Phoenix Memorial Park & Mortuary

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Steve Ohrns

December 22, 1946January 7, 2020

In Honor of Steve Ohrns

Born: December 22, 1946 in Denver, Colorado Passed away: January 7, 2020 Glendale, Az Graveside Service: January 15, 2020

Steve Ohrns was born on December 22, 1946 to Evelyn and Clarence Ohrns in Littleton, Co. After High School he attended FT Lewis College in Durango, Colorado where he played college football and wrestled. Steve would meet and marry his college sweetheart, Carol Gilmer of Farmington, NM. Our parents raised three children- Edward Ohrns (wife Kasey, children Caroline and Camden), Candace Hess (husband Doug), and Cynthia Burkhow( husband Roy)(children Tom and Chance). They lived over the years in Denver, Co, Albuquerque, NM, Colorado Springs, CO, Silver City, NM, and Phoenix, AZ. During this time our father and mother became saved and became active members in the church where they headed up a bus ministry, which led Steve to Colorado Springs to become a minister. Our father is best known for being a man’s man or “jack of all trades” as he did construction, maintenance, or just about anything working with his hands. Even after a stroke slowed him down in the 1980’s he adapted and is well known for his work ethic along the way.

After Carol passed away in 1994, he discovered a new love in Teri Durfee and they shared a life together in Glendale, Az until her passing in 2015. They added her children, Amanda Durfee-Spencer (husband Gary, son William), William Durfee(son Logan) and Daniel Durfee to which both our families are better for knowing as siblings forever. Throughout his married life Steve loved the Lord, his Denver Broncos, watching wrestling, westerns like “Outlaw Josey Whales”, eating Mexican food, and listening to gospel music. He was blessed with several grandchildren, Caroline Ohrns (deceased), Camden Ohrns, Chance Ohrns(deceased), and William Spencer, plus a grandson Tom of Cynthia’s who was adopted by another family. After losing Teri and suffering another stroke and quadruple bypass surgery, dad’s remaining years were spent in assisted and long-term care. Ventana Winds and Life Care Center of North Glendale provided a great care for our father during this last stage of his life. We want to thank nurse Kayla at Ventana Winds and Meg with United Healthcare for helping us become advocates for Steve to give him the care he deserved. Steve lived a life of prayer and outreach and exemplified compassion for his fellow man. He will be remembered for his quiet exterior and loving interior. He passed into the Lord's arms on January 7, 2020 in Glendale, AZ. He would want to be remembered not only as a pioneer of Dad jokes, but that a life believing and living out faith makes a life worth living. As his surviving family we thank our father, grandfather, friend, for doing the best with what he knew and for trusting God for the rest. He will be greatly missed.


  • Graveside Service Wednesday, January 15, 2020


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Candace Hess

January 14, 2020

Dad, I was always the one referred to as your favorite, yet you often forgot how to spell my name. I did not hold that against you because you were human and my pops.
You raised me to love to examine what I read. Mom may have instilled in me a love for stories, but it was you who introduced me to examining the meaning and even elementary hermeneutics, which I still don't understand but know. May I be able to reveal my dream as you encourage me to keep questioning and seeking.

Cynthia Burkhow

January 14, 2020

Dear Dad,
You are the first Man on Earth I love to the Moon and back.
You were my Rock for my Younger years.
You were not Perfect but you were Perfect as my Dad!
You believe that I could get back up and be a better person after years of struggling with weight and depression. You encourage me and pray over me daily as I went on this journey! This Picture speaks volume to where I came from but it also shows how much love I have for you! You are like a Eagle in the Sky, can fly among the Angels and especially my Angels! Hugs & Love Dad! You are Missed forever!

Roy Burkhow

January 14, 2020

Thank You Steve for your daughter. I am very grateful to call you Dad. I will always miss not having to do Wrestling Promos. We are alike that we love wrestling. I love joking around with you. I had alot of fun memories. Thank You!
Peace in Heaven.

Cynthia Burkhow

January 13, 2020

Cynthia Burkhow

January 13, 2020

Ed Ohrns

January 13, 2020

Thank you dad for teaching me about hard work. Thank you for getting my first job, teaching me how to fish, and tell dad jokes.

Thank you for sharing your faith as a foundation for what I believe today. Thank you for loving Colorado, Denver Broncos, John Wayne, hot peppers and for loving my mom, my sisters, and Teri.

I will remember the past 5 years as one of healing for our family during a time of transition for you. Thank you for teaching me everyone deserves an advocate and I hope I honored you.

I once wanted you to be my hero, I still need to call you dad, today I am proud to call you friend.

I will make sure Camden becomes the best generation of Ohrns men.

I love you, until we meet again...