Richard A. "Dick" Steffen, age 64, of Hartington, Nebraska died on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at Monarch Hospice Center in Lincoln, NE after a battle with cancer.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington with the Rev. Jeffery Loseke officiating. Burial will be at St. Michael's Cemetery in Hartington. Visitation will be on Friday, at 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 Hartington, NE.
Pallbearers will be Roger Koch, Carly Christensen, Rob Miller, Dan Kathol, Don Noecker, Matt Weinandt, Don Hoesing, and Ed Lammers.
Richard Andrew Steffen was born on January 7, 1950 in Yankton, SD to Andrew and Rita Marie (Wortmann) Steffen. He grew up in the Constance, NE area and attended grade school there. He graduated from Cedar Catholic High School in Hartington in 1968. Dick then graduated from UNL with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. He married Joan G. Kathol on September 30, 1972 in Hartington. He and Joan moved to Quincy, Illinois where he worked as a credit manager. They moved to Lincoln where he worked in insurance sales for Fidelity Union Life for a short time. Dick then started a new position with the Burroughs Corporation as a programmer and software salesman in Kearney, NE. A job at GEM Enterprises with Ritch Miller brought Dick and Joan back to Hartington in 1976. In 1980, Dick began SpecSoft Inc., a custom software company providing business support systems. Two of his sons, Christopher and Kyle joined the firm and continue to operate the business.
Dick was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church where he participated in Perpetual Adoration, the choir and the Knights of Columbus. Through the years, he was also very active with Cedar Catholic High School as a member and officer of the Blue Ribbon Committee, the Alumni Association, CCHS Booster Club, the Cedar Development office, and emcee for many galas. He participated with the planning and fundraising committee to build the Monsignor Werner Activity Center. Dick was also fondly known as "the bleacher statistician".
Dick is survived by his wife Joan of Hartington; five children and their families, Christopher and Julie Steffen of Lincoln (Gabe, Rylie, Neko), Kyle and Jen Steffen of Lincoln (Xanthe, Jude, Oliver), Brooke and Clay Kleinschmit of Hartington, Aubrey and Joel Sookram of Omaha (Aidia, Leela, Ivan), Broderick "Brody" Steffen of Lincoln; mother Rita Steffen of Hartington; 8 brothers & sisters and spouses, Diane and Ron Hochstein of Bow Valley, Cynthia Steffen of Inver Grove Heights, MN, Sheila and Gary Eckmann of Lindy, Fred and Karen Steffen of Crofton, Ray and Elaine Steffen of Menominee, Cheryl and Mike Smyth of Crofton, Pam and Dan Berendsen of Crofton, Pat and Julie Steffen of Fordyce; many nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death was his father, Andrew and brother, Dan Steffen.
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Kyle Chris & Shane
I am so sorry to hear about your father. He was a good man. We here at
Keystone Arthur had the benefit of his knowledge that is now passed down to
you. You guys were very lucky to have a father like Dick.
Again so sorry.
One of the funniest... and most genuine guys I ever had the honor to know. Dick you will be missed! Joan and family... know we're praying for your strength.
I'm so sorry to hear about your dad... he was such a great person! My prayers are with you and your family in this time of sorrow. I remember everytime I spoke with him he always made me laugh and that's something I will always remember...Peace and God keep you....
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Dick was a great man, and he always had a quick smile to share with others. I enjoyed his sense of humor. May you know God's comfort during this time of sadness.
Joan, Chris and Kyle:
I am very sorry to hear about Dick. He was an exceptionally talented man and even better person. He will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers with you.
Praying that you would feel God's comfort and peace during this time of loss.
Angie (Hoesing) Green
We are so sorry fir your lose. Dick had such a great sense of humor. Our prayers are with you and the entire family.
Joe and Karen Boehmer
Dick had an incredible sense of humor. We had many political
discussions over the years. He was a great father and husband and he and
Joan raised five incredible kids. There will never be another like him and I
will miss him. A very good and honest man.
we are so sorry for your loss. We always enjoyed seeing and visiting with Dick when we came to Hartington for games. Pray God will surround you with his love and comfort you at this difficult time. We are Mike Johnson's parents and sister.
Lloyd, Bonnie and Shannon Johnson
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My God grant you peace and warm, wonderful memories until you meet again.
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