RAYMOND EMIL STEFFES, 91 LENA - Raymond Emil Steffes, 91, of Lena, formerly of Massbach, IL, passed away on January 9, 2014, at the Lena Living Center. He was born February 5, 1922, in Derinda Township near Massbach, son of Fred and Clara (Mattke) Steffes. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Massbach. Raymond attended the Mt. Rose country school. On January 1, 1944, Raymond married Florence Musser at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Massbach. They had just celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. They farmed most of their married life in the Massbach area. He also worked at the Elizabeth Sales Barn and enjoyed working with both the cattle and area farmers. He enjoyed farm life and was proud of his AC-D14 tractor. He also enjoyed helping in the garden and playing 500 with card club. In 2010, he and Florence moved to the Lena Living Center and bingo became his new favorite game. He is survived by his wife; one daughter, Peggy (Ronald) Beyer; one son, James (Mildred) Steffes; grandchildren, Daniel Beyer, Lynnell Beyer, Benjamin (Danyel) Steffes; and a great-granddaughter, Izabella May Steffes. Other survivors are Dennis (Jane) and Darcy Steffes, a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, R. Earl and Mildred Farringer and sister-in-law, Ellinoir Musser. He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter, Patsy; his brother, LeVere; and brother-in-law, Ora Musser. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, January 13, at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Massbach. There will be a visitation before the service beginning at 10 a.m. Burial will be at St. Johns Lutheran Cemetery in Massbach. Condolences may be sent to the family at hermannfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The Journal-Standard from Jan. 10 to Jan. 11, 2014