Steve Heller, 64, joined his dad in heaven on a beautiful sunset evening. He died at his home on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, of a cardiac incident. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A graveside funeral service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, in the Marengo Cemetery with the Rev. Andrew Gray officiating.
On March 30, 1952, Steve was born in Cedar Rapids, the son of Wes and Marietta (Seckel) Heller. He was baptized April 27, 1952, by the Rev. Spitz at the old St. John's Lutheran Church on Hilton Street. On April 3, 1966, Steve was confirmed by the Rev. Discher at St. John's Lutheran Church on Court Avenue.
In 1970, Steve graduated from Iowa Valley High School, where he participated in basketball, football and band. He was also involved in the Iowa County Underwater Search and Rescue Team. Following graduation from UNI in 1974, he pursued scuba diving interests. He enjoyed underwater photography classes and Caribbean trips. Later he attended commercial diving school in Fort Pierce, Fla. His work took him to oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Upon returning to Marengo, he worked at Greater Buffalo Press, Kinze Manufacturing and the city of Marengo.
Steve was a soft-spoken man who enjoyed quiet time in the outdoors. He was an avid hunter and shared this interest with his children and close friends. He explored culinary interests and enjoyed processing wild game. He also enjoyed family gatherings at his parents' home on the hill.
He was preceded in death by his dad, on Aug. 21, 2016; and his grandparents.
He is survived by his son, Blake; daughter, Lisa; and mother, Marietta, all of Marengo; grandchildren, Maddex and Easton; sister, Lynette (Wilfred) Karsten of Moline, Ill.; nieces, Anna Karsten and Rachel (Matthew) Gerhardt; and friend, Melanie Henley.
A memorial fund has been established. Kloster Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be left at www.klosterfuneralhome.com.