Kelly Ryan Stevenson, 20, of New Town, died Sunday, July 28, 2013, at Trinity Medical Center in Minot. Friends may sign the online register and give their condolences at (www.fulkersons.com).
A service for family and friends will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, at the Fulkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Watford City. Wake services will start at the family's home (2690 90th Ave NW, rural New Town) at 5 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 1. His funeral service will also be held at the family home on Friday, Aug. 2, at 11 a.m. Burial will be in the Fox Family Cemetery, rural Mandaree.
Kelly was born Sept. 28, 1992, in Watford City, to Debra Fox and Kenny Stevenson. He was a member of the Awaxia (Dripping Dirt Clan). He was raised in the New Town and Shell Creek area. He attended the New Town Public School and received his GED in 2010.
Kelly was very active in sports, participating in football, baseball and basketball. He was a member of the 2008 American Legion Post 230 State Baseball team from Makoti. Kelly was very proud of his native heritage, participating in powwows as a fancy dancer and was a member of the Eagle Feather Dance Club.
Kelly was a member of the North Dakota National Guard and a veteran of the Global War on Terrorism. Kelly joined the North Dakota Army National Guard, April 7, 2010. He was assigned to the 818th Engineer Company (Sapper) located in Williston.
During his time with the 818th Eng. Co., Kelly became proficient in his assigned job as a combat engineer (12B). On April, 16, 2012, Kelly deployed to Afghanistan as a member of the 818th Eng. Co. While deployed he served as a member of a route clearance team, whose primary responsibility was to ensure that all supply routes were safe for travel by all U.S. and Coalition forces.
As a member of the North Dakota National Guard, Kelly earned the rank of SPC. He was also decorated with many medals and ribbons to include the Army Achievement Medal with two Devices, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Medal, NATO Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Devices, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, North Dakota Emergency Service Ribbon, and North Dakota Basic Training Ribbon.
Kelly was preceded in death by: his paternal grandparents, Hugh and Betty Stevenson; uncle, Jerry Stevenson; his maternal grandparents, Gloria Fox, and Micky Packineau.
He is survived by: His father, Kenny Stevenson; mother, Debra Fox; sister, Gloria Stevenson, New Town; brothers, Chuck, New Town, and Garry, Beaumont, Texas; and his aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and family friends.
Kelly's adopted mother is Rachel Wilkerson.