Eric M.-Steffeney-Obituary

Staff Sgt. Eric M. Steffeney

Waterloo, Iowa

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Eric M. Steffeney was always curious about how things worked. As a boy, he took his bicycle apart; as a soldier, he disarmed explosive devices. "He was interested in everything," Annette Crowe said about her son. Steffeney, 28, of Waterloo, Iowa, died Feb. 23 when an explosive detonated in Tuz. He was based at Fort Bragg. In high school, Steffeney worked hard in class and on the school's football team. "I remember he was a good student, and more importantly, a good person," said Bob Weaton, Steffeney's former football coach and government teacher. Jamie Forsythe, one of Steffeney's childhood friends, said they spent hours together fishing for catfish on the Cedar River. One year, when the boys were about 13, they built a three-level tree fort in Forsythe's yard, he said. "It took us the whole summer," he said. Steffeney, a tall, stocky man, loved fishing, hunting and reading, his family said. He taught his children about gun safety and took the oldest two hunting for squirrel and deer. He is survived by his wife, Theresa, children Benjamin, 13, Dennis, 6, and Caitlin, 11.

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Theresa and family, I cant even begin to know what you all have gone through and continue to go through. I know Eric watches down on you all and smiles. I only met him one time and Ill never forget how he was telling me all about the Army and I started telling him about the Marine Corps. It was like we got into a little competition. LoL We went back and forth. Now, that I think about it today, I laugh about how we both were goating each other and trying to prove one was better than the other....

Love to you Eric May you be having the best life with the Lord.

What a sacrifice that Eric made for us! He was a brave man. I honor his memory and the continuing sacrifice the family has to make as they have to live on without him.

I still don't believe he is gone and it has been 15 years. He had such an infectious smile. It did not matter the day we were having in Iraq, he had a way of making you forget all your worries.

I miss you everyday... i love you, so much daddy. I always will. Thank you, for being the dad you didnt have to be. Forever my hero..

Thinking of you today Annette and family. Thank you Eric for your bravery! God Bless!!!

Eric was my son-in-law, he was married to my youngest daughter Theresa, but he was more like a son to me and my husband, he is missed every day

To the Steffeney Family, I still remember hanging out with Eric between missions and during radio check-ins. I will never forget the friend I made while in Iraq. He was the last person I saw before I flew out of Iraq. Miss you Bro!!!!

To the family of Staff Sgt. Eric M. Steffeney:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Christian Memorial Day Remembrance worship service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, 26 May 2013. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the bordering states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden”...