Sunday, September 17, 2023 7:30 am
Donald Dean Steffans, age 68, of Decorah, died on Friday, Sept. 15, 2023, unexpectedly at his home.
Donald Dean Steffans was born on July 26, 1955, the son of Donald and Wilma (Quandahl) Steffans (Harmony, Minn.) in Decorah, Iowa. Don graduated from Valley High School in 1973. He married Karla (Hageman) Steffans on April 23, 1977, at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Calmar, Iowa. Don would celebrate 50 years working at Camcar (Stanley Black & Decker) in November. He spent most of his free time mowing St Benedict Catholic Cemetery. Don enjoyed spending his time watching NASCAR and collecting NASCAR collectibles. He enjoyed watching Yellowstone, MASH, and the Andy Griffith Show. Don was an avid collector of John Deere toy tractors as well as making his own. He restored and custom-built many toy tractors with his meticulous and patient hands, some of which were spot lightened and written about in The Toy Farmer magazine. Don found pleasure in riding his motorcycle and giving rides to his five grandchildren. Don loved nothing more than spending quality time with his children, grandchildren, family and friends. He also enjoyed playing a good game of cards over his lunch break at work, as well as a good prank or two. Don will be remembered for his quirky one liners. It wouldn’t be uncommon for you to be greeted with a Hidey Ho (Hello) and sent off with a Tata for now (Good – bye).
Donald is survived by his children: Melissa (Chad) Moeller, Monona, IA and Mike (April) Steffans, Calmar; five grandchildren: Amber & Jade Moeller and Brooke, Delaney, & Landon Steffans. His special friend: Becky Courtney. Donald’s mother: Wilma Steffans, Postville; one sister: Ruth (Loren) Larson, Postville; two brothers: Greg Steffans, Sommerset, KY and Richard (Nikki) Steffans, Postville; four sisters-in-law: Karen Dallenbach, Decorah; Kathy (Alan) Johnson, Postville; Kris (Leonard Panos Jr) Lowery, Decorah; and Kim (Randy) Tieskoetter, Ossian; 15 nieces and nephews: Jennifer (Levi) Helbling, Michele (Cory) Huinker, Amanda (Jesse) Peterson, Bryan (Hannah) Lowery, Cory (Jeanne) Lowery, Jason (Emily) Tieskoetter, Corey (Cassie) Tieskoetter, Kyle (Erin) Tieskoetter, Kayla Fletcher, Marty Larson, Cody Steffans, Zach (Becky) Steffans, Mitchell (Danielle) Steffans, Jacob Steffans, and Isaac Steffans; 22 great nieces and nephews: Adeline and Liam Helbling; Cody and Megan Huinker; Taylor and Brady Peterson; Bristol and Collins Lowery; Nicholas and Michael Lowery; Nolan, Kellen, and Aubrey Tieskoetter; Gracie, Tate, and Nash Tieskoetter; Reese and Quinn Tieskoetter; Nora and Lucy Fletcher; Hadley Meyer; Bentley and Addison Steffans.
Donald was preceded in death by his wife: Karla Steffans in 2009; his father: Donald Steffans in 2007; his father-in-law: Ermin Hageman in 2001; his mother-in-law: Cleon (Timp) Hageman in 2020; two brothers: Gary Steffans in infancy and Roger Steffans in 2006; and two brothers-in-law: Randy Dallenbach in 1997 and Dave Lowery in 2005.
Written by his loving grandchildren: Amber (Big Am) Moeller, Jade (Jader) Moeller, Brooke (Brookie) Steffans, Delaney (Laner Bug) Steffans, Landon (Landon-Man) Steffans.