Obituary Richard A. “Dick” Steffen

Steffen, Richard


HARTINGTON — Richard A. “Dick” Steffen, 64, Hartington, died Aug. 27, 2014, at Monarch Hospice Center, Lincoln, after a battle with cancer.

Visitation and a vigil service were Aug. 29 at the church and continued Saturday, one hour prior to services.

Mass of Christian Burial was Aug. 30 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Hartington, with the Rev. Jeffery Loseke officiating.

Burial was at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Hartington.

Pallbearers were Roger Koch, Carly Christensen, Rob Miller, Dan Kathol, Don Noecker, Matt Weinandt, Don Hoesing and Ed Lammers.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home, Hartington.

Richard Andrew Steffen was born Jan. 7, 1950, in Yankton, S.D., to Andrew and Rita Marie (Wortmann) Steffen. He grew up in the Constance area and attended grade school there. He graduated from Cedar Catholic High School, Hartington, in 1968. Dick then graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He married Joan G. Kathol Sept. 30, 1972, in Hartington. He and Joan moved to Quincy, Ill., where he worked as a credit manager. They moved to Lincoln, where he worked in insurance sales for Fidelity Union Life, for a short time. Dick then started a new position with the Burroughs Corporation as a programmer and software salesman in Kearney. A job at GEM Enterprises with Ritch Miller brought Dick and Joan back to Hartington in 1976. In 1980, Dick began SpecSoft Inc., a custom software company providing business support systems. Two of his sons, Christopher and Kyle, joined the firm and continue to operate the business.

Dick was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church where he participated in Perpetual Adoration, the choir and the Knights of Columbus. Through the years, he was also very active with Cedar Catholic High School as a member and officer of the Blue Ribbon Committee, the Alumni Association, CCHS Booster Club, the Cedar Development office, and emcee for many galas. He participated with the planning and fundraising committee to build the Monsignor Werner Activity Center. Dick was also fondly known as “the bleacher statistician.”

Dick is survived by his wife, Joan, Hartington; five children and their families, Christopher and Julie Steffen, Lincoln, and Gabe, Rylie and Neko; Kyle and Jen Steffen, Lincoln, and Xanthe, Jude and Oliver; Brooke and Clay Kleinschmit, Hartington; Aubrey and Joel Sookram, Omaha, and Aidia, Leela and Ivan; and Broderick “Brody” Steffen, Lincoln; mother, Rita Steffen, Hartington; eight brothers and sisters and spouses, Diane and Ron Hochstein, Bow Valley; Cynthia Steffen, Inver Grove Heights, Minn.; Sheila and Gary Eckmann, Lindy; Fred and Karen Steffen, Crofton; Ray and Elaine Steffen, Menominee; Cheryl and Mike Smyth, Crofton; Pam and Dan Berendsen, Crofton; and Pat and Julie Steffen, Fordyce; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death was his father, Andrew, and brother, Dan Steffen.