When he was a year old, his family moved to Minnesota. At Madelia High School, he was active in sports, playing quarterback in football and playing on the 1953 state tournament basketball team. He obtained his bachelor’s and doctorate degrees in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota in 1960. In December of 1962, Steve married Patricia Manahan in Madelia, where they settled to raise their family.Known around town as Doc, he practiced veterinary medicine primarily in a solo practice, treating large and small animals for 40 years.Steve loved and adored his 17 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and 13 nieces and nephews.A memorial service is scheduled for February 10 at am at the First Presbyterian Church of Madelia. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Steve’s life.
Please join the family at Tanners Brook Golf Course, Forest Lake for dinner following. (Published in the Pioneer Press on January 31 to February 1, 2018). Survived by wife, Rita; daughter Kim (Paul); step daughter Cassie; grandson Dane; granddaughter Nadia; brothers, Charles (Lynn), Dan (Sandy), Ronald (Carol), and Richard, and many nieces and nephews. She enjoyed reading, crocheting, and watching the Minnesota Wild games and was famous for her spaghetti pies and chocolate chip cookies.He is survived by his wife, Diane Burgess; daughter, Ambria; brothers, Bill (Kelli) Parker & Doug (Bonnie) Parker; sister Peg; grandchildren, Fernando, Carlos, Jaden & Olivia; and many nieces & nephews.A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. She is survived by husband Michael, relatives and many friends. (Published in the Pioneer Press on January 21, 2018) Age 81 of Mankato, died peacefully on January 16 at age 81.Meeting people and learning their life stories delighted him.Steve is preceded in death by his daughter Christine (1965-1969) and his sister Jean Raabe (1931-2017).