John Richard STEFFEN
August 9, 1927 – November 11, 2019
John R. Steffen, 92, passed away on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. He was a WWII Navy veteran.
John was the son of John L. and Lee (Parsons) Steffen. John was married to Coralynn Manchee, who preceded him in death. John and Coralynn had four children; Jeanne (Tom) Jurco of Vernon Hills, IL; Susan (Bob Whetstine) Steffen of Charlotte, NC; Mark (Dawn Marlin) Steffen of Kankakee, IL and Cindy (Ed) Jackson of St. Louis, MO; eight grandchildren – Megan, Katie, Heather, Matt, JD, Michael, Jenna, and Zoe, and eight great-grandchildren – Cole, Blake, Chase, Riley, Luke, Lila, Emma, and Otis. John had one sister, the late Doris (Patrick) Regan.
John “Steff” married Coralynn, his childhood sweetheart. Both John and Coralynn were born, raised, and married in Chicago. John played the cornet in the band and spied Coralynn across the room playing her clarinet. Love at first sight. During his time in the Navy he attended Notre Dame, Northwestern, and graduated from University of Illinois on the GI Bill.
John had a long successful career selling explosives to mines. He was a kind, quiet, puzzle whiz. He served over 25 years as a deacon, elder, and/or treasurer at the 1st Presbyterian Church of Marion, Illinois. During John’s retirement, he did a little golfing and spent 15 years as the volunteer Treasurer for Meals-On-Wheels and held several volunteer positions at 1st Presbyterian Church, both located in Bonita Springs, Florida. He and Coralynn enjoyed traveling. They visited and hosted many family and friends over the years.
John left Florida in 2018 to live closer to his children year-round. He enjoyed his new home at Webster Grove’s Bethesda Orchard, where he kept spreading his quiet kindness and good cheer. He became a Blues and Cardinal fan while soundly honoring his mainstays, the Fighting Illini, Bears, and Cubs.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 23rd, 11 A.M at Old Orchard Church, 6403 Amelia Avenue, Webster Groves, Missouri 63119. At a date still to be determined, he will be laid to rest next to Coralynn in the Memorial Garden at 1st Presbyterian Church of Bonita Springs, Florida. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society.