Stephen Schuel­ke, 62, Oelwein, Iowa

April 14, 2017 GMT

OELWEIN, Iowa — Stephen Schuel­ke, 62, of Oelwein, Iowa, and formerly of Tomah, Wis., passed away on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Stephen Patrick Schuelke was born on July 7, 1954, in Fort Atkinson, Wis., to Norman and Betty (Scheiwe) Schuelke.

He graduated from Fort Atkinson High School with the Class of 1972. He then attended the Madison Area Technical College, graduating in 1975.

On June 3, 1978, Steve was united in marriage with Susan Russell at Racine, Wis.

Steve was a graphic artist and employed with Northwest Telephone Co. in Tomah for many years.

Steve led a very active life as a community volunteer. In Tomah, he was involved with Partners For Youth, teaching Sunday School, PTO, Band Parents, Camp Sunshine, coaching track, coaching Special Olympics, the Warren Cranberry Festival Board, and especially the Boys and Girls Club and Habitat For Humanity.

He continued his active community involvement following his relocation to Oelwein where he was involved with the Oelwein Lions Club, a volunteer and board member of RSVP, Fontana Park, OWLS, founded the Presbyterian Youth Group (PYG’s), 4-H fair judge, Camp Hertko Hollow, Oelwein Area Historical Society and was a service dog advocate.

Steve very much enjoyed his community involvement, with his most passionate cause advocating for diabetes since his own diagnosis in 1972. He also loved photography and being outdoors.

Left to celebrate Steve’s life are his wife, Sue of Oelwein; his daughters, Katie of Oelwein and Hannah (Josh) Mueller of Winona, Minn.; his sisters, Ann (Bob Beranek) Schuelke of Sun Prairie, Wis., and Terry (Rick) Monogue of Milton, Wis.; several nieces and nephews; and his service dog, Sawyer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Norm and Betty; and his brother, Ted Schuelke.

Visitation will be on Monday, April 17, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein.

Memorial services will be on Tuesday, April 18, beginning at 11 a.m., at Christ United Presbyterian Church in Oelwein with the Rev. John Kerr officiating.

Memorials may be directed to the family for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation-Ride For a Cure.

For condolences, please visit www.geilenfeldfh.com.