James C. Steen, 70, of Brookings, passed away Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at Sanford USD Medical Center, in Sioux Falls.
A memorial visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, at Rude’s Funeral Home in Brookings. Graveside services will be held at First Lutheran Cemetery following the visitation.
Memorials may be directed to the Shriner’s Children Hospital, Children’s Miracle Network or Make A Wish South Dakota.
James Charles Steen was born on May 20, 1949, in Brookings, the son of Earnest and Sylvia (Berkland) Steen. He attended Trygstad School in Moody County and graduated from Brookings High School in 1967. He went on to receive his Bachelor’s Degree from Southern State College at Springfield, SD. He worked at Chuck Rogers Chevrolet in Tekamah, NE. Jim went on to teach at Redwood Falls, MN. He then began working at 3M in 1975 until his retirement.
Jim had a passion for cars and tractors. Over the years he restored and sold many vehicles. Jim took great pride in his community and was always trying to make an impact on young people’s lives.
Through this, he was able to make a lifelong friendship with Greg Redenius. During the winters, he loved to head down to his home in Mission, TX. He was a member of the Brookings Area Corvette Club, Masons and Shriners. When he wasn’t working on cars, he was having coffee with his friends.
Jim is survived by his very special son, Greg (Carissa) Redenius, and their children, Austin, Kayla, Brynlee and Everly, of Brookings, SD; his siblings, Earnest W. (Susan) Steen, of Parkview, MO, Elizabeth ‘Betty’ (Richard) Luebke, of Parkston, SD, Susan (Wayne) Tatro, of White Lake, SD, and John (Peggy) Steen, of Brookings, SD; nieces and nephews, Bonnie (John) Stafford, of Mission, KS, Julie Luebke, of Baltic, SD, Eric Steen, of Kansas City, MO, Tamara (Jared) Shaw, of Sioux Falls, SD, and Lara Steen, of Sioux Falls, SD; great nephews, Weston and Joseph Shaw, of Sioux Falls, SD; great niece, Karina Stafford, of Mission, KS; and all of his many friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Condolences may be sent to the family through www.rudesfuneralhome.com.