Crosby Burket Swanson Golden Funeral Home

11902 W Center Road, Omaha, NE


Steven C. Raphael

October 8, 1964June 13, 2019

Steven C. Raphael, age 54, of Omaha, Nebraska died of leukemia on June 13th, 2019 at the Buffet Cancer Center. He was surrounded by close family and friends. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth, three daughters, Nicole, Alicia and Joslyn, son-in-law Matthew, brothers, Michael and David, nephew, Phoenix, niece, Echo and grandsons, Sebastian and Theodore.

Steven was the son of the late Myron and Dian (Sarken) Raphael. He was born and raised in San Mateo, California. During his youth, he was lead singer of a rock band, learned to play and later master the piano and loved by many friends. He was a talented, creative man who never stopped making art. After many years of moving and living in Los Angeles, he moved to Omaha, Nebraska.

He was a respected piano teacher with the ability to teach a number of other instruments. Throughout the years, he wrote countless original musical pieces, played at many events, and shared his love of music with many. Steven had many interests including memorizing the Bible, engaging in conversation with strangers who’d later become friends, and learning something new everyday.

Travel was something Steven enjoyed as well. The last few trips he embarked on was visiting family in Michigan, enjoying the white sandy beaches of Florida with his wife and spending quality time with his brother and family in California.

Steven was a man of respect and dignity who could make the most unhappy person laugh. He will be remembered as a man who loved to live his life to the absolute fullest everyday.


  • Visitation Wednesday, June 19, 2019
  • Memorial Celebration of Life Wednesday, June 19, 2019


Steven C. Raphael

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Derron Santin

October 3, 2019

Platform shoes,
Striped bell bottoms,
Untamed curly hair,
Not a care for what others thought about him,
Up for fun,
A performer in every way,
And a beautiful smile to go with it all.
Unusual and inspirational.
Quite a dude.

Renee Mills

September 25, 2019

I just found out that Steven passed away 2 days after my birthday I feel like I have known him my whole life but got to know him through OMAD group I am so sorry for his family He will be missed

Natalie Jones

June 23, 2019

As much as I don’t care for Facebook if it wasn’t for FB Steven and I would have never crossed paths. We met through a OMAD FB Group and been friends ever since. He is part of the reason I had such great success on my own weight loss journey. I really adored him as a human, he was so kind and always had nothing but encouragement for me. I feel really blessed to be able to say that I knew him even though we never met he had a big impact on my life in a very short time.

Loraine Bonham

June 20, 2019

Dearest Nicole,
Blessed are you to have had such a dad ! Someone that inspired you obviously to pursue your own passions. I am certain he will be missed by many as he will also be remembered often and fondly by just as many ! Although I never had the pleasure of meeting him, I believe his spirit of light shines through your eyes.

Brigette (Sweet) Spangenberg

June 19, 2019

Steve was my lifelong best friend. I met him when I was about 15 years old and he was around 17. He was my Sister, Elycia's, first boyfriend. He later named his daughter, Alicia, after my sister. Steven and I spent every single day together. Going to our favorite place, Pizza and Pipes in Redwood City, Ca where I lived. We went to the 3 dollar movies in Belmont once a week. We hung put with his parents Myron and Dian a lot. We walked around feeling sad and laughing at the fact that his brother Mike aka Nikki Love and My sister Elycia Sweet, were just too cool and we were geeks. So we intensified our geekiness and relished in it. We went and played piano and sang Gershwin at Senior Centers and always got a standing ovation there. So we realized we were loved. He was my hero and I was his. He understood me completely and I understood him. He was tge funniest person I have ever know. Life without him is a lot less colorful. A lot more boring and empty. I love you forever

Brandon Wingett

June 18, 2019

Steven was one of my first piano teachers and taught me the love of music. I attribute him to my future of being part of the High School Marching Band, competing in Piano competitions, music scholarships in college and playing "Taps" at many military funerals. His love of music and the ability to make it fun is what started it all for me.

Joslyn Raphael

June 18, 2019

My dad was my best friend, he was my hero. He saved my life multiple times through out my life. I wouldn't be the person who I am today without him. I may have not have had him my entire life because I was given up for adoption but im glad I had him for this last year and a half. He was truly one of a kind. I love you dad, rest with the ease knowing that I love you, until we meet again dad.

Annette Schneider

June 18, 2019

I meet Steven 18 years ago and the best gift he gave me was a daughter named Joslyn (the greatest contribution to this world). Although we both were in a different place at that time and chose adoption for her, we were both committed to being a part of her life. Rest in peace, Steven.

Stacy Rath

June 17, 2019

I met Steven when attending Christ Community Church in Omaha, Nebraska. We spent a lot of time together and he was the one that inspired me to be an artist. I live in Los Angeles now. Looking back, he had prepared me for my life here. I'm writing this with much indebted gratitude to him, but also with great sadness and tears. He was ONE OF A KIND, special and a very talented individual. REST IN PEACE, my dear artist friend. Stacy.

Amy Feidler

June 17, 2019

I met Steve several years ago through a church friend. He was always friendly and kind- hearted. I enjoyed hearing him play piano in the Westroads food court, on a local tv station, and most recently Von Maur. He used his musical talents to inspire and bring enjoyment to others. Now you can make music with the angels. Thank you, Steve. You are missed by many.