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Lyle Steege

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Lyle Victor Steege age 88 of Fredericksburg, Iowa died Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in New Hampton. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday August 29, 2015 at Peace United Church of Christ in Fredericksburg. Friends may call 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Friday August 28, 2015 at the Hugeback Johnson Funeral Home in Fredericksburg. Further visitation will be one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church. Interment will be at Rose Hill Cemetery with Lori Toso, Kerri Williamson, Danny Steege, Ryan Steege, Alex Steege, Jason Steege and Chris Steege serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Lyle’s great-grandchildren. Lyle Victor Steege was born January 25, 1927 on the family farm near Fredericksburg, Iowa the son of Victor and Hilda (Jacobs) Steege. He received his education at a rural country school in Fredericksburg. Lyle later continued on to Fredericksburg High School where he graduated in 1945. During high school, Lyle met the love of his life, Darlene Brandenburg. The couple later married on May 27, 1947; to this union three sons were born. The couple farmed together for over 50 years. They started just north west of Fredericksburg before moving in 1950 east of Fredericksburg; where they stayed until moving to town in 2000. Lyle’s job was also his hobby, farming. He loved farming and everything that went along with it. He enjoyed being able to work with his loving wife next to him for all of those years. Lyle was a life long member of the Fredericksburg Farmers Co-op and was on the board for 18 years. He was a very active member of the Peace United Church of Christ along with being a member of Antique Acres of Northeast Iowa. Aside from farming, Lyle enjoyed his weekly trips to the Amish and spending as much time as he could with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also partook in Share the Harvest, an organization that helps people around the world with hunger. Lyle was proud to be a farmer. Lyle is survived by his wife of 68 years, Darlene; three sons, Marvin (Bev) Steege, Darrell (Sharon) Steege, Calvin (Janet) Steege all of Fredericksburg. Seven grandchildren, Lori (Matt) Toso of Holman, WI, Kerri (Neal) Williamson of Belleplain, MN, Danny (Katie) Steege of Fredericksburg, Chris (Leanne) Steege of Lawrence, KS, Jason (Katie) Steege of Waverly, IA, Ryan (Jamie) Steege of Fredericksburg, Alex (Morgan) Steege of Monona, IA; ten great-grandchildren Jordan Toso, Imani Toso, Hannah Toso, Kiya Williamson, Jadyn Williamson, Rylan Williamson, Saela Steege, Liam Steege, Erin Steege, Ella Steege; one sister, Alice Steege of Fredericksburg; many brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his mother-in-law and father-in-law; two sisters, Ruth Wendt, Wilma Bigelow; two great-granddaughters Nora and Brynley Steege.

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  1. Dear Darlene and Family, Although our parents, Lena Steege James and Loren James, moved from Iowa to Arizona in 1958, we have always remained Iowans at heart. Each visit back to Fredericksburg to see aunts, uncles and cousins was and is greatly anticipated. Lyle was so welcoming, and included our spouses as family. Of course, he loved to tease them, and he took their teasing in return. I had the honor of being one of the flower girls in your wedding, wearing the beautiful little white ruffly dress made by mother. That was very special for me. Thank you. We are thinking of your entire family, and wish you comfort and peace. Sylvia and Wayne Hoffman Sylvia 1st cousin to Lyle Idaho Springs, CO

  2. Some of the best times of my life were spent visiting Uncle Vic and Aunt Hilda on the family farm. I adored my cousins, Ruth, Lyle, Alice and Wilma. They spoiled me way past what I deserved. I liked following Lyle around, watching him at work. There were so many fascinating things like smelly silos, scary cow barns and noisy equipment. It was my Six Flags Over Iowa amusement park. Nobody had more energy or spirit than he did and, for him, work was a joy because it was farming. My Mother, Lena (Steege) James, always said that Uncle Vic was like the Father she lost as a baby. Lyle was like that for many youngsters, too. Whenever we were able to get back home to Iowa for a visit, my husband, Richard, looked forward to a spirited political discussion with him. It didn’t hurt that they were on the same side of the fence. Now we have to say goodbye but our hearts go out to you, Darlene and your wonderful family. In you all, he has left an exceptional legacy. We are thinking of you, as the memories of Lyle come flooding back. We love you. Laura & Richard Casperson & Family Colorado Springs, CO

  3. Darlene and family, I will always remember Lyle hauling hogs into the buying station,always fun to visit with him.

  4. Dorme’ & I would like to express our very sincere condolences to Darlene and also to Lyle’s family. We really cannot state how much it meant to be able to have the good fortune to be with Lyle and Darlene as well as the rest of our cousins recently. The chance to talk with Lyle and reminisce on the family history, about which he was so knowledgeable, could not have been more special. In our thoughts and hearts, Larry & Dorme’ James

  5. I always enjoyed a visit with Lyle when I waited on him at the FSA office. He always had a smile. He was one of our farmers that had a great passion for what did and he couldn’t have been happier……what a lovely memory for his family…..Connie Straw

  6. Darlene & family, Thinking of all during this difficult time. My deepest sympathy to all Lyle’s family.

  7. Darlene and family, Our deepest sympathy. I always enjoyed talking to Lyle. Very kind hearted gentleman. He will be missed. Russell and Nancy Wegner

  8. Darlene and family, Our sincere condolences. Lyle was one of the good ones. I will never forget the ride Lyle and I took over to the hills of Fayette Co. with his trailer loaded with my feeder pigs. He helped get them loaded out of my nursery and then we were off on a pig adventure .He enjoyed the excitement of getting those pigs to their destination. He helped me collect the funds too when we arrived the destination as the buyer turned out to be slippery in his dealings. Ken has many fun memories with Lyle also. He is sure one of a kind. Sincerely, Ken & Sue Benning

  9. Dear Darlene, Marv and Bev, Darrell and Sharon, and Calvin and Janet, and all those wonderful Grand and Great Children: Terry and I wanted to extend our heartfelt sympathy at the death of your Lyle. Now there is a man God broke the mold on. I rarely met a man who treated me so kindly, and helped me learn a lot about farming. Seems I spent a lot of my young life out at the Steege farm, and he always made me feel welcome. As he used to say, I was one of the city boys, but he soon taught me a lot of things, and taught me how to work. I still can’t say I like baling hay, but I learned how. Marv and I have a lifelong friendship. I have to confess once in a while the two of us boys would do something that didn’t quite fit in Lyle’s plan. I remember one afternoon Lyle was taking a little siesta. After a little bit he rose up off the couch like an erupting volcano. What in the world is going on with the pigs, he shouted. He thought it was an animal after them so he grabbed the shotgun on the way out the door. He made a quick run for the pig pasture, only to see Marv and Mark trying to ride the pigs. As soon as we saw him with the shotgun, we figured we maybe should not have been riding them. It put a good scare in this city boy!! At supper all Lyle could do was laugh at us..we didn’t laugh along. But it was a good lesson to us two boys. I learned other things always at the Steege farm. And Lyle and I also have been lifelong friends. He was a patient teacher. He always, always cared about his family, and each of them knew how much he loved them. I also learned that Darlene could really cook!! What more could a person want from such a God loving man. It was for me a great, enduring friendship with a man and his family. This is the kind of man in life that we never forget. God Bless all of Lyle’s family, may you be comforted, and know we will see this great man higher up!! Love you all, Mark and Terry Wenthe

  10. To Lyle’s Family … Hold tight to the memories and treasure them! You have my deepest sympathy and keeping you all in my thoughts & prayers.

  11. So sorry to read of Lyle’s passing-thoughts and prayers are with his family at this sad time. Mike and Nancy (Gitch) Petersen

  12. Our heartfelt sympathy to the family of Lyle Steege. May God comfort you as you grieve his loss. Lance and Jan Manson

  13. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Darlene. May God continue to bless you all. Cousin Alvin (Spark) and Dorothy Nus Hendersonville, NC

  14. Lyle was welcome company when Leon was in Covenant, Darlene had knee replacement and Lyle was staying there with her and I with Leon . We walked the halls together and talked about the world and FBurg. He was so easy and pleasant and comforting, reminded me of my dad.Always was grateful for his presence, so sorry to hear of his passing.,our love and prayers to you all, robbie fye leach and leon leach

  15. Lyle will be greatly missed by so many he was a great man. He has left so many cherished memories and loved ones to carry his memory on. We are so sorry! You all have our deepest sympathy! Prayers,hugs and all our love! Stephen and Shelley Stalder

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