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Steven Robert DePauw

July 28, 1958 - January 30, 2020
From: Spencer, IA
Steven Robert DePauw

Steven Robert DePauw

Born: July 28, 1958
Died: January 30, 2020
Age: 61

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     Steven Robert DePauw, the son of Norbert and Rosemary (Augustine) DePauw, was born on July 28, 1958 in Slayton, MN. He was raised and received his early education there, graduating from Slayton High School. Following graduation, he entered into the military on June 15, 1977, serving in the U.S. Army. During his time in the military he was stationed in Bamberg, Germany, Colorado Springs, CO, Aberdeen, MD, Dexheim, Germany and Spencer. While in the military, he served as a machinist, instructor, cannon crew member/gunner and a recruiter. He met Becky while he was in Spencer. Steve was honorably discharged on June 30, 1995, after serving 18 years.

     On August 3, 1996, Steve married Rebecca (Bjorn) Lunn in Spencer. Following their marriage, Steve worked for Eaton Corporation for 11 years and then Corn Belt Power for 13 years. Steve was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, served on the Youth Council and also was involved with the Men of Bethany. He was a member of the American Legion Post #1 and served as Commander for 3 years. Steve enjoyed playing golf with his friends and family, driving his Shelby Mustang, traveling with Becky in their 5th wheel and cheering on his Hawkeyes, Twins and Vikings. The most important things to Steve were the love of his family and country.

     Steve passed away on Thursday, January 30 at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer, at the age of 61. He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather, William C. Brown; his brother, James; 4 infant siblings: John, Robert, Timothy and Lisa.

     Left to cherish his memory are his wife: Rebecca of Spencer, IA; 6 children: Jeramy DePauw of Las Vegas, NV, Kelly Graham (Chad) of Chesterland, OH, Traci Erwin (Mike) of Cullowhee, NC, Sarah Lindsay of Mason City, IA; Bri Gardner (Josh) of North Liberty, IA and Whitney Lunn (Jeremy Fisher) of Cedar Rapids, IA; 6 grandchildren: Caleb & Jasmine Lindsay, Clayton, Caine, Kienan & Charlie Graham; 1 great grandchild: Rowan Lindsay; 2 sisters: Jeanne Toews (Rick) of St. Anthony, MN and Theresa Reeves (Mark) of Circle Pines, MN; 3 brothers: David (Deb) of Lakeville, MN, Ed (Nancy) of Hudson, WI and Bruce (Dawn) of Lakeville, MN; his goddaughter: Mikaela DePauw; other relatives and many friends.

SERVICES
Funeral Service will be 10 :30 A.M., Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Spencer, Iowa.

Military Services will be conducted by the American Legion - Glen Pedersen Post #1 and V.F.W. Clay County Post #3159. 

There will be a lunch following the service in the church hall.
OFFICIATING
Pastor Jen Henry
CASKET BEARERS
Gaylen Sindt
Jerry Vanderpool
Josh Gardner
Chad Graham
Rod Stephas
Kevin White
VISITATION
Visitation will be after 5:00p.m., with the family present from 6:00 - 8:00p.m., Monday evening at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.




MUSIC
Organist - Elina Ozolins

Soloist - Deb Mechler
"Ave Maria"

Ciongregational Hymns
"Borning Cry"
"You Are Mine"
"Morning Has Broken"
INTERMENT

Graveside Services

1:00 P.M., Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Fort Snelling National Cemetery
Minneapolis, MN

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Bethany Lutheran Church, American Legion, Hope Lodge and Brains Together for a Cure.

Condolences

Friday, February 14, 2020 at 11:32 AM
“So sorry to hear this Becky. Steve was such a sweet,kind,loving man.I will never forget the beautiful presentation of the flag to our mother when Dewey passed. My heart goes out to you and your family.”
- Kerrie lawrence Kramme
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 9:47 AM
“Bonnie and I send our love and condolences respectfully Sarah.
May God keep you wrapped in His arms.
Darrell & Bonnie Conway”
- Mr and Mrs Darrell S Conway
Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 2:59 PM
“I know what you are going through right now is very difficult, just know that I am here for you. I am truly sorry for your loss. Just know that Steve is watching over you. ”
- Kaitlin Weisbrod
Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 2:59 PM
“I enjoyed working with Steve at Eaton, he always made everyone smile. My prayers to the family.”
- Jone Lewis
Monday, February 3, 2020 at 8:46 PM
“Becky and Family Sorry to hear about Steve. I enjoyed talking to you folks when I ran into you. He was a nice happy guy. May God be with you through these difficult times.”
- Steve & Barb Meyer
Monday, February 3, 2020 at 5:27 PM
“DePauw Family and my family my myself sorry for your loss. Steve and I serve together in the army in Dexhiem Germany. He was my best friend. ”
- Rodney D Tibbs retired SFC United States Army
Monday, February 3, 2020 at 5:27 PM
“Becky and family, we were so saddened to hear about Steve. We had no idea that he was going through this, as well as all of you along with him. His smile and happy personality leaves a void in this community. His love of family,friends, and country were so apparent. And always a “Tiger Paw”!
Our love to all of you. Julie and Stew Lewis”
- Stewart and Julie Lewis
Monday, February 3, 2020 at 2:25 PM
“Steve was witty and fun to be around. We had worked together and golfed together. Steve always flashed that winning smile . He was a great all around guy and will be missed.”
- Eric Auberg
Monday, February 3, 2020 at 12:05 PM
“Becky and girls, Please know that our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Steve was a terrific man, husband and father and he adored his wife and family immensely. He will be greatly missed. Our condolences and prayers go out to you all.”
- Anne & Doug Clausen
Monday, February 3, 2020 at 11:00 AM
“Our deepest sympathy to family in the loss of Steve.”
- Jim and Linda Casey
Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 7:35 PM
“We are so sorry for your loss. Steve was a very good man.”
- Todd and Sandy Enderson
Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 2:38 PM
“My heart goes out to you all. Steve was such a wonderful man. Always smiling and laughing and good-hearted. I’ll never forget how my sister teased him about his hair and he’d give it right back to her! Love you all and prayers sent your way. ”
- Hilery Hanson
Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 2:38 PM
“Thoughts and prayers to Becky and family. I will always remember Steve’s big smile and positive attitude. His light will continue to shine through those who knew him. Steve, thank you for your service to our great country. You will be missed. God bless you and your family.”
- Jade and Julie Beehler
Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 2:38 PM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Neal and I always remember driving to and hiking with the 2 of you in Colorado. He could hike for hrs and never have a hair out of place. Always had a great attitude no matter what the situation was. His smile was contagious. He will be missed. OXOX”
- Neal & Cindy Drefke
Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 5:59 PM
“Becky and families,
I extend to you my deepest sympathy, huggs, love and prayers for comfort for the loss of Steve.
I will remember Steve for his kindness, bravery and courage through his battle with cancer.and most of all that smile! RIP Steve.”
- mari lu larson
Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 5:59 PM
“Steve was one of a kind. He will always be remembered for his constant smile and positive personality. Always a pleasure to be around and no matter what the situation, he had a big smile on his face. I have so many great memories of us growing up and it was fun reminiscing a few of them together at Rosemary's funeral. God's speed Steven!!”
- Tom and Joyce Nordin
Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 5:59 PM
“Oh Becky and family I am so sorry. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Mark”
- Mark Pearson
Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 5:58 PM
“Becky, we are sorry to hear of your loss, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you & your family.”
- Scott & Therese Davis
Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 10:52 AM
“Becky and Family. So sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Memories are a wonderful thing. Sending Hugs
Ray and Nancy”
- Ray and Nancy Lathrop
Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 10:52 AM
“To Becky, your children and my children. My deepest sympathy for all in this time of sorrow. Rejoice in the fact Steve is watching over you all and in your hearts and memories forever. As time passes, pain will subside and his light will shine through. Peace and prayers be with you all.”
- Lorri Martindale
Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 10:51 AM
“To all of Steve’s family I send my condolences in his passing! You all have been and will continue in my thoughts & prayers for God’s abundant peace & comfort! Love in Christ, Dianne”
- Dianne Hinsch
Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 8:20 AM
“Becky, I dearly loved meeting with the two of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. He will be missed.”
- Kirby Froehlich
Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 8:20 AM
“To our childhood neighbors, brothers and sisters. You, the DePauws' were like family, and Steve and I were like nearly brothers. So many memories of playing ball in the back yards, 'Kick The Can' after dark, sleep overs, and playing in the wooden fort in the DePauw back yard. Steve, we all will miss your positive and kind spirit. God will truly bless you in heaven my friend.”
- Dale McCormick
Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 8:19 AM
“I am so sorry to hear about Steve. I will always remember the fun times golfing. He truly enjoyed life. You are in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Barbara J Kerns
Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 8:19 AM
“Sorry to hear of Steve's passing. He fought a long hard battle. All of Spencer will miss him. Spencer parades will not be the same without him in the color guard. Steve wore his uniform with the utmost pride. He was a enthusiast for Spencer. I always enjoyed visiting with him because of his positive energetic personality. ”
- Tim Nensel
Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 8:19 AM
“Sorry for your loss. We were both Steve`s classmates. Thank you, Steve, for your military service. You will be missed. Until we meet again.”
- Dan & Kerry Conway
Friday, January 31, 2020 at 10:41 PM
“My Dad was the first man I ever loved, he loved me for 38 years and I loved him my whole life!!

Our family will always feel a hole without him, but because of him and life he gave to me, my husband and I have 4 children that will carry on his love of country and love of family!

My thoughts and prayers go to my DePauw Family and the many friends that were like family to him. Thinking of you all and sending prayers for your hearts!”
- Kelly Graham
Friday, January 31, 2020 at 10:40 PM
“So sorry to hear of Steve’s passing.”
- Dick mcDonald
Friday, January 31, 2020 at 10:40 PM
“Becky, I'm so sorry for the loss of Steve. You and your family are in my thoughts. ”
- Becky Severeid
Friday, January 31, 2020 at 5:56 PM
“Becky, please accept our deepest sympathy! God Bless your family!”
- Jeff & Judy Mahrt
Friday, January 31, 2020 at 5:56 PM
“Becky and family we are so sorry for your loss. Steve was a great guy who will be missed by all who knew him. ”
- Dale and Rhonda Streufert
Friday, January 31, 2020 at 5:55 PM
“Becky and family....our deepest Sympathy. Prayers. ”
- Ron and Dawn Feucht
Friday, January 31, 2020 at 1:26 PM
“Becky and family. Sorry to hear of Steve's passing. What a gentleman and friend. We had some good rounds of golf at the SGC,. he will be missed. Thoughts and prayers are with you.”
- Larry Rupert
Friday, January 31, 2020 at 12:54 PM
“Sending all our prayers and love to you all. Steve was always so kind, fun to talk with and had such a warm smile. XOXOXOX”
- Lyndsey Hoppe
Friday, January 31, 2020 at 11:02 AM
“Becky & Family, So very sorry for your loss. Steve was an all around great guy!”
- Sue Hallett
Friday, January 31, 2020 at 11:02 AM
“Becky, Bri, Josh, Whit and Sarah - So, so sorry for your loss. Steve was a great guy! Becki loved him like a dad. “Dork” will miss him! XXXO”
- Bill and Bert
Friday, January 31, 2020 at 11:02 AM
“I have too many memories to pick just one that stands out of me and Steve. There are many of memories of Me, Steve, Dan and Gary. I love them all like brothers, but Steve and I had special bond. I regretfully didnt keep in touch with Steve lately and only seemed to see him at funerals of our friends or family members. The last time I saw Steve was in October 2016 when my father passed away. Steve was always the same and so was I, And knew how the other one felt about the other.
Rest is peace my brother
Tom”
- Thomas Jeans
Friday, January 31, 2020 at 11:02 AM
“Becky, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I always enjoyed seeing his smile as we passed by your house throughout the years when he would be outside.”
- Jen Irvine
Friday, January 31, 2020 at 11:02 AM
“Becky, Sarah, Bri & Whitney,
There aren’t words in the world that can describe Steve. He was a loving husband, amazing dad and unbelievable friend. The world was a better place because he was in it and we were better people because we had the privilege of knowing him. I am so sorry that he was called home too soon, but I’m sure he is causing all kinds of mischief in heaven. Love to all of you and prayers !”
- Korrie Anderson
Friday, January 31, 2020 at 11:01 AM
“Sue and I extend our condolences and prayers to Becky and family. Steve was a great guy. Always enjoyed our talks at MOB. ”
- Randy & Sue Riecks
Friday, January 31, 2020 at 8:09 AM
“So very sorry to hear this about Steve. Absolutely the best neighbor anyone could have. Always a smile and friendly conversation. RIP Steve”
- Joe Skow
Friday, January 31, 2020 at 8:09 AM
“So very sorry to read about Steve’s passing; we have so many fond memories with him. ”
- Carol Morgan
Friday, January 31, 2020 at 8:09 AM
“Becky, Bri, Josh, Whitney and Sarah, So sorry for your loss. Becki thought of Steve as a second dad! She always loved it when he would give her crap. And of course she gave it right back. Know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers. XXXO B&B”
- Bill and Bert Meyer
Friday, January 31, 2020 at 8:09 AM
“My heart goes out to all of you !
Your love affair Becky was real he treated you very well as you did for him !
You always looked so good together !
Remember all of those wonderful times you had together and never regret the little tiffs you had because that brought you makeup times !
Keep your faith that you will see him again and the love you shared will be 10 fold my friend !
I’m just a phone call away if you ever want to talk !
- Rhonda Olson
Friday, January 31, 2020 at 8:08 AM
“My prayers go out to you Becky, I will never forget the beautiful remembrance he did for our Dad! He was one in a million. God be with you at this sad time.”
- Dan and kerrie
Friday, January 31, 2020 at 8:08 AM
“Super Sorry Becky for your loss! Steve is no longer in pain! RIP”
- Renee Juza
Friday, January 31, 2020 at 8:08 AM
“Becky & Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Steve was a great guy! You all are in our families prayers. ”
- Eric & Sally Schultz
Friday, January 31, 2020 at 8:08 AM
“Becky & Family, my heart hurts in your loss.... please know I care and pray you can find comfort in knowing you are surrounded in love by many, many people! My deepest sympathy! ”
- LaVonne Clark
Friday, January 31, 2020 at 8:07 AM
“We were so sorry to hear of Steve's passing. Our prayers are with you, Becky, and your family. May God give you peace during this difficult time.”
- Ruben & Donnis Stugart
Friday, January 31, 2020 at 8:07 AM
“We are so very sorry for your loss, we will miss seeing his big smile when we drive by. Prayers to you all during this difficult time.”
- Shelby Haak
Friday, January 31, 2020 at 8:07 AM
“Becky, your family is in my prayers. Steve was a genuine person and overall great guy. He will be missed. Love Rich”
- Rich Detrick
Friday, January 31, 2020 at 8:07 AM
“My sincere sympathy in your loss ”
- Gail Ragan
Friday, January 31, 2020 at 8:07 AM
“So very sorry for your loss. I remember him in school as I also was class of 77. Prayers to all. Mike Engebretson”
- Mike and Gail Engebretson
Friday, January 31, 2020 at 8:07 AM
“Jim and I send our sincere condolence's to Becky and family. Our world has lost a great man. We miss him and his smile! Always a smile, even as he battled on. R.I.P Steve, fly high.”
- Jan Rusk
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