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Stephen R. “Steve” Watkins, 62, Quenemo, Kan., passed away Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, at his home.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at Dengel & Son Mortuary. Friends may pay their respects to Mr. Watkins after 1 p.m. Sunday to the service hour at the mortuary, where family will meet with friends from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Interment is planned for Oak Hill Cemetery, Quenemo.

Steve was born Thursday, March 29, 1951, in Neodesha, Kan., the son of Melvin and Leona (North) Watkins.

Steve was a longtime Ottawa, Kan., resident, also residing in Florida, Michigan and Quenemo.

On April 29, 1970, Steve was united in marriage with Judy Brown. They later divorced. On Feb. 11, 1976, Steve was united in marriage with Katherine Doty. They later divorced. In 1991 Steve met Linda Ryther in Fredonia, Kan.; they have spent the last 22 years together.

Survivors include his companion, Linda of their home; three sons, Steven Doty and wife Christy, Ottawa, Robert Watkins and wife Melissa, Fennville, Mich., and Danny Watkins and wife Catrina, Smithville, Mo.; two daughters, Lisa Wells, Fennville, Mich., and Beverly O’Neil and husband Patrick, Ottawa; stepson, Rodney Ryther, Yates Center, Kan.; two step-daughters, Krystal Bogle, Bartlett, Kan., and Debbie Hart, Jay, Okla.; 19 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; five step-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; two brothers, Melvin Watkins, Winfield, Ala., and Raymond Watkins, Ottawa; two sisters, Reba Aquino and husband Tom, Princeton, and Sue Willingham, Quenemo.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and four brothers, Carl, Floyd, Perry and Clifford Watkins.

Steve was a jack of all trades; he bought, repaired, sold and bartered various items. He worked for the City of Ottawa in the road department during the 1980s. He also worked as a mechanic and in different orchards harvesting produce.

He attended the Community Revival Center Church.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Steve Watkins Memorial Fund in care of Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory St., Ottawa KS 66067.

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