Stanley J. Steffen, of Luxemburg, died Tuesday, Sept. 29, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Family and friends of Stanley visited 3-7 p.m. Oct. 4, at Kramer Funeral Home, Dyersville. A family prayer service was held at 2:30 p.m. Visitation continued Monday morning at the funeral home prior to funeral services.

To honor Stanley’s life, a mass of Christian Burial was held Oct. 5, at 10:30 a.m., at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Luxemburg, with Father Noah Diehm officiating. After mass, the Steffen funeral procession passed the family farm in route to St. Joseph Cemetery in Farley.

Stanley was born April 10, 1951, in Luxemburg, the son of Julius and Verna Mae (Nurre) Steffen. He married his high school sweetheart, the love of his life, Linda Vorwald, on Oct. 2, 1971, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Holy Cross. Together they farmed the Steffen Family Century farm in Luxemburg, with Stanley overseeing the operations until his final day. He proudly operated John Deere equipment and loved driving his parade tractor on tractorcades.

Stanley was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Family was most important to him. He cherished time spent playing with and watching his children’s and grandchildren’s activities. No matter how busy, he always made time to practice and play a backyard ballgame with his kids. Stanley lived life to the fullest. He would proudly celebrate any small accomplishment or the completion of a day’s work. When not farming or attending his grandchildren’s activities, Stanley could be found watching his beloved St. Louis Cardinals, Iowa Hawkeyes and Old Time Westerns.

Due to their tireless work ethic, Stanley and Linda have supported and encouraged their children to learn and succeed, and for this the children are forever grateful. Stanley’s children are thankful they have been taught what is truly valuable in life and will carry his legacy forward through each and every day.

Those left behind to cherish Stanley’s memory include Linda, his loving wife of 49 years; children: Scott (Peggy) Steffen of Farley, Tim (Ellen) Steffen of Peosta, Carrie (Todd) Horsfield of Farley, Wendi (Marty) Ernzen of Farley, Ken (Kara) Steffen of Peosta and Daniel (Amber) Steffen of Peosta; grandchildren: Addison, Lincoln and Jaelynn Steffen; Max, Carley, Josie and Will Steffen; Claire, Cecelia and Cate Horsfield; Josh, Charlie and Joey Ernzen; Jack, Henry and Brynn Steffen; and Pippa and Reed Steffen.

Also surviving are siblings: Wayne (Debbie) Steffen of Rickardsville, Terry (Kathy) Steffen of Holy Cross, Laura (Loren) Harbaugh of Sanford, Fla., Sam (Pam) Steffen of Peosta and Lois (Denny) Garin of Guttenberg; sister-in-law, Bonnie Steffen of Luxemburg; mother in-law, Dorrie Vorwald of Holy Cross; sisters-in-law, Mari Vorwald of Dyersville and Debbie Then of Holy Cross; and brother-in-law, Donnie (Julie) Vorwald of Holy Cross.

Stanley was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings, Joseph Steffen in infancy and Ronald Steffen; his father-in-law, Eugene Vorwald; and his brothers-in-law, Dave Vorwald, Mark Vorwald and David R. Then.

The pain we feel today is the price of our love.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com.