The Public Visitation Procession for honoring Stuffy on Wednesday morning, May 13th, will meet at the west end of Main Street by FUOSV office building at 11:15 am. The Fairmont Fire Department will organize and lead the Procession that will be starting at 11:30 am.
Delmer “Stuffy” Steffens, 90, of Fairmount, ND, passed away on Friday, May 8, 2020 at Bethany Retirement Living in Fargo, ND. With the current health concerns impacting our country, there will be a private family service held on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at the First English Lutheran Church in Fairmount, followed by a public drive by visitation from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Fairmount City Park by the Veteran’s Memorial. To view the service at 10:00 am through our live stream please go to www.vertinmunson.com. Burial will be held at a later date at Calvary Cemetery, rural Fairmount. Arrangements are entrusted to Vertin-Munson Funeral Home.
Delmer “Stuffy” Steffens was born on October 24, 1929, to Edward and Minnie (Mahler) Steffens near Fairmount, ND. He grew up and attended school in Fairmount, graduating from high school in 1947. After graduating, he worked at various jobs in the area.
In 1951, Stuffy enlisted in the US Army serving in Korea. During this time, he was united in marriage to Leola Gebhart on April 4, 1953, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Fairmount. The couple moved back to Washington state to finish his duty. After serving his country, they moved back to Fairmount where Stuffy worked at Standard Oil and the local movie theatre.
In the early 1960’s, he became the manager at the Farmer’s Union in Fairmount. In 1987, Stuffy and his son, Kirby, started the Steffens Insurance Agency in Fairmount. He worked there until July 31, 2019 due to health reasons. His wife Leola passed away on September 14, 2014.
Stuffy loved the Legion Baseball program and was the caretaker for the teams and the baseball field. He was a 66-year member of the American Legion and started the American Legion breakfast 31 years ago. Stuffy was an ND American Legion and Babe Ruth Baseball Hall of Fame member. He drove school bus for many years and was a 45-year member of the Fairmount Fire Department. Stuffy was also a lifelong member of the 1st English Lutheran Church in Fairmount. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and weekend visits at the lake. Stuffy loved being a grandpa and great-grandpa and being involved in his grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s activities.
In years past, Stuffy decorated beautiful Christmas trees, taking his children’s picture while looking up at the tree. This tradition was rediscovered as of late, when the grandkids, great-grandkids and anyone else who came to be with him for Christmas would take part in the fun.
Stuffy is survived by his loving children, Kirby (Bev) Steffens, Fairmount, Lori (Wayne) Miller, Fairmount, Monty (Joni) Steffens, Randall, MN, and Marty Steffens, Fargo, ND; daughter-in-law, Judy Steffens, Wahpeton; 10, grandchildren; 10, great-grandchildren; sisters, Connie Polifka, Wahpeton, Cleo Myhra, Hermitage, PA, and Cheryl Awe, Amarillo, TX; brother, Terry Steffens, Fairmount, and several cherished nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his devoted wife, Leola Steffens; son, Randy Steffens; parents, Edward and Minnie Steffens; grandsons-in-law, SSG David Kuehl and Trevor Skarphol; brothers, Lowell Steffens and Orman Steffens; and sister, Carol Carraher.
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