Dr. Steven Kammeyer
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KAMMEYER, Dr. Steven

72, passed away April 29, 2020. He was raised in Denison, Iowa, the second child of Armin and Maybelle Kammeyer's four children, and by far the most fun. Steven was born to create! As a child, he worked with his dad on cars and wooden furniture which ultimately led to his winning a scholarship to the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He once pedaled his bicycle from Denison to Chicago, where he drove a bus while studying dentistry. He then traveled to Long Beach, California where he served in the Navy Dental Corps. Throughout his life, he built many astonishing pieces: dozens of rocking chairs from exotic woods; a half pipe for his son; a three-story air-conditioned treehouse for his daughter; a harpsichord; an authentic gypsy caravan and an airplane which he piloted once. He loved music and sang energetically at any opportunity. He redesigned and renovated every house he ever lived in, including his last home.

Steven was an excellent dentist, but most people will remember him for his beautiful creations, foremost among them his children; Grace and Oliver Kammeyer. He lives on in their hearts and in the heart of his wife, Mel Kearney, and his siblings Jerry, Kay and Greg.

Steven was one of the fortunate few who did exactly what he wanted in his 72 years. His family is grateful for his love and drive which left so much beauty in this world he passed through. Due to Covid-19 services will be held at a later date. Arrangements by AVENIDAS CREMATION AND BURIAL.

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Published in Arizona Daily Star on May 13, 2020.
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May 18, 2020
Many years ago I met Dr Kammeyer as my dentist. He was so pleasant & sincere. I was disappointed when he quit the office I used. I always wondered if he ever completed his study of using baking soda with other ingredients as a novocaine. He was blessed with an active & creative mind. May he rest in peace.
May 16, 2020
Steve and Butch graduated together in 1966 from Denison High School. Ten+ years later he was back and practicing dentistry here.

I think of him every day because of a wise decision he made for my dental care. Pregnant with my last child in 1978, I lost part of a major filling. "Hmmm. . ." I remember him musing, "That tooth really needs a crown, but I don't like to do that much anesthesia on a pregnant woman. Let's put a pin in it and fill around that. If you're lucky it will last until after your baby gets here." Well!! Forty-two years later that tooth and that filling are still going strong. I also remember him coming to our 1879 house for a tour and giving him a section of vintage 1940s lineoleum from the dining room. Although we thought it was hideous, Steve loved it.

Our condolences to his wife, children and family. RENEE and BUTCH MILLER
Butch Miller
May 14, 2020
May 14, 2020
Our hearts,love and prayers to you My Dear sister Melanie and to The Kammeyer family. Steven was an amazing spirit and a much loved part of our family. He had an amazing spirit, We truly can say that he probably never met a stranger.. anyone who came in contact with him would agree with that!! God must have needed another Angel and one that knew how to play a good horn!!! Our love and prayers are with you all.
Tony Ferrer
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