James Steuck, 73, of Long Prairie, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in Long Prairie.
He was born Jan. 23, 1944, in St. Paul, to Alvin “Sonny” Steuck and Hattie Zigan. Jim lived with his mother and grandparents on the family farm in Browerville.
He held his grandparents and several aunts and uncles close to his heart, providing care for several of them in their aging years.
In his early education years, Jim attended St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Browerville. From eighth grade through graduation in 1963, he attended Browerville Public School.
While in high school, Jim worked year-round at his step-father’s garage and service station. His first love for vehicles began when he drove a World War II Army jeep around the station. His step-grandfather provided him with a 1949 Ford that he was proud to own after he repaired it.
Jim graduated from Wadena Technical Institute in 1965, with a certificate in auto mechanics. Prior to his graduation, he began employment with Nelson Motor Company in Dassel. Later he was employed with Lundeen Motor Company in Dassel, and Holt Motors, Inc. of Cokato.
For three and one-half years he was employed as a part-time peace officer in Dassel.
Jim married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Garland Nov. 21, 1964. For 31 years, they lived in the Dassel area raising their four children.
In the fall of 1996, they moved to Long Prairie, where Jim enjoyed fishing, hunting, and his continued love for cars.
He will always be remembered for his patience and perseverance through challenging trials he experienced.
Jim is survived by his wife of 52 years, Patricia; his four children, Timothy (Susan) Steuck, Paul Steuck, both of Dassel, Richard Steuck of Henderson, and Deanna (Keith) Ruffing of St. Peter; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He is further survived by a sister, Cheri (Frank) Barthel; and several nieces and nephews.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; step-father; two sisters, Ann George, and Geralyn Klinder; and brother-in-law John Garland.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Tuesday, March 14, at 11 a.m. with Fr. Ken Riedemann officiating.
Arrangements were with the Iten Funeral Home; itenfuneralhome.com.