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14501 North Ih-35, Pflugerville, TX

OBITUARY

Stephen Raymond Gottner

March 21, 1950September 28, 2019
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Stephen Raymond Gottner, beloved husband of Ruth Takeda Gottner, passed away September 28, 2019. He was born in El Paso, Texas, on March 21, 1950. His parents were Raymond Gottner and Mary Maxine Gottner, née Fish. Because of his father’s service in the U.S. Air Force, Steve’s family moved frequently until the family settled in Lincoln, Nebraska, where Steve graduated from St. Pius X High School in the spring of 1968. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in the fall of 1968 and married Janet Pflueger on June 3, 1969. Steve served in Vietnam with the 18th Military Police Brigade, earned recognition as a sharpshooter and marksman during his military service, and attained the rank of sergeant. In the civilian world, he worked in construction, real estate sales, car sales, and insurance sales. He was never a stranger to others because he loved people, had a great sense of humor, and a marvelous gift of gab, whether he was playing poker, talking to clients about a policy or a claim, or simply waiting in line. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing games.

A lifelong Roman Catholic, Steve also loved his faith. He was a long-time parishioner at St. Albert the Great Parish in Austin and was proud to be a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council #10333. He and Ruth met at St. Albert and married on the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe in 2012. Steve’s neurological illness first manifested in 2014 and it became harder and harder for him to talk. His unexpected liver failure in 2016 and subsequent transplant posed new challenges, but even as his illness progressed, he always asked health care providers where they were from and enjoyed hearing the varied answers to that simple question.

Both of Steve’s parents preceded him in death. Janet died in 2009, followed by Steve’s eldest daughter Karen Gottner in April 2019. He is survived by his siblings Martin (Gail) Gottner in Palos Heights, Illinois; Mary Anne (Jim) Zitterkopf in Cibolo, Texas; John (Debbie) Gottner in Omaha, Nebraska; Eileen Truan in Round Rock, Texas; Linda (Tim) Olivetti in Lincoln, Nebraska; Michael (Sandy) Gottner in Pflugerville, Texas; and Deborah Gottner in Cibolo, Texas; by his children Stephen (Meriel) Gottner, Susan Mroz, David (Crystal) Gottner, and Beth Gottner; by his grandchildren Robert, Chase, Joseph, Steven, Karissa, Cameryn, Chasmine, Wendy, Luis, Katie, Alyssa, Marlie, Brandon, Lilly, Khalia, and Michael; and by his great-grandchildren Gabriel, Tucker, and Luca.

Steve’s love, humor, generosity, and warmth will be sadly missed. His bravery and positive outlook during his long illness was remarkable, especially when his ability to communicate eventually deserted him.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice Austin, 4107 Spicewood Spring Road, Suite 100, Austin Texas 78759, www.hospiceaustin.org, or to The Brookwood Community, 1752 FM 1489, Brookshire, Texas 77423, www.brookwoodcommunity.org.

  • FAMILY

  • Both of Steve’s parents preceded him in death. Janet died in 2009, followed by Steve’s eldest daughter Karen Gottner in April 2019.

    He is survived by his siblings Martin (Gail) Gottner in Palos Heights, Illinois; Mary Anne (Jim) Zitterkopf in Cibolo, Texas; John (Debbie) Gottner in Omaha, Nebraska; Eileen Truan in Round Rock, Texas; Linda (Tim) Olivetti in Lincoln, Nebraska; Michael (Sandy) Gottner in Pflugerville, Texas; and Deborah Gottner in Cibolo, Texas; by his children Stephen (Meriel) Gottner, Susan Mroz, David (Crystal) Gottner, and Beth Gottner; by his grandchildren Robert, Chase, Joseph, Steven, Karissa, Cameryn, Chasmine, Wendy, Luis, Katie, Alyssa, Marlie, Brandon, Lilly, Khalia, and Michael; and by his great-grandchildren Gabriel, Tucker, and Luca.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Stephen P. Gottner
  • David Gottner
  • Robert Luna
  • Chase Lakin
  • Joseph Hernandez
  • Stevie Hernandez
  • Luis Rios

Services

8 November

Urn Placement Service

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery

1520 Harry Wurzbach Road
San Antonio, Texas 78209

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Thursday, October 10, 2019
  • Rosary Service Thursday, October 10, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, October 11, 2019

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Michelle Roebuck

October 10, 2019

No matter how badly he might have felt, Steve was always sure to flash a warm smile. He will be greatly missed at St. Alberts. Our love and prayers to Ruth and all other family members.

Linda Siderius

October 10, 2019

Ruth: You are in my thoughts and prayers as you walk along this journey of transition with new beginnings. Memories of the time you had with Stephen will be a comfort along the way. Wrap yourself in love from family and friends. Lots of love and hugs - Linda Siderius

Hope Martinez-Carter

October 7, 2019

David Webster

October 3, 2019

We will miss Steve so much, a Grand Spirit and stead fast friend indeed. He was an inspiration to many Knights and when he dedicated himself to a task, it was always a huge success. I went through the 2nd and 3rd degree with Steve, he took a bullet for me when when the presenter asked a question in our general direction, Steve stood up and had the answer, I would have failed miserably. May God grant him eternal rest.

Karon Nichols

October 1, 2019

Steve’s big smile , when he had a new joke to share with me . I imagine he is sharing all of them with friends who were waiting for him. He will be missed.
Much love and prayers to Ruth and all his family.

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Biography

Stephen Raymond Gottner, beloved husband of Ruth Takeda Gottner, passed away September 28, 2019. He was born in El Paso, Texas, on March 21, 1950. His parents were Raymond Gottner and Mary Maxine Gottner, née Fish. Because of his father’s service in the U.S. Air Force, Steve’s family moved frequently until the family settled in Lincoln, Nebraska, where Steve graduated from St. Pius X High School in the spring of 1968. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in the fall of 1968 and married Janet Pflueger on June 3, 1969. Steve served in Vietnam with the 18th Military Police Brigade, earned recognition as a sharpshooter and marksman during his military service, and attained the rank of sergeant. In the civilian world, he worked in construction, real estate sales, car sales, and insurance sales. He was never a stranger to others because he loved people, had a great sense of humor, and a marvelous gift of gab, whether he was playing poker, talking to clients about a policy or a claim, or simply waiting in line. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing games.

A lifelong Roman Catholic, Steve also loved his faith. He was a long-time parishioner at St. Albert the Great Parish in Austin and was proud to be a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council #10333. He and Ruth met at St. Albert and married on the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe in 2012. Steve’s neurological illness first manifested in 2014 and it became harder and harder for him to talk. His unexpected liver failure in 2016 and subsequent transplant posed new challenges, but even as his illness progressed, he always asked health care providers where they were from and enjoyed hearing the varied answers to that simple question.

Both of Steve’s parents preceded him in death. Janet died in 2009, followed by Steve’s eldest daughter Karen Gottner in April 2019. He is survived by his siblings Martin (Gail) Gottner in Palos Heights, Illinois; Mary Anne (Jim) Zitterkopf in Cibolo, Texas; John (Debbie) Gottner in Omaha, Nebraska; Eileen Truan in Round Rock, Texas; Linda (Tim) Olivetti in Lincoln, Nebraska; Michael (Sandy) Gottner in Pflugerville, Texas; and Deborah Gottner in Cibolo, Texas; by his children Stephen (Meriel) Gottner, Susan Mroz, David (Crystal) Gottner, and Beth Gottner; by his grandchildren Robert, Chase, Joseph, Steven, Karissa, Cameryn, Chasmine, Wendy, Luis, Katie, Alyssa, Marlie, Brandon, Lilly, Khalia, and Michael; and by his great-grandchildren Gabriel, Tucker, and Luca.

Steve’s love, humor, generosity, and warmth will be sadly missed. His bravery and positive outlook during his long illness was remarkable, especially when his ability to communicate eventually deserted him.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice Austin, 4107 Spicewood Spring Road, Suite 100, Austin Texas 78759, www.hospiceaustin.org, or to The Brookwood Community, 1752 FM 1489, Brookshire, Texas 77423, www.brookwoodcommunity.org.