Edward John Steffan, Jr.
|Posted 2022-07-31 by mhenderson|
|Published by Today's News-Herald on July 31, 2022 -|
Lake Havasu City, Arizona
(personal article, page 5A)
>> Feb 9, 1933 - Jul 25, 2022 <<
Edward John Steffan, Jr was born on February 9, 1933 to Edward and Mary
Steffan in Seattle, Washington. He was the oldest of four children who
were born and raised in South Seattle. He was a Franklin High School
Alumnus and he served our country in the US Army during the Korean
Conflict at the Nuclear Installation in Hanford, Washington. After
finishing his military service, he was hired on at Sears- Roebuck. He
started out working on the Merchandise Floor at Sears' flagship store in
Seattle, and worked his way up to one of the Control Buyers for Catalog
He met his wife of 68 years, Audrey, while they both worked at Sears. Ed
and Audrey had two wonderful children, son, Mark and daughter, Barbara
who they lovingly raised in their South Seattle home until 1979. The
family then moved to Diamond Bar, California due to a consolidation
transfer with Sears and he retired after a lifelong 37-year career with
the Retail giant.
Ed and Audrey retired to Lake Havasu City in 1988 and built their
forever home on their aptly Northwest-named Boeing Bay lot. They enjoyed
traveling in their motorhome to spend summers in the Northwest with
their children, grandchildren and extended family. During their time at
home, they both became active American Legion members. Ed loved being a
part of the Post family - meeting and greeting new and returning
members, making and serving Tacos, serving on the E-Board in both the
Adjutant and Seargent-At-Arms Positions and being an integral part in
the growth and expansion of Post 81 as it is today.
Ed lived for his family and friends and was always there to offer
support, friendship, guidance and love. He loved "getting things
organized" and lending a hand with any project that came up, especially
those at his children's businesses -Cascade Container/WA and Scrapbooks
and More/AZ - which he was very proud to be a part of. As one family
member put it, he was an "amazing, fun-loving man" who was always up for
a party - or a beer (especially if that beer was from Mudshark) - and
would always welcome you into the fold with a great big hug. It is those
hugs that we will miss the most.
He is survived by wife, Audrey, Lake Havasu City, AZ; son, Mark Steffan
(Debra), Auburn, WA; daughter, Barbara Raines (Dale), Congress, AZ;
grandchildren Melissa DePuydt (Patrick), Santa Fe, NM, Alaina Cohan
(Colin), Seattle, WA; Derek Steffan, Auburn, WA; Mike Ronning, Victoria,
British Columbia; Eric Ronning (Lexi), Aldergrove, British Columbia,
Jenaya Moyen (Matt), Port Alberni, British Columbia and Tyrone Ronning,
Victoria, British Columbia and 2 Great-Grandsons.
Also survived by brother Howard, Marysville, WA; sister Marilyn
(Steffan) LeGrand, Seattle, WA and Robert Steffan (Karin), Kent, WA as
well as many nephews and nieces - and extended family - that he adored.
A remembrance book is online at bradburymemorialcenter.com. In lieu of
flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the American
Legion, Post 81 in Lake Havasu City, AZ in Ed's name.
If you knew Ed, you knew he never missed a chance for a get-together, so
the family members encourage you to sit, raise a glass of your favorite
beverage and make a toast...he will be right there along with you.
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