Steve Heller, 64, joined his dad in heaven on a beautiful sunset evening. He died at his home Friday, September 16, 2016 of a cardiac incident. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday, September 22 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A graveside funeral service will be held 6:30 p.m. Monday, September 26 in the Marengo Cemetery with Rev. Andrew Gray officiating.
On March 30, 1952 Steve was born in Cedar Rapids, the son of Wes and Marietta (Seckel) Heller. He was baptized April 27, 1952 by Rev. Spitz at the old St. John’s Lutheran Church on Hilton St. On April 3, 1966 Steve was confirmed by Rev. Discher at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Court Ave.
In 1970 Steve graduated from Iowa Valley High School, where he participated in basketball, football, and band. He was also involved in the Iowa County Underwater Search and Rescue Team. Following graduation from UNI in 1974 he pursued scuba diving interests. He enjoyed underwater photography classes and Caribbean trips. Later he attended commercial diving school in Ft. Pierce, Florida. His work took him to oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Upon returning to Marengo he worked at Greater Buffalo Press, Kinze Manufacturing, and the City of Marengo.
Steve was a soft-spoken man who enjoyed quiet time in the outdoors. He was an avid hunter and shared this interest with his children and close friends. He explored culinary interests and enjoyed processing wild game. He also enjoyed family gatherings at his parents’ home on the hill.
He was preceded in death by his dad on August 21, 2016 and his grandparents. He is survived by his son Blake, daughter Lisa, and mother Marietta, all of Marengo; grandchildren Maddex and Easton; sister Lynette (Wilfred) Karsten, Moline, IL; nieces Anna Karsten and Rachel (Matthew) Gerhardt; and friend Melanie Henley.
A memorial fund has been established.