Stevan Richard Haiflich
July 13, 1948 – October 5, 2019
Stevan Richard Haiflich Announcement of Death
Reverend Stevan “Steve” Richard Haiflich, 71, passed away in his Chicago home and went peacefully to Heaven on October 5, 2019, after a four-month illness of cancer. Steve’s life was defined by his commitment and love of his family and his marriage to Lynette (Lanzer) Haiflich. He leaves behind two sons: Philip (Heidi) Haiflich and their children Logan, Connor and Gavin of Fort Wayne, Indiana; Andrew Haiflich (Lauren) and their children Hanna and Addison of Hooper, Utah; his stepson David (Robin) Lanzer and their children Jackson and Amelia of Beverly Hills, California; a sister, Karen (Haiflich) Reinhard of Bluffton, Indiana; and sister-in-law Marcy (Lanzer) Nighswander of Athens, Ohio. “Pastor Steve” was born in Bluffton, Indiana on July 13, 1948, to Dorma (Hoopingarner) and Richard Haiflich who preceded him in death. Steve graduated from Taylor University with a B.A. in Biblical Literature and Asbury Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity. As a United Methodist clergy, he was appointed by the Bishop and served as a pastor for 30 years in churches in the Indiana and Kentucky Conferences. He was a president of the Ministries of Rural Chaplains national organization. Steve served on many church mission trips to foreign countries. Steve will also be remembered for his outgoing personality, big heart, sense of humor and his contagious smile. After retirement Steve and Lynette moved to Chicago where he enjoyed the Chicago Cubs and Blackhawks, attending World Series games, opening day and spring training. He was Santa Claus for charities, Macy’s on State Street and was the city of Chicago’s Santa Claus at the annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. Steve enjoyed travel and exploring new places with Lynette and family, with trips and extended stays in England, Paris, their anniversary in Prague, and lived for a time in Southern California where they enjoyed walking the Huntington Beach pier and watching the sunsets. One of Steve’s cherished family traditions was the annual Thanksgiving and Christmas kick-off, when his children and grandchildren in Indiana, Utah and California joined in Chicago at the Palmer House to enjoy holiday activities in the Windy City. A private family celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Those wishing to sign the guest book may do so online at www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/chicago-il/stevan-haiflich-8881375. Memorials may be made in his name to the following cancer research organizations: Team Bright Side to fund cutting edge pediatric cancer research for new immunotherapy treatments for children at teambrightside.com; and the Jimmy V Foundation that awards cancer research grants at v.org.
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Stevan Richard Haiflich
Paula Young Mayberry
October 23, 2019
I was sorry to hear of Steve's passing. We were students together at Taylor University and then colleagues serving churches in Indiana United Methodist congregations. Praying for God's blessings for you as you celebrate Steve's life. Rev. Paula Young Mayberry
October 17, 2019
Wayne and I would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Steve's family. Steve was a member of our tiny Liberty Center class of 1966. Always remembered his birthday, it was 2 days after mine. He had a great family and lived his "short" life to the fullest We will be thinking about the family during this sad time. Cynthia McElhaney Monticue
October 15, 2019
So sorry to hear of Steve's passing on. My heart aches with you.
October 14, 2019
I have know the Haiflich family for decades and I am so much better for having known them. In the late 60's Steve visited me at Taylor University and stayed in my dorm room for the youth Christian weekend. I knew then that he would become a very fine adult and I am really glad to see that he made so much at being a great man. My heartfelt sympathy go out to his sister and the rest of the surviving Haiflich family and I know you all are so proud of having such a good man as your brother or nephew. May God take this man to be at His right side for eternity.
October 11, 2019
Enjoyed just being around Steve (and Lynette) faces lit up as they talked about family, grandkids, fun times with them. Leaving a great legacy Steve. God bless.
October 10, 2019
When Steve left Akron for the Chicago, he was notably upset that he didn’t have a home for his concrete pig, the Reverend Charlie Hog ... he wears a collar and roots out sin. I asked if I could take care of him. So thrilled that I would offer, Steve gave me detailed instructions for his care and moved him to the front corner of my house. I have neglected Charlie Hog somewhat but it never fails that children walking down the sidewalk always notice the pig on Rochester Street. We have since acquired two smaller pigs when they were left after the funeral of our town Superintendent. Steve, who baptized my son, Tom, returned to Akron in 2017 to attend his graduation party ... because that was Steve’s way.
We will miss your laugh.
October 10, 2019
Pastor Steve married David and I on May 16, 1998 while serving at Maple Grove in Corunna, IN. He was such a great man. I lost contact with him but searched for him often when I got word that he was Santa in Chicago. The news of his passing truly breaks my heart.
RIP Pastor Steve.