Steven Heller(1954 - 2013)

Steven B. Heller

Steven Bryce Heller was born Nov. 24, 1954 in Faulkton, SD the son of Milton and Arlene Heller. He passed away August 15, 2013 in Sioux Falls.

He was raised on the family farm near Seneca, SD. He spent his summers working on the farm, showing 4-H livestock and playing baseball. In the 7th grade, the wrestling team needed "lightweight" wrestlers, so this was the beginning of the next 10 years of his life. He wrestled on the varsity wrestling team for Faulkton High School for 6 years. He was the state champion in 1972 and runner up in 1971 and 1973. These were also the same years that Faulkton won the State Championships in wrestling. During this time, Steve was able to go to Mexico with a team made up from wrestlers around the state for the SD/Mexico Cultural Exchange Program. Steve continued wrestling varsity for 4 years at USD. During this time Steve had the opportunity to wrestle in Hawaii twice and in numerous other states.

After college, Steve worked for EROS Data Center, Citibank and most recently at Sanford Technical Center.

Steve loved to waterski, scuba dive, ride his motorcycle and fly airplanes. Steve had a huge heart and a gift of gab. He would drop whatever he was doing to help out a friend or a friend of a friend of a friend. He would wave at everyone he drove past on the highway and talked to you if you stopped for a second on the street. Steve loved to learn, he was always reading and researching and wanting to make something work better. Steve's best times were golfing with his buddies, going to NASCAR races and going to airshows.

Steve is survived by his siblings: Craig (Tanya) Heller, Ft. Pierre, Kim Vennard, Sioux Falls, Tom (Judy) Heller, Seneca; 11 nieces and nephews and 7 great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Milton and Arlene Heller.

A prayer service in Sioux Falls will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 20 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, with visitation one hour prior to the service. . A funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, August 22 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Faulkton with burial in the Faulkton City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to a wrestling scholarship in Steve's name that will be established at Faulkton High School.


Published in The Argus Leader on Aug. 18, 2013