Lester A. (Bud) Steffen


March 18, 1922 - December 22, 2012




Lester Arthur Steffen was born March 18, 1922 to Otto and Emma (Kettlehut) Steffen at White Lake.  He was baptized and confirmed at Saint John’s Lutheran Church, rural White Lake.  He attended Saint John’s Christian grade school, high school in White Lake and Stickney and graduated from Canistota High School in 1940.

He farmed all his life on the family farm south of White Lake.  He held many offices in the Trinity Lutheran Church of White Lake, served as a school board member, was the Gales Township Treasurer for many years, served on the Aurora County weed board, was a Sexton for the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, served on the Aurora-Brule Nursing Home board and was an avid fisherman and hunter.

He married Yvonne Walz at Redeemer Lutheran Church of Armour on February 11, 1956.  To this union were born five children. 

Survivors include his wife, Yvonne of fifty-six years; his daughter, Barbara (Ron) Bell, Sioux Falls; sons:  Ronald (Dona) Steffen, White Lake, Bruce (Cindy) Steffen, Bridgewater MA and Douglas, Sioux Falls; his sisters, Helen (Jerry) Allen and Florence Jakeman, Hemet, CA; sisters and brothers-in-law:  Joan (Lee) Lyman, Sandpoint, ID; Gleni (John) McQuade, San Juan Capistrano, CA, Elly McMullen, Portland, OR; six grandchildren, Ross and Rachel Bell, Kristen and Kelli Steffen and Tara and Joshua Steffen and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, Richard, sisters:  Leone (John) Schlueter, Alvina (George) Stahr, Donna (Arnold) Jensen, Agnes (Maynard) Grapentine; brothers:  Wilmer (Suzy and Marion) Steffen and Leonard Steffen.


Wednesday, December 26, 2012
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Trinity Lutheran Church
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
White Lake, South Dakota


Thursday, December 27, 2012
10:30 AM
Trinity Lutheran Church
White Lake, South Dakota


Trinity Lutheran Cemetery
White Lake, South Dakota

Posted by Cindy Steffen Mader on January 29, 2013
With deep sympathy. I know we are not close but we are still family. My heart goes out to Yvonne and family. May God Bless You and provide comfort for you.
Posted by Curt and Kathy Guindon on December 28, 2012
So sorry for your loss.. "Lucky Lester" was one of a kind! Have so many great memories of him and the bowlers... Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Posted by Chuck and Sue Faulhaber Family on December 26, 2012
Our deepest sympathy to you all at this time, We have several great memories of Bud and look at the legacy he has left here with us. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Val & Dawn Luckett on December 26, 2012
Our Thoughts and Prayers to all of you... Bud will be greatly missed
Posted by Bev Beckmann Mach on December 26, 2012
Our deepest sympathy to you family. Our thoughts are with you during this time.
Posted by Shelly Thiry-Hansen on December 25, 2012
I'm so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Posted by Patty Surat on December 24, 2012
My deepest sympathy to you Yvonne and your family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless.
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