Ralph J. Steffen
Ralph J. Steffen, 90, formerly of Decatur, passed away on Sunday, September 2, 2018 at Christian Care Retirement Community in Bluffton. He was born on October 19, 1927 to John and Lydia (Gerber) Steffen. He was married on March 29, 1953 in Wells County to Lucinda M. Baumgartner.
He served in the Korean Conflict and was a lifelong dairy farmer in Adams County. He was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church. After retirement, he received his journeyman license. He enjoyed keeping himself busy, attending auctions and buying and selling antiques. He had his own eBay store, R & L Enterprises, where he sold silver bars and rounds.
He is survived by two daughters, Karen (Jeff) Bailey of St. Petersburg, Florida; and Marlene (Dean) Vanhorn of Decatur; two sons, Gary (Kristi) Steffen; and Ron (Natalie) Steffen, both of Fort Wayne; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife on January 20, 2017; infant son, Davey Jo Steffen; six brothers, Harvey, Wilmer, Walter, Norman, Glennes, and Harold Steffen; and four sisters, Catherine Reinhard; Mildred Steffen; Violet Steffen; and Vergene Reinhard.
Visitation will be from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 5 at Goodwin – Cale & Harnish Memorial Chapel in Bluffton and one hour prior to the 10:30 a.m. funeral service on Thursday, September 6 at Apostolic Christian Church East. Officiating will be Lynn Fiechter and Troy Leyse. Burial will be Apostolic Christian Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Adams Central Scholarship Foundation.
Arrangements provided by Goodwin-Cale & Harnish Memorial Chapel in Bluffton. Online condolences may be made at www.thegmcfamily.com.