1001 Second Ave.
Rockford, IL 61104
Born: Thursday, September 9, 1948
Passed: Sunday, January 3, 2016
1/15/2016 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Fred C. Olson Chapel
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1/16/2016 | 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Redeemer Lutheran Church
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Redeemer Lutheran Church
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Donald R. "Don" Steffen, 67, of Rockford, died January 3, 2016 in Alpine Fireside Health Center. Born Sept. 9, 1948, in Woodstock, the son of Walter and Bertha (Wienke) Steffen. Don graduated from Woodstock High School in 1966. He then attended the Univ. of Houston in Texas. His education was interrupted by the US Army. He served a tour of duty in Viet Nam as a radio operator. Don was awarded the Purple Heart and other medals during his tour. After his discharge he attended Herzing Institute in Rockford where he met his future wife. Don married Ruth Mahnke on July 8, 1972 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Rockford, IL. Don completed his education at Northern Illinois Univ. His entire career was in the computer field. The last 20 years Don was employed at UDL Labs in Rockford. He worked his way to IT Manager and in 1996 Don was named Manager of the Year. Don was an avid golfer and very proud of the hole in one he made at Sandy Hollow. Photography was his hobby and his pictures of flowers are majestic. He had many memories of his days of travel in the US and overseas. His photographic skills were tested during his travels to Germany and the cathedrals and to Holland during the tulip season. Don's last river cruise was to Russia, where he toured Red Square and the Kremlin in Moscow followed by the majestic structures in St. Petersburg. These travels offered photographic opportunities one could never imagine. They are forever reminders of happy times for the family. Don was a very active member of Redeemer Lutheran Church where he served as trustee and usher for many years.
Survived by his wife Ruth; sons, Tim (Nicole) and their children Megan and Max of Hartland, WI, and Erich and his daughter Hannah of Rockford; brother, David (Connie); and nephews, Randy (Liz) Steffen, Ken, Ron (Debbie), Don (Valerie), and Jerry Mahnke. Predeceased by his parents; brother, Bill; and infant sister. Special thanks for support during Don's illness to all the friends at Redeemer.
Funeral service will be at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, January 16, 2016 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 827 16th St, Rockford, IL 61104 with Rev. Paul Krause officiating. Visitation will be on Friday, Jan. 15 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 2nd Ave. and on Saturday, Jan. 16 from 11:00 to 11:45 a.m. prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church.