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Steven Edward Paske, Fort Atkinson

February 28, 2017 GMT

Steven Edward Paske, known to his friends as Stereo Steve, passed away unexpectedly in his home on Monday, Feb. 13.

He was born on Feb. 16, 1956. Steve’s early life was spent with his brothers and sisters in Lodi.

Upon graduating top of his class from Madison Area Technical College, at age 21, he took over his father’s electronic repair business. His passion for work left him the expert tower-climber and craftsman of “Paske TV and Stereo.” His friends often joked that if you left him with a stick and a knife, he could survive in the wild for a month.

Steve’s work made lasting impressions on his customers as well. He delighted in answering the calls of his clients, many of whom considered him their “pal.” Steve was the type of man who befriended everybody he encountered, from hitchhikers to clients — and anyone who met him left with a smile. He could walk into a bar full of strangers and leave with friends. His sense of humor and his charm always lit up a room.

More than anything, Steve was a man of stories and jokes. His shenanigans often starred in his tales. For instance, in his early 20s, Steve traveled though the mountains of Jamaica drinking Red Stripe and eating goat head soup with the indigenous people. Those around him never could quite tell if he was joking; and that was all part of the fun. He was a free spirit and a risk-taker, but he also was genuine and compassionate.

Steve was a loving family member. He was the first to offer aid to those in need. He used to say that the wisest men were the ones to admit that they knew nothing; yet he always had an answer or solution to about any situation.

Well loved, Steve will be missed by the many that knew him. Steve was empathetic and he loved to see people at their best.

In this spirit, the celebration of his life will be open to all, and fond stories or encounters with him are encouraged. His celebration of life event is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 5, at Hijynx Bar, located at 225 S. Main St., Fort Atkinson.

Further, the family asks that any memorials be sent to N885 U.S. Highway 12, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538.

You were right, dad. I suppose that life really is too short and you don’t ever know when your time will be up. I love you.