Gary E. Steffen of Owatonna died October 12, 2019 at Foxdale Colony Court Senior Living in Waseca, MN. Funeral service is set for Friday, October 18, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Owatonna. Friends may greet Gary’s family on Thursday, October 17, 2019 from 5 – 7 pm at the Brick – Meger Funeral Home (1603 –Austin Road Owatonna) and one hour prior to the funeral service on Friday at the church.
Gary was born September 21, 1935 in Owatonna, the son of Walter and Vivian (Jensen) Steffen. Gary grew up on a family farm in Moland in rural Steele County. He attended country school in district 49 and later went to Medford High School and was a member of the graduating class of 1952. Gary was united in marriage to Leona Skalicky on June 27, 1955 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Owatonna, MN. Leona preceded Gary in death in 1992. Gary worked for Jostens in Owatonna, Princeton, IL, Denton, TX and Omaha, NE. He moved back to Owatonna in 1975 and started S&S Harvesting along with his father Walter and continued to farm until his retirement.
Throughout his life Gary enjoyed fishing, hunting, waterskiing, and snowmobiling. Dancing at the Monterey, Jewett’s Point and other dance halls, parties in the old days of Jostens and family gatherings were Gary’s fondest memories. He was a member of the Eagles, V.F.W. and American Legion in the past, as well as a former member of Moland Lutheran Church where he served as a board member. He was a current member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.
Gary is survived by his brother Dan (Nancy) Steffen of Nashwauk, MN, sister Shari (John) Arndt of Owatonna; two nephews Dagan (Dawn) Steffen of Medford and Dallas (RaeAnn ) Steffen, a niece Dawn (Barry) Church all of Jordan, MN and special friend, Terry Colton, of Owatonna. Gary is preceded in death by his wife and parents.
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