Meadville Tribune

December 23, 2013

Ralph W. Steck

Meadville Tribune

GUYS MILLS — Ralph W. Steck, 67, of Guys Mills, passed away Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Oct. 26, 1946, in Oil City, a son of Ralph E. and Beatrice (Curly) Nuhfer Steck. He married Diane Beiter July 24, 1965, and she survives.

Ralph was a 1964 graduate of Meadville High School. He was a member of Ironworkers Union Local 3, Pittsburgh, and Labor Union Local 964, New Castle. He worked at Sunbeam Corporation, Joy Manufacturing, Franklin, did iron work on Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, and the Meadville Mall as well as worked on the building projects at Maplewood High School and Woodcock Dam. Ralph was also owner and operator of Steck’s Garage in Guys Mills.

He was a member of St. Hippolyte Roman Catholic Church, Frenchtown. Ralph enjoyed hunting, fishing and drag racing, but most of all he loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Survivors, in addition to his loving wife, Diane, of 48 years, include a son, Samuel Steck and his wife, Janice, of Guys Mills; a daughter, Tammy Bakus and her husband, Jason, of Guys Mills; 10 grandchildren, Zack Steck and his wife, Leighann, Samantha Steck, Megan Steck, Sylvie Koseff, Nathan Koseff, Emmalee Koseff, Alex Bakus, Tanner Bakus, Abigail Bakus and Sophia Bakus; a great-granddaughter, Hallie Steck; four sisters, Barb Smith and her husband, David, of Kalispell, Mont., Sue Hogue and her husband, Wayne, of Seneca, Margaret Sharrar and her husband, Clint, of Seneca, and Beverly Marvin and her husband, Dan, of Reno; a stepbrother, Joe Meehan and his wife, Pam, of Oil City; two stepsisters, Marie Barber and her husband, Sam, and Brenda Perry and her husband, Doug, all of Oil City; two brothers-in-law, Dennis Voss and his wife, Eva, of Las Animas, Colo., and Wray Beiter and his wife, Maria, of Saegertown; a sister-in-law, Carol Kennedy and her husband, Paul, of Guys Mills; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents; he was preceded in death by a daughter, Wendy Steck; and a sister, Theresa Steck.

Calling hours will be Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Robert W. Waid Funeral Home, 581 Chestnut St., Meadville, with a scripture prayer service at 7:45.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Hippolyte Church, 25997 State Highway 27, Guys Mills, with Father Daniel Prez as celebrant.

Interment will be in St. Brigid Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Hippolyte Church, 25997 State Hwy 27, Guys Mills, Pa. 16327; Hospice of Crawford County, 464 Pine St., Meadville, Pa. 16335; or the Make-A-Wish Foundation (in honor of Sophia Bakus), 1001 State St., Suite 502, Erie, Pa. 16501.

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