John Israel Steffen

Born: Tue., Jul. 3, 1928
Died: Sun., Mar. 3, 2013


2:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Mar. 08, 2013
Location: Heitmeyer Funeral Home

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Mar. 09, 2013
Location: Healing Streams Pentecostal Church of God

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Mar. 09, 2013
Location: Healing Streams Pentecostal Church of God

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John Israel Steffen
   PANDORA - John Israel Steffen, 84, of Pandora died Sunday, March 3, 2013 as a result of an auto accident in Fort Myers, FL. He was born July 3, 1928  to the late Sam and Rose (Garber) Steffen. On July 10, 1965 he married Marilyn Jane DeVore who also died in the accident.
   He is survived by 3 children: Terry (Dee) Steffen of Pandora, Cheryl Steffen of Ventura, CA., and Kimberly (Gregory) Cramer of Defiance; 5 grandchildren: Jennifer (Jesse) Crowe, Jeremy Steffen, Andrew Steffen, Renae Cramer, and Emily Cramer. He was preceded in death by 4 brothers and 4 sisters.
   John was a retired self-employed roofer for Steffen Brothers Roofing. He was a member of Bethel Assembly of God Church in North Ft. Myers and Healing Streams Pentecostal Church of God, Gilboa. He belonged to the Bluffton Area Shuffle Board and Country Lake Shuffle Board Associations. He was a world traveler before he retired with his wife in Florida and loved riding his motorcycle. He was caring and generous to many. He often helped out someone in need. His family was his pride and joy.
   Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 9, 2013 at Healing Streams Pentecostal Church of God, Gilboa with Pastor Wayne Baldridge officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Pandora. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Ottawa and from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday at the church. Memorials may be made to the Healing Streams Pentecostal Church of God, Gilboa.
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Scott Ward (Palmer Donavin)
   Posted Wed March 06, 2013

So sorry to hear about this accident involving your parents. Prayers and thoughts for you and your family during your time of need.

Scott Ward

Sharon Meyer
   Posted Thu March 07, 2013
You have our heartfelt sympathy during this time of great loss. You and the family are in our prayers. God bless you along this difficult journey.

Sharon Meyer, Jim & Carol Wagner, ("Sing Along with Sharon")
Lavina Steffen (Leona Steffen's sister at Hilty Home)

Nancy Carnine
   Posted Thu March 07, 2013
John and Marilyn are my aunt and uncle. John was the last of my mom’s nine siblings. What a blessing this couple has been to family and friends. They were strong, dedicated Christians who practiced what they preached. I know that they are both in the presence of the Lord as well as enjoying a joyful reunion with other loved ones who had gone before. I look forward to the day when my family and I will be reunited with them. Our thoughts and prayers are with John and Marilyn’s family. May the peace of God which passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Love in Christ,
Nancy(Isaacson) Carnine

Barb Cook
   Posted Thu March 07, 2013
Terry and Dee,
I was shocked to hear of the accident, and of course, doubly shocked by the ensuing deaths. I offer both of you my thoughts and prayers in this tragedy. (No need to respond to this message).

David Snare
   Posted Fri March 08, 2013
John was one of my favorite uncles - my mother, Arlene, was his brother. As a kid I enjoyed being around him. He took us swimming, or went shooting, or rode a go cart, or he wrestled with us. About thirty years ago, when we lived in Puerto Rice, he stopped by briefly to see us and we played basket ball. I accepted Christ about three years ago and now will look forward to seeing John again.

May God bless those that John left behind.

David and Gladys Snare
Fleming Island, Florida

Becky Burt Strong
   Posted Sat March 09, 2013
Hi Cheryl,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I am praying for you. Please contact me if you would like. I would love to visit with you while you are in the area, or even by phone or e-mail.
Becky Strong

Dan Isaacson
   Posted Sat March 09, 2013
Terry, Cheryl and Kimberly,
Kim and I send our thoughts and prayers of love, peace and comfort to you and all the grandchildren. Our Mom was Nellie Mae the oldest girl of the Steffen brothers and sisters. What a wonderful blessed couple Uncle John and Aunt Marilyn were to everyone they touched. Our Mom always had a special sense of joy and fun sparkle in her voice whenever she spoke about Uncle John and growing up as a Steffen in Pandora, Ohio. Uncle John and Aunt Marilyn's walk with Christ, love for their neighbor, joy for living and availability to help anyone in need, is truly a living memorial to us all! God Bless,
Dan and Kim Isaacson

Beth Bytheway Lehman
   Posted Fri March 22, 2013
Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. It is so hard to lose a parent let alone lose both at once. My mother, Grace Steffen Bytheway, was a cousin to John. She always talked about the fun she would have visiting her cousins and having them come visit her family in Kidron. Hopefully they are enjoying time together now in heaven. Take care, Beth Bytheway Lehman

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