Steven Alan Fenske (1955 - 2013)

Obituary
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Steven Alan Fenske of Wakarusa, Kan., died Monday May 13th, 2013 at the age of 58. ?? Cremation has taken place. An all-day celebration of Steve's life will take place at his shop in Tire Building 1 at Heartland Park Topeka racetrack, Topeka, Kan., on Saturday June 1, 2013 with a lunch at 12:00 Noon. Penwell-Gable Funeral Home in Topeka, Kan., is in charge of the arrangements.
Steve was born in Audubon, on Jan. 1, 1955 to David and Arlene (Jensen) Fenske. ??He graduated from Audubon High School in 1973. He married Sherry Akers on Aug. 10, 1974 in a ceremony in the back yard of his parents' house in Audubon.?? In the mid-1980s, Steve combined his passions of working as a mechanic and road racing sports cars when he started his business Midwest Sports Racing in Papillion, Neb. After many successful years, he decided to move the business to Osage City, Kan., in 1992 in order to be more centrally located to serve his customers. It was at this time that he changed the name to Midwest Spec Racer. The business remained there until 2005 when he moved to Topeka, Kan., where it remained until his passing. Through the forming of this business and his involvement in the SCCA, he started many relationships that lasted his lifetime.?? Steve was at his best when it came to anything mechanical. Never satisfied with a race car that was "good enough," he designed and built his own prototype race car from the ground up and named it the Fenske G2.??
Steve was preceded by his father, David Fenske and his beloved "Bro" Rufus. ??
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Alissa and Kendall Smith of Shawnee, Kan.; Sherry (Akers) Fenske of Ross; his mother Arlene Fenske-Koons of Audubon; his brother Craig Fenske of Las Cruces, N.M.; his sister Dona Nixon of Yachats, Ore.; nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends too numerous to list in this obituary.?? ??
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Helping Hands Humane Society, 5720 SW 21st Street, Topeka, KS 66604. ??
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Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from May 24 to May 31, 2013