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“A little late with the sincere condolences JoMay, but thinking of you & just wanted to keep in touch. Book Club continues to be interesting & new...Read More »
1 of 21 | Posted by: Jean Vesely - Rapid City, SD

“Jomay, We were sorry to hear about your dads passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Roy and Sharon Boschee ”
2 of 21 | Posted by: Roy and Sharon Boschee - SD

“Will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. ”
3 of 21 | Posted by: Ethane and Donna Reed - SD

“Jomay, my heartfelt condolences to you and your family. I am thinking of you today and sending you some prayers. Love ya! ”
4 of 21 | Posted by: Jo Sanders - Aberdeen, SD

“LouAnn, Jomay and families, I am sorry for your loss. I wish you peace. ”
5 of 21 | Posted by: Cindy Escott - Faith, SD

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you guys during this time. Lots of my childhood memories contain Jr in them... from fireworks, to card parties, to...Read More »
6 of 21 | Posted by: Amber (Chalmers) Amdahl - Milbank, SD

“Jomay, Louann and Family--I am so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Please know that I am thinking of all of you during this sad time and hoping...Read More »
7 of 21 | Posted by: Colleen Gustafson - Rapid City, SD

“Jomay - So sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Deepest sympathy and many condolences. Pauline Webb ”
8 of 21 | Posted by: Pauline Webb - Eagle Butte, SD

“Our thoughts & prayers are with you all. We are so very sorry for your loss. ”
9 of 21 | Posted by: Brian & Darci Harper - Friend

“Jomay and LouAnn, We were so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. It is always difficult to lose a parent. Our prayers and sympathy go...Read More »
10 of 21 | Posted by: Dave and Sonja Gebhart - Faith, SD

“JoMay and LouAnn and families, we are so sorry to hear of the loss of Junior, he was such a kind caring person who always loved life and being...Read More »
11 of 21 | Posted by: Bob & Joanne (Keegan) Silbernagel - SD

“I am sorry for your loss. I know from Bobbi that he was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed. I was lucky enough to have met him a couple of...Read More »
12 of 21 | Posted by: Carrie Stadheim - Reeder, ND

“Jomay, I am so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. I hope your memories bring comfort. ”
13 of 21 | Posted by: Jill Callison - Sioux Falls, SD

“Jomay and Lou Anne & families, thinking of you on this sad note. Jr. always had a smile and stopped to visit, will miss him. Diane & Raymond Isaacs ”
14 of 21 | Posted by: Diane Isaaacs - Faith, SD

“My Uncle came off as a gruffy old fart who spooked me as a kid, but i knew him to also to be a kind hearted man. whether he was getting on me for...Read More »
15 of 21 | Posted by: Dana Cook - Rosebud, SD - Nephew

“LouAnn - so very sorry to hear about your Dad. Sending my prayers for peace and comfort to all your family. May God bless and be your strength...Read More »
16 of 21 | Posted by: Kathy Burgee McPherson - Sturgis, SD

“My deepest sympathy to the family. My dad Dean Vetter asked me to also send his condolences Jonah and LouAnn. May the Lord hold you tight through...Read More »
17 of 21 | Posted by: Velva(Vetter) Retzlaff - Newell, SD

“Jomay, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Please accept my condolences and extend them to your family. All the best, Shirley ”
18 of 21 | Posted by: Shirley Ragsdale - Rowlett, TX

“Junior was the softest hearted uncle we grew up with although he faked us out with the gruff voice when we may have strayed out of the circle. He...Read More »
19 of 21 | Posted by: NanCee Maynard - Box Elder, SD

“To the Steen families..Please know we are thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers of the loss of Jr. Sincerely, Gordie,Kathy and Stacy Collins ”
20 of 21 | Posted by: Gordie and Kathy Collins - Faith, SD

“Dear Jomay and Family, I am so sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. It is not easy to lose someone we love so dearly. I know you will...Read More »
21 of 21 | Posted by: DeVonne Schuh - Mobridge,, SD


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Longtime Faith area rancher and beekeeper, Albert Steen Jr., 88, died peacefully in his sleep in the early morning hours of February 10, 2013 at the Fort Meade VA Hospital near Sturgis, SD.

Service of Remembrance will be Friday, February 15, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the Fort Meade Chapel at Fort Meade, SD. Rev. Harold Delbridge will officiate and inurnment of Albert's and his wife Lila's ashes will be at 2:30 p.m. at the Black Hills National Cemetery south of Sturgis, SD.

Albert was born the youngest of five boys to Albert and Elizabeth (Heiner) Steen on January 19, 1925 at the Steen homestead cabin southeast of Faith, SD. He attended various country schools in Ziebach County. Junior was the only son to graduate with the class of 1943 from Faith High School. He helped his family herd sheep, raise cattle and break horses.

Junior herded about 1200 sheep with his brothers Charles and Eugene throughout the winters, springs and falls of 1943, 1944 and 1945 near present day Takini School. With a remuda of two horses, several sheepdogs and a sheep wagon about the size of a small car, the three brothers spent their days on the prairies. It was here that Junior began to sharpen his culinary skills. He was often in charge of the chow line and he developed an appreciation for cooking.

He enlisted in the US Army in April of 1946 and spent the next 18 months during WWII at bases in Califonia, Montana and Arkansas. He did clerical work at the bases in California often as paymaster. Junior was honorably discharged in 1947.

Junior met Lila Knight in 1949 at a dance in Red Scaffold. They were married on September 13, 1951 before a Justice of the Peace in Rapid City. Together they moved next door to his parents on the homestead and began ranching.

He worked several years for Jim and Ethel Keegan's dirt moving operation as a cat skinner. He also helped his father-in-law Wally Knight with his dirt moving business, as well.

In 1979 he began his beekeeping career with Lawrence Steen and Alan Fowler. He set up bee yards within his own cattle range and over most of western Ziebach County. Junior extracted honey at Alan Fowler's plant in Faith until he built his own plant in 1983. He sold his honey to Dutch Gold.

Junior retired from the bee business in 1989, but extracted for several more years. In 1994 he bought a small herd of cows that he watched over for years as a pet project. He was a member of the Red Scaffold Volunteer Fire Department, the American Legion, Faith Stock Show and Rodeo Association, Sheep Growers Association and was a storm watcher for the National Weather Service.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, good stories, coffee, the Faith News, travelling, his dogs and cats and card playing with the Chalmers family. His greatest pleasure was being on the ranch and cooking supper for his grandson, Chris, no matter how late it was.
Junior was preceded in death by his wife Lila of 57 years, his parents, Albert Sr. and Elizabeth, his brothers, Arnold, Charles, Gene and Lawrence, his sisters-in-law, Verna and Florence Steen and Marjory Knight and his brothers-in-law, Jess Knight and Luther Knight.

Grateful for having shared in his life are his daughter, LouAnn Steen of Faith, SD and Jomay Steen of McLaughlin, SD, his grandchildren, Bobbi (Mark) Misar, Christopher and Eugene Steen and great grandchildren, Jase, Lani and Marty Misar, sisters-in-law, Edith Knight of Cherry Creek, Nadine Cook of Covelo, CA and Mary Ann Knight of Eagle Butte, SD and Helene Steen of Rapid City, SD, brothers-in-law, Stanley Cook of Covelo, CA and Doug Knight of Dupree, SD and numerous nieces and nephews.