Lyle D. Steffen, age 82, of Brookings, died Thursday, December 26, 2013, at Brookings Hospital.
Funeral Services will be 11:00 AM Monday at Grace Lutheran Church, Nunda with burial at Prairie Queen Cemetery, rural Nunda and Military Honors by Nunda American Legion. Visitation will be 5-7 PM at Rude's Funeral Home, Brookings, with a Prayer Service at 6:30 PM.
Lyle Donald Steffen was born June 24, 1931, on the family farm near Nunda to Paul and Anna (Holter) Steffen. He attended North Prairie Queen and Rutland schools. Lyle served in the US Air Force and returned to the family farm where he continued farming until his retirement. He married Mable Diller in 1954. From that union they were blessed with three children, Gary, Barb and Beth. His wife Mable and daughter Beth were killed in an auto accident in 1969.
Lyle met Dora Roozenboom of Hills, MN, at T.H.E.O.S., a Sioux Falls Christian fellowship group for young widows and widowers. They were united in marriage in 1981. They moved to Brookings in 1992 and wintered in Mesa, AZ. Lyle made acquaintances and friends at the coffee shops through the years and will be remembered for his endless sense of humor. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Nunda where he actively participated in the church board and taught Sunday School.
Lyle was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Mable and daughter Beth; two brothers Henry and Willis Steffen; one sister Lydia Jorenby; a stepson Kurt Roozenboom and a step-granddaughter Angee Rozeboom.
Survivors include his wife Dora of Brookings; two children, Gary Steffen of Oldham and Barb (Ron) Hillestad of Volga; three step-children, David (Eunice) Roozenboom of Steen, MN, Dennis (Jo) Roozenboom of Valley Springs, SD and Diane (Rick) Foulks of Hawaii; three grandchildren, Rhonda (Chad) Wosje of Volga, Robin Hillestad of Broomfield, CO and Rachelle Steffen of Shakopee, MN; eight step-grandchildren; one great-grandchild; nine step-great-great grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Elnore Steffen of Brookings; and numerous nieces & nephews.