Donald “Coach” Stevens

Donald “Coach” L. Stevens, 70, of Kansas City, Kansas passed away February 25, 2009 in the home surrounded by his loved ones. 


Don was born August 12, 1938 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma to Robert E. and Lois I. Stevens. He was a plumber by trade and owned a home-based business, Special T. Company, for 27 years.  His passion was the sport of skeet shooting. He began shooting in the 1960’s and taught the sport for 30 years. He was inducted into the National Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame on October 6, 2008. Don was the recipient of the Ray Boller Award for outstanding contribution to the sport of skeet.


Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Stevens, his sister Beverly Stevens, his grandson Kyle Stevens, and his great-granddaughter Mikayla Langford. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Vickie Stevens of Kansas City, Kansas; his daughters, Stephanie Stevens of Stover, Missouri and Linda Walters and husband John of Columbus, Indiana;  his sons Randy Stevens and wife Pam of Overland Park, Kansas, Russell Stevens of Rushville, Missouri and Don Stevens and his wife Rhonda of LaCygne, Kansas; eight grandchildren, Meagan Walters of Columbus, Indiana, Amanda Langford and husband Troy of Prairie Village, Kansas, Jennifer Prodoehl and husband Allen of Imperial, Nebraska, Dawn Stevens of Rushville, Kansas, Bradley Stevens of Rushville, Kansas, Bobbie Jo Stevens of Jacksonville, North Carolina, Kevin Stevens of LaCygne, Kansas, and Chancellor Stevens of LaCygne, Kansas; one great-grandchild Brycen Stevens of Jacksonville, North Carolina; two nieces, Tammie Cook and husband Jerry of Overland Park, Kansas, and Angela Penninger and husband Charlie of DeSoto, Kansas.  


He will be deeply missed by his family and by all who knew and loved him.


Donations in lieu of flowers should be remitted to the funeral home and will be used to establish a memorial fund in honor of “Coach” and his lifelong pursuit of helping others.


Visitation and Memorial Services


Memorial services will be held Sunday, March 1, 2009 at Amos Family Chapel of Shawnee. Visitation is from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a service from 8:00 to 8:30 p.m.

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28 Comments on “Donald “Coach” Stevens”

  1. Skeet & Jill Hier Says:

    Vic and Family,

    We offer our deepest simpathy. We have truely lost a great friend and companion. He will be missed greatly.

  2. John Mannen Says:

    Vickie & Russ

    I am very sorry for your loss. The game of skeet has lost a good friend.


  3. Richard & Glenda Burkhart Says:


    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Don was a wonderful person and will be missed. A fond membery will be of Don sitting on the edge of the skeet field watching you (and others) shoot. He always had a kind word and a smile for everyone. God Bless.

  4. Louise K. Terry Says:

    Vickie, I was so sad when I heard about Don’s death but am so grateful that we at NSSA were able to induct Don into the NSSA Hall Of Fame last October when he could be there to give his own acceptance speech and to fully enjoy “his” special evening with you and your family. He was a very special guy who touched the lives of so many and I know you two had many wonderful years together.
    God has blessed you and will continue to do so in the future.
    Love, Weezie

    Louise K. Terry

  5. Bill Harder Says:

    Don was a true gentleman of the sport and a good friend to all.
    His contributions to the sport will long endear him to the many lives he touched.

  6. Tim Bruggeman Says:

    Vickie & Russ,

    I was deeply saddened to hear about Coach passing this week. I always enjoyed chatting with Coach at the club. He had a great sense of humor. He will be missed.

    I’m sorry I will miss the services on Sunday, due to a business trip.

    You are in my thoughts at this difficult time.


  7. Dave & Holly Meisinger Says:

    Miss Vic and family,

    Words can not express what a huge loss this is to our skeet community of family and friends. Don’s warm hug, words of encouragement and true love for the sport and everyone in it will never be forgotten. It’s a honor to have known him and called him our friend.

    Our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family during this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  8. Joe & Linda Pierce Says:

    Vic and Russ
    Don will truly be missed by many. His sense of humor and love of skeet made him welcome everywhere. Hold the good times close in your heart and he will always be nearby.

    Joe & Linda

  9. Larry and Sherri Garroutte Says:

    The world has lost a wonderful soul, but God has gained one. We will miss that awesome smile, those great bear hugs that when you got one made you feel loved, those “pep talks” that made you feel better once you got them and made you want to go out and try harder. Don had such a sweet spirit and caring heart that everyone around him could feel. The Lord blessed us by bringing Don into our lives and having him for a Friend. There are “no words” to describe the hurt or grief we all feel right now, C. M. Parkes says, “Grief is the price we pay for love.” The only people who escape grief are those who’ve never really loved. I know that when we look up in the heavens at the stars, there will be a new addition shining ever so bright.

    Vic, I pray God provides you comfort, we are here for you….I love you sis.

    Sherri (and Larry)

  10. Laura Wolf Says:

    Blessing on your family as you remember Mr. Stevens – your beloved husband, father, and grandfather.

  11. Pat, Nash & Sally Whitaker Says:

    Coach’s positive spin on our surroundings and all those with whom he came in contact is what we will remember and miss; the skeet world just dimmed a bit. Our thoughts and prayers are with Miss Vicki and Russ particularly, but target the whole Stephens family (we had no idea how large the clan).

  12. Martin A. Parrott (Shorty) Says:


    Please accept my sincere condolences on your loss. He was a friend, excellent skeet shooter, and always someone to look forward to seeing at a Shoot.


  13. Susan Voss Says:

    I’m very sorry to hear of your loss. I will always remember Don.

  14. Michael & Debra Moore Says:

    Vicki & Family;

    You and your family are in our prayers during your time of loss. Don will be missed as a friendly neighbor and person who was always very helpful. God bless you with his Strength and Peace.

    Michael & Debra Moore

  15. Ross & Dorothy Johnson Says:

    Vickie & Family,

    We were so very sorry to here of Don’s passing. May it give you comfort to know he will be missed by those who knew him. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Ross & Dorothy

  16. Duane Mesloh Says:

    I was sorry to read in the paper that Coach Stevens passed away. I always admired his shooting skills and he was a great coach. Don will be missed on the skeet range.

  17. Gordy Mc Kean Says:

    Ms Vickie and Family
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones at this time of loss. Don was one of a kind, and an asset to the world of skeet. I am proud to be able to say I knew him as a friend. .

  18. Mike & Rex Jones Says:

    Vickie & Russ,
    If there is such a thing as Skeet God’s in Heaven We know that Don will be the newest member and our scores will improve dramatically! While we all will miss him on earth it is conforting to know that Don ( Coach ) will be watching all of us from above. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family members.
    Mike & Rex Jones

  19. Debbie Ottinger Says:

    Dear Mr. Vic,

    I hope that the many fond memories of Coach sustain you now. Together you both have made such a difference to so many people. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  20. Frank DeMarco Says:

    Don will be missed by all. What a great person.

    Vic and Russ, I am so sorry,


  21. Harold and Martha Voss Says:

    I read Don’s Obituary in the paper. Please accept our sincere condolences.


  22. Harold and Martha Voss Says:

    We were sorry to read in the paper that Don passed away.
    Please accept our sincere condolences on your loss


    Harold and Martha Voss

  23. Tom & Amy Says:

    IWe met Don Stevens 10 years ago and our lives have never been so blessed to have known a great brother-in-law. Well it turns out he fell in love with us too…

    God blessed him and all who knew him

    Thank you Don Stevens for taking such good care of my sister, you will be missed deeply

    Tom Coker & Miss Amy

  24. Don and Linda Hansen Says:

    Dear Vickie and Family,

    May God be with you at at this trying time. We have all lost a true friend. I cherish the memories and all the good times we have shared over the years and hope your memories will continue to provide both comfort and peace.

  25. Morris & Gina Coker Says:

    Don was an amazing person in our lives and he will be greatly missed. God has gained a truly wonderful person to be a part of his army. We are blessed to have had Don as a part of our lives.
    We want to wish you and everyone our deepest sympathy.
    We love you!
    Morris, Gina, JC, Wesley, & Aaron

  26. Ken Marotti Says:

    Vic and Russ

    Tim McGraw once said ” You take a little of each person with you as you travel through life”. In Dons’ case I believe that he gave a little of himself to everyone that he touch throughout his journey through life and we all have been blessed by that. He will always be thought of as a person that always had time for you when you needed to talk about things.
    We have been truely blessed that we got the chance to be a part of his short time on this earth and for the people that never met him they have missed out on getting the chance to share him as we were the lucky ones. We must now carry on his mission and never forget his mission in life.

    You and Russ are in my thoughts and prayers.

    God Bless.


  27. Rick & Ruth Hoffman Says:

    Vickie and family,

    You are in our prayers at this time of loss. Don always had a good word for everyone.

    Ruth & Rick

  28. Kathie Krieger Says:

    Coach touched so many lives during his short time here on this small place we call Earth….I know that he is in Heaven looking down on us and I’m sure we’ll all hear him the next time we step up on a station and forget to keep our head down, eye on the target or some other foolish thing we all forget from time to time and we didn’t think anyone else noticed; but guess what, you couldn’t fool Coach, he saw everything!

    He gave so much of himself to everyone; self included. I will miss him and our talks. My deepest sympathies to all of his family and friends. We have lost a great man; but God has gained a mighty coach who will have that skeet team in Heaven all shooting perfect scores!!

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