Walter W. Stevens, 70, a retired instructor in the training department of the Home Beneficial Life Insurance Co. who was active in civic and service organizations in Arlington, died of cancer Sept. 23 at Arlington Hospital.

Mr. Stevens worked for Home Beneficial Life from 1940 until his retirement in 1970. Earlier, he worked for the Washington National Insurance Co.

He was born in Oldhams, Va., and had lived in Arlington since 1948. He served as an election official in Arlington and was a member of the advisory board of the First Commercial Bank there. He was an officer and board member of the Northern Virginia Visiting Nurses Association.

He was a member of the Arlington Baptist Church and the Glebe Masonic Lodge No. 181, a past patron of the Grace D. Perlee Chapter No. 120 of the Order of the Eastern Star and a charter member and past president of the Arlington Sunrise Lions Club.

Mr. Stevens served in the Navy in World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Frances S., of Arlington, whom he married in 1935; two sons, W. Franklin and Russell E., both of Brunswick, Ga.; two brothers, the Rev. Len F., of Oldhams, Va., and Dr. George A., of College Park; a sister, Ethel S. Cooksey of Oldhams, and three grandchildren.