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Bruce Steege

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July 9, 1952 ~ July 10, 2024

Born in: New Hampton, Iowa
Resided in: Fredericksburg, Iowa

Bruce Alan Steege age 72 of Fredericksburg, IA died Wednesday, July 10, 2024, at his home.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Friday, July 26, 2024, at The Fredericksburg City Hall.

Hugeback – Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory in Fredericksburg has been entrusted with arrangements.

Bruce Alan Steege, a cherished member of the Fredericksburg community and a beacon of friendliness and adventure, passed away on July 10, 2024, at the age of 72. Born on July 9, 1952, in New Hampton, Iowa, Bruce was a figure known for his thoughtful nature and unwavering spirit.


After graduating from Fredericksburg High School in 1970, Bruce continued his education at Upper Iowa in Fayette, where he earned his Business Degree in 1975. His pursuit of knowledge and dedication to his studies laid a strong foundation for his future endeavors.


Bruce dedicated over three decades of his life to serving the local community as a respected Farm Bureau Agent in Fredericksburg. His professionalism and commitment to his work were evident to all who knew him. Following his retirement from Farm Bureau, Bruce channeled his work ethic into the construction field, where he applied his business acumen and hands-on skills to remodel homes, contributing to the growth and development of his beloved hometown.


An active and integral part of the Fredericksburg community, Bruce devoted time to maintaining the beauty and dignity of the Rose Hill Cemetery. He could be found each morning, engaging in lively conversation and sharing a cup of coffee with friends and neighbors at a downtown Fredericksburg café and All-Stop. Bruce’s presence at these gatherings will be fondly remembered and deeply missed.


Bruce’s passion for life extended to the golf course, where he enjoyed spending sunny afternoons at Plum Creek Golf Course. His love for the game was matched by his enthusiasm for thrifting, where he sought out hidden treasures with an adventurous heart. A true Hawkeye fan, Bruce’s dedication was evident through his over 30 years of holding season tickets, cheering on his team through every high and low.


He is lovingly remembered by his brother, Ken (Susan) Steege; sister, Janet Forsman; uncle, Gary (Helen) Schultz; his faithful canine companion, Murphy; and a host of nieces and nephews: Aimee (Shawn) Parrish, Carrie Forsman, Andrew (Laura) Forsman, Alissa Steege-Bieschke, Kristine (Craig) Meyer, Kara (Matt) Covey, and Justin (Ceara) Steege. Bruce’s legacy will also live on through his 18 great-nieces and nephews, who will continue to be inspired by his life’s stories and the wisdom he imparted.


Bruce was preceded in death by his mother Margaret Schulz Steege, his father Kenneth E. Steege, and his brother-in-law Darrel Forsman.


As we bid farewell to Bruce Alan Steege, we celebrate a life lived to the fullest, characterized by genuine kindness and a spirit of generosity. His memory will continue to be a guiding light for all who had the privilege of knowing him. Bruce’s passing occurred in Fredericksburg, Iowa, the place he was born, the place he worked, and the place he called home—a fitting testament to his deep roots and love for his community.


Bruce’s life was a journey of joy, companionship, and service. As we honor his memory, we reflect on the impact he made through his actions and the indelible mark he left on the hearts of those around him. Bruce’s story is not one of an end, but a lasting legacy that will be cherished and celebrated by all who were touched by his extraordinary life.


In lieu of flowers, Bruce’s family asks that memorials be made to Rose Hill Cemetery.



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  1. Larry & Callie Schnieder Gid Bless 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

    • Sending my deepest sympathy 🙏to Bruce’s family. I remember all the good conversations we had when I was working at the Fredericksburg Post Office before I retired and when you would stop at my flowers and produce stand. You will be definitely missed by many.

  2. Bruce was not one to talk about himself but he was a great friend to me and Rob and did so much for others, quietly. You could always count on him, lucky to have him all my life.

  3. Bruce it is so hard to believe you’re gone. I’m happy I got to wish you a happy birthday in person. My sympathy to your family. You will be one of my shining stars! 🌟

  4. Bruce was a good friend for many years. I will miss him. My deepest sympathies to his family and those who loved him.

  5. So sorry to hear of Bruce’s passing-I had just had a nice visit with him when we were in Fredericksburg a few weeks ago. Thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  6. Deepest sympathy to Bruce’s family. Always enjoyed visiting with him. He always had a great conversation.

    • Thoughts and prayers to his family at this difficult time. He is very much missed downtown.

  7. Thoughts and prayers for Bruce’s families. He was a great person and will be missed by many.

  8. A neighbor for my first 16 years of life, a friend who I didn’t see much, after that; but whenever I did run into him, we would visit like no time had passed. He had a gentle, caring heart for his family, friends and Fredericksburg community all of whom I’m sure will all miss him immensely. My heart goes out to Steve (his loyal companion), Jan and Kenny and their families💙 Rest in peace, Bruce…you already know and love the people you will be resting with out at Rose Hill 🙏🕊️

  9. Our deepest sympathy to Bruce’s family. Thoughts and prayers . Wes and Bruce will be swapping mowing stories now. Keith and Barb Speicher.

  10. It is very hard to say goodbye to one of my best, life long friends. Bruce, Kenny and I spent most of our time growing up together. Over the years we went our separate ways, but it always felt good to see Bruce when we came back to Fredericksburg. My prayers and thoughts are with Kenny, Jan, and family. I will always think of him.
    Randy Davis

  11. This saddens my heart. Bruce impacted so many lives for such a long time. He had a lot of history and knowledge of many topics. I remember him 1st at Gpa and Gma Foster’s for coffee and of course cookies.
    If he couldn’t tell you the information one day he’d show up with it the next day. Definitely one for the books. Rest easy my 🧡friend…

  12. Every time I’ve been in Fredericksburg over the past years, seeing and talking with Bruce has been one of the highlights. During one of my hardest times, putting my brother to rest, Bruce was amazingly helpful. I will miss his smile and engaging conversation. He is a great loss for Fredericksburg. I am lucky to have known him.

  13. All my sympathy to the family. I’ll remember Steege as being a good friend to everyone. Our trip to New Orleans will always be a cherished memory.

    • Condolences to the family and friends. Prayers for comfort and healing. Bruce along with Art was our ushers at our wedding in 1977. Last time we saw him was in Sept 2023, when we went to the Burg for Bev’s funeral. Bruce came to the church and gave us a big hug. He was such a nice guy and will be missed. Another angel…

    • Bruce was a good friend to all. He helped me out after my husband John died. He was a good friend of John’s, even though they had their ups and downs! Bruce was there a few days before John’s passing. You will be truly missed Bruce! My sympathy to all his family.

  14. I am so sorry that we have lost Bruce. I remember him playing basketball when I was in school. And it always amazed me how tall he was. Maybe because I was so short. I had Seeing him occasionally when I would come back. I move back and saw him more often and he was just a kind, pleasant, jovial, good old boy. He is gonna be greatly missed by this town.

  15. We are so saddened to learn of Bruce’s passing. I worked with Bruce at the Farm Bureau office for years and have been friends with him ever since. Bruce was very outgoing and could talk to anyone. He was a true dog-lover and I so enjoyed seeing and talking to Bruce as his joy with his dogs always came through in his stories of life with them. Our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to Bruce’s family. We are sorry for your loss.

  16. What a loss for the Fredericksburg community, as Bruce was like a walking encyclopedia about the town and especially the cemetery. He’s been a friend since his birth, as his parents and mine were in a card club together for many years. He had that Steege gift of gab that made him so fun to visit with. Rest in peace Bruce ol buddy and tell them all hello‼️ Ken, Susan, Jan and families know we are thinking of you and praying for you ❤️

  17. My sympathy to you Kenny and Jan. I’m going to miss my talks with Bruce out at the cemetery when I was doing flags or flowers and he was mowing. He is definitely going to be missed.

  18. Bruce was such a great friend and we’re so good to my brother Dan Ryan(Buddy O) and I think Bruce gave him the nickname He would even go over to Waukon nursing home to visit for years after Dan left Fredericksburg in New Hampton Great Guy Hope you and Buddy O have a great time again

  19. Prayers and condolences to Bruce’s family. Knew Bruce since fourth grade when we moved to town and were neighbors. Always friendly, caring and had a host of friends! He really did love his hometown! RIP Bruce, and Go Hawks!

  20. How sad to lose Bruce at such a young age. He was such a good guy. We always enjoyed seeing him especially when we were down to the ‘burg for breakfast with Paul Hassman who enjoyed seeing him, as well. Rest in peace dear Bruce, you will be missed by so many. We will miss your great laugh & your fun bits of gossip!
    John & Kathy Hassman.

  21. Jan, Kenny and families so very sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for comfort to all of the families.

  22. Sorry to hear of Bruce’s death. May God bless his family and friends with comfort and hope today and in the days ahead.

  23. Bruce was a great guy and classmate. He was always a thoughtful person who loved the Fredericksburg community. He will be dearly missed by everyone. Sympathy and prayers for Ken and Jan and their families.

  24. I taught at F’burg 1968-69, 69-70 and have so many fond memories of students including Bruce. In later years he would send me messages about times gone by. The Burg lost a little piece of its heart with his passing but was also blessed with his presence. Condolences go to his family, especially brother Ken..so many sports memories…remember the good times…please light a candle with a Purple and Gold flame

  25. Worked in the same office with Bruce for 9 years and shared several meals with him over that time. Always enjoyed his conversations and can say there weren’t many who had such a deep genuine concern and conviction to do what was right for his clients. That is a wonderful trait to be known for. I watched him many times take time to make a personal visit and thought nothing of going out of his way if it helped someone else.
    I will miss seeing him around. My deepest sympathies to his family. He was a good one! And yes, I enjoyed twisting his phone cord…he had a thing about keeping his phone just right so when he was out helping someone, I would put a little twist or two in periodically just to keep him on track.
    Until we meet again…

  26. I just talked to Bruce a few weeks ago when I visited the cemetery. He always had a smile and a story to tell. So sorry for your loss.

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