Steven LeRoy Ayers spent most of his life doing what he loved to do best…farm. He started with his peddle tractor and was still farming on the last day of his life. His life came to an end in the early morning hours of June 5, 2020 at the St. Vincent Hospital in Billings. Some of his family was by his side near the end.
Steve was born in Miles City on May 29, 1952 to Bernard Ayers and Mildred (Wheeler) Ayers. After his birth, he soon went back to his home in Mildred with his parents and he joined his two sisters. He had two sister, Elaine and Susan and two brothers, Jeff and Doug. Steve started his education in Mildred. He did four years in Terry and then graduated from the 8th grade in Miles City. His high school years began at Mount Ellis Academy near Bozeman. He spent a year in Denver, Colorado at a SDA Academy where his sister taught. Steve started his farming career in Mildred working for Dick Kranzler as a farm hand when he was still in grade school. The Kranzler family was very special to him and continued to be throughout his life.
Steve also enjoyed working for his uncle Newman on his ranch outside Mildred. He worked along side his cousin Courtney. They developed a special bound and were more like brothers than cousins. This bound continued throughout his lifetime. He was very close to Courtney and his family. Steven took some time out from farming to give some service to his country. He joined the Army on November 29, 1972 and was discharged on November 14, 1974. Most of his time as Fort Hood, Texas. He spent most of the rest of his life working for farmers. The last were a few years for Gus Glasscock and then several years for Wayne and Mark Helland at Angela. He was very fond of Wayne and enjoyed working there very much. The Helland family was very kind to him.
He enjoyed traveling and made lots of trips to various places. He made several trips to Colorado the last few years to see his mother who was in a rest home there.
Steven is survived by his sisters, Elaine (Ron) Cloninger and Susan (Howard) Kohn; his brothers, Jeff and Doug; his special nieces and nephews; his special cousin/brother Courtney Ayers plus many other cousins all over the country. Steven was preceded in death by his grandparents, Alvie and Bertha Wheeler and Frank and Edna Ayers, his father Bernard Ayers, his mother Mildred (Wheeler) Ayers and several aunts and uncles.
Steve’s family would like to thank Mark Helland, the ambulance crew and the nurses and doctors at Holy Rosary and St. Vincent Hospital for the kind care they gave Steve as he came to the end of his life here on Earth.
A graveside service will be held on Friday, June 19, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at the Custer County Cemetery in Miles City. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.