Steven Lester Schneekloth, 67, Luverne, died Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, at his home.
A memorial service was Friday, Sept. 25, at the Christian Reformed Church in Luverne.
Steven Schneekloth was born May 13, 1948, to Lester and Norma (Kemerling) Schneekloth in Luverne. He was baptized at St. John Lutheran Church on June 6, 1948, and was later confirmed there. He grew up on the family farm northwest of Luverne and attended Luverne Public Schools, graduating from Luverne High School in 1966. After high school, he worked for Juhl Farms. He reaffirmed his faith at the Christian Reformed Church.
On June 19, 1970, he married Marian Van Santen at the Christian Reformed Church. Shortly after the couple moved to a family farm of their own. In 1984 Steve left farming and moved the family to town. He worked for S&R Supply in Rock Rapids, Iowa, Country Kitchen in Luverne and HiFat Specialties of Jasper. In 1997 Agri-Energy built the ethanol plant in Luverne and Steve became the maintenance manager. He also worked part time for Sears, Papik Motors and PAT’s pilot car and escort service. Steve retired in December 2010 due to health concerns. In 2011 he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma and recently with amyloidosis.
Steve was a member of the Christian Reformed Church in Luverne. Some of his hobbies included woodworking, making beanbag boards, fishing, gardening, baking and photography. Steve often videotaped wrestling and skating events and was an avid fan of the boys’ matches as well as the Blue Mound Figure Skating Club.
Steve is survived by his wife, Marian Schneekloth, Luverne; six children, Cory Schneekloth, Luverne, Brian (Sheryl) Schneekloth, Little Rock, Iowa, Wes (Crystal) Schneekloth, Omaha, Nebraska, Perry (KaraJo) Schneekloth, Brandon, South Dakota, Nicole Schneekloth, St. Louis Park, and Gretchen Schneekloth (fiancé Christopher Luze), Luverne; 11 grandchildren, Cassie, Zac, Jordan, Brooklyn, Riley, Wil, Charley, Blake, Grace, Emma and Olivia; his mother, Norma Schneekloth, Luverne; seven siblings, Deanna (Jeff) Jensen, Odessa, Howard (Cindy) Schneekloth, Watertown, South Dakota, Gloria (Ron) Evans, Pipestone, Tom (Donna) Schneekloth, Sauk Rapids, Paula Petersen-Giles (Dan Giles), Marshall, Terry (Denise) Schneekloth, Marshall, and Randy (Susan) Schneekloth, Luverne; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Lester Schneekloth; and a brother, John Schneekloth.
Memorials may be directed to Cancer Research at Avera-McKennan or donor’s choice.
Arrangements were by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.