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SAM L. STEFFEN, 53, of Bluffton, passed away on the evening of Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, at his residence with many of his family members by his side. Born Oct. 12, 1964, in Bluffton, he was the son of Lenard and Ilean (Geyer) Steffen. Sam married Janelle M. Cook in Fort Wayne on June 30, 1996; she survives. Sam was a 1983 graduate of Bluffton High School and a member of Hope Missionary Church, where he also served as a worship leader. He was a self-employed carpenter who will be remembered for his love of music and poor jokes; such as "Why did the golfer change his socks? He had a hole in one" Sam is also survived by his mother, Ilean Steffen of Bluffton; two sons, Ayden Steffen and Jake Steffen, both of Bluffton; a daughter, Carissa Steffen of Ossian; a granddaughter, Penelopiy Pavlin; and three sisters, Rhonda (Fred Rupel, Denise (Joe) Maller, and Terri (David) Mueller, all of Bluffton. Sam was preceded in death by his father, Lenard Steffen. Service is 3 p.m. Saturday at Hope Missionary Church, 429 E. Dustan Road, Bluffton, (west parking lot and entrance), with visitation two hours prior to the service. Pastor Gary Aupperle and Pastor Steve Clough officiating. Visitation also from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, at the church. Burial will follow the service at Apostolic Christian Cemetery. Arrangements by Goodwin - Cale & Harnish Memorial Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Online condolences may be made at
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Hope Missionary Church
429 E Dustman Rd
Bluffton, IN 46714
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Jan. 19, 2018
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