Robert W. Stevens was born on March 21, 1943 in Saginaw, Michigan. He graduated from Arthur Hill High School in Saginaw and began employment with the General Motors Corporation as a Journeyman Patternmaker. He retired in December 1994 after thirty-three years with the Corporation. At that time, he became the Assistant to the Secretary of the Scottish Rite Bodies in the Valley of Bay City, and on July 1, 1996 assumed the office of Executive Secretary. He married Trudy Korniski on September 28, 1963. They were blessed with a son and a daughter.
He became a member of George Washington Chapter, Order of DeMolay in 1958. He was honored in 1996 by the Order of DeMolay when he received the Legion of Honor and served as Secretary-Treasurer of Saginaw Valley Preceptory, which is sponsored by the Valley of Bay City.
He was raised as a Master Mason on September 24, 1964 in Salina Lodge No. 155, F. & A.M. of Saginaw. He served the Lodge as Worshipful Master in 1971 and later served as its Treasurer for several years. He also served the Grand Lodge as District Deputy Instructor for District 22A. He was appointed by Grand Master William Skrepnek as Worshipful Grand Marshal of the Grand Lodge in January of 1992. He has served faithfully through the line of the Grand Lodge until he was installed as Most Worshipful Grand Master on May 30, 1997. He has honorary memberships in Saginaw Lodge No. 77, Pioneer Lodge No. 79, Metamora-Hadley Lodge No. 210, Centre Lodge No. 273, Tawas Lodge No. 274, St. Charles Lodge No. 313, Lake City Lodge No. 408 and Merrill Lodge No. 411.
He is a member of Martha Washington Chapter No. 113, O.E.S.; Saginaw Valley Chapter No. 31, R.A.M.; George Hill Council No. 85, R. & S.M.; St. Bernard Commandery No. 16, K.T.; Northern Michigan York Rite College No. 16; Pythagoras Council No. 66, A.M.D.; Elf Khurafeh Shrine Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S.; Saginaw Court No. 74, R.O.J.; and St. Martin Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine.
He has been very active in the Scottish Rite since he received the degrees in the Valley of Bay City in February 1967. He served as Sovereign Prince of the Bay City Council of Princes of Jerusalem in 1994-96. For his many services to the Craft, he was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council on September 24, 1991 in Indianapolis, Indiana.