Loren James "Lornie" Steffen age 74 of Crofton, Nebraska died on Wednesday July 2, 2014 at the Golden Living Center in Hartington.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Crofton with the Rev. Michael Schmitz officiating. Burial will be at the St. Rose Cemetery in Crofton. Visitation will be on Friday July 4th at the church from 4-8:00 p.m. with a Vigil service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Saturday at church one hour prior to services. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Crofton.
Pallbearers will be Landon Steffen, Lukas Steffen, Brady Steffen, Ben Steffen, Andy Meyer, Doug Kollars, Brian Steffen, and Dean Wortmann. Honorary pallbearers will be Loren's grandchildren.
Loren was born on September 7, 1939, to Lawrence and Frances (Beeson) Steffen in Crofton. Loren grew up on a farm near Crofton, Nebraska. He married Maxine (Kollars) Steffen on August 2, 1961 in Crofton. Loren and Maxine raised six children, Jeffery, Amy, Carri, Steve, Curt, and Alicia.
Loren was a life-long member of the St. Rose Catholic Church, attended St. Rose Elementary School, Graduated from Crofton High School in 1957 then attended Norfolk Jr College. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Order of Foresters. He was the mayor of Crofton for eight years and was a member of Crofton's school board for many years. Loren owned and operated Steffen Service station and tank wagon delivery for 43 years.
He enjoyed anything sports related, golfing, bowling and watching the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Crofton Warriors. He liked gardening and in his later years he enjoyed the company of his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Maxine of Crofton; six children and their spouses, Jeffery (Amy) Steffen of Norfolk, NE, Amy (Clay) Meyer of Sioux Falls, SD, Carri (Mike) Bornitz of Sioux Falls, SD, Steve (Jayne) Steffen of Hartington, NE, Curt (Kristi) Steffen of Crofton, NE, and Alicia (Jason) List of Yankton, SD; 22 grandchildren; one sister Marvalee Richardson; five brothers Roger Steffen, Keith Steffen, David Steffen, Dennis Steffen, and Paul Steffen.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his grandson, Samuel Micah Steffen.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to be made to St. Rose School.
Messages will be reviewed and posted within 1 business day.
OUR HEARTFELT PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS ARE WTH YOU AT THIS TIME OF YOUR LOSS.
I ALWAYS LIKED VISITING WITH LOREN WHETHER IT BE ABOUT WHAT WAS HAPPENING IN CROFTON OR THE FAMILY OR THE GOOD OLD DAYS WHEN WE PLAYED ON THE UNDEFEATED STRING OF FOOTBALL WE EXPERIENCED WHILE PLAYING TOGETHER AT CHS.
HE WILL ME MISSED BY MANY BESIDES HIS FAMILY
MARCIA & BOB RISSLER
Dear Maxine and Family,
we are keeping each of you in our thoughts and prayers. One does not often get to experience such exceptional character and humor as that exhibited by Loren. We have so many fond memories of Loren when he was associated with the school as a board member, and as one of the most devoted fans we have ever had the experience to appreciate. Loren will be so deeply missed by all of us that grew to love him. May he always be in God's hands.
Randy and Peggy Anderson
Dear Jeff & Amy, Kurt & Krisit &Family,
We are keeping you all in our prayers and thoughts. I remember your dad coming to our Knights Campout Church service and always waiting to be with his family for the Mass, especially the grandkids. I remember Audrey trying to wheel his chair and he had a grin on his face of mischief! I wish that I could be their in person to give you hugs but I am not ready yet to venture with my new knee that far! Know I will be with you in the spirit of God. Your dad will be deeply missed but he has a grandson to go hold. Love, Beth & Leon Gentrup
Leon & Beth Gentrup
Maxine and family; So sorry to hear of Loren's passing. He was such a nice man. You and he will be in my prayers.
Linda (Rupiper) Coe
TO ALL OF LORNIE'S FAMILY AND FRIENDS, MAY THE PEACE OF GOD COMFORT YOU ALL AT THIS TIME. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU.
My deepest sympathy to Maxine and family. So sorry to hear of Lornie's passing. May your faith comfort you in your time of sorrow. I remember when I taught at St. Rose (I taught Steve and Curt) Lornie would come and clear the driveway of our house when it would snow so we could get out. When I would thank him he would chuckle and say "just making sure you can get to school." My prayers are with you.
Celia Lukens Freier
Dear Maxine & Family,
You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Lornie is without a doubt one of the finest people that I have ever met. He was always supportive when I was at Crofton Schools. His great love of his church, family, and community made him a man to admire and look up to. I know I looked up to Lornie. In the days and weeks ahead know that people like me will be praying for you and Loren. May God bless you all.
My deepest sympathy to Maxine and family. Lornie was a great guy with a great sense of humor. I especially remember him running the "downs " marker at the Crofton football games and the station. May God grant you peace.
Send your Sympathy Message