nevada. After a multi-year battle with cancer, Howard, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at the Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center. Howard was born in New Britain, Connecticut to Charles Walter Stevens and Mildred Howard Stevens and was an only child.
Howard was trained as a draftsman, then as a designer and engineer. Along the way, his designs earned him 10 patents and he started more than one of his own companies. He worked his way into manufacturing management, heading a large division at ITT Cannon Electric, Santa Ana, CA. His jobs took him from Connecticut to Ohio, New Jersey, California, Indiana, North Carolina, and Nevada.
Married over 60 years to Joyce Moore Stevens, he was active in sail boat racing and cruising, earning many trophies in local and international competitions. For eight years, they lived on their sailboat and cruised from California south through Mexico, the Panama Canal, Columbia, the Caribbean, the Bahamas, all the way up to Maine stopping in many places in between.
A true Renaissance man, Howard became involved in barbershop chorus singing in Indiana and has sung with barbershop choruses from coastal North Carolina to Central California. He sang in the Summit City Chorus, the Southern Gentlemen, Chorus, Reno Silver Dollar Chorus, the Chorus of the Comstock, and the Gold City Chorus. He attended Director's College and directed the Vogue Sound Chorus in Beaufort, NC. As a singer, he was so proud of all of his musical grandchildren, one of whom is a member of the Harborlites Sweet Headlines Chorus and another actively involved in music ministry.
In addition to holding patents, Howard was a true craftsman in wood and other mediums, as well as an avid golfer. He was an Eagle Scout, a Boy Scout leader, a Commodore of two Yacht Clubs, and a beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was also a life-time member of the Claremont, California, Masonic Lodge.
Howard is survived by his wife, Joyce of Minden, NV, two married sons, Russell Stevens of Salisbury, NC, and Roger Stevens of Reno, NV, their wives, Katherine and Robyn, 5 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren.
A memorial service is scheduled for 1:30 pm on December 10, 2011 at Walton's Funeral Home, 1281 North Roop Street, Carson City, NV. For more information, call the funeral home at (775) 882-4965.
Memorial donations can be made in Howard's honor to the competition assistance fund for the Harborlites Sweet Adelines Chorus, c/o Carol Colgrove, 2916 East Broncos Drive, Ontario, CA 91761.