Crofton — Loren James “Lornie” Steffen age 74 of Crofton, Nebraska died on Wednesday July 2, 2014 at the Golden Living Center in Hartington.
Visitation and a Vigil service were July 4 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Crofton, and continued Saturday at church one hour prior to services.
Mass of Christian Burial was July 5 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Crofton, with the Rev. Michael Schmitz officiating.
Burial was at the St. Rose Cemetery, Crofton.
Pallbearers were Landon Steffen, Lukas Steffen, Brady Steffen, Ben Steffen, Andy Meyer, Doug Kollars, Brian Steffen, and Dean Wortmann. Honorary pallbearers will be Loren’s grandchildren.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home, Crofton.
Loren was born Sept. 7, 1939, to Lawrence and Frances (Beeson) Steffen in Crofton. Loren grew up on a farm near Crofton. He married Maxine (Kollars) Steffen Aug. 2, 1961, in Crofton. Loren and Maxine raised six children, Jeffery, Amy, Carri, Steve, Curt and Alicia.
Loren was a life-long member of the St. Rose Catholic Church, attended St. Rose Elementary School, graduated from Crofton High School in 1957, and attended Norfolk Junior College.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Order of Foresters. He was the mayor of Crofton for eight years and was a member of Crofton’s school board for many years.
Loren owned and operated Steffen Service station and tank wagon delivery for 43 years.
He enjoyed anything sports related, golfing, bowling and watching the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Crofton Warriors. He liked gardening, and in his later years, he enjoyed the company of his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Maxine, Crofton; six children and their spouses, Jeffery and Amy Steffen, Norfolk; Amy and Clay Meyer, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Carri and Mike Bornitz, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Steve and Jayne Steffen, Hartington; Curt and Kristi Steffen, Crofton; and Alicia and Jason List, Yankton, S.D.; 22 grandchildren; one sister, Marvalee Richardson; and five brothers Roger Steffen, Keith Steffen, David Steffen, Dennis Steffen and Paul Steffen.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his grandson, Samuel Micah Steffen.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to be made to St. Rose School, Crofton.