Charles “Chuck” Herman Steege, 75, of rural Waterloo, died Friday, September 7, 2018, at UnityPoint-Allen Hospital in Waterloo.
Chuck was born September 22, 1942, in Waterloo, Iowa, the son of Roy and Burdene (Bockhaus) Steege. He was baptized October 18, 1942 and confirmed March 25, 1956, both at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Denver. He attended grade school at Mt. Vernon #2 and graduated from Denver High School in 1960. He started at H&H Machine & Tool in 1962 and earned his Apprenticeship as a Toolmaker. On September 18, 1966, he was united in marriage to Bonnie Moeller at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Denver. In 1987, he started The Toolworks in Waterloo and in 1993 moved the business to Denver.
Chuck was a longtime member of St. John’s Lutheran (Crane Creek), Tripoli, where he served on the church council. He was active with the UAW, serving as a steward. He enjoyed traveling, farming, history, reading and playing cards. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren. Whether it was “Grandpa’s Bus Service” for Jacob and Emma or attending all the grandchildren’s activities and sporting events, Chuck was sure to be there.
Using his talent in metal work, Chuck created two prominent metal sculptures that are displayed at the Denver Public Library and the Denver Sports Complex. In 2013, he was honored as the Grand Marshall for Denver Days.
Chuck is survived by his wife, Bonnie, of Waterloo, two sons, Scott (Sonja) Steege of Denver and Darin (Jenny) Steege of Waterloo, one daughter, Kristie (Kyle) Kuhse of Waverly, seven grandchildren, Courtney, Michael and Sarah Steege, Jacob and Emma Steege, Brody and Brock Kuhse, one sister, Sue Schwarze of Tripoli, brother-in-law, Larry Moeller of Sumner and mother-in-law, Evelyn Moeller of Tripoli. He is preceded in death by his parents, father-in-law, Virgil Moeller and brother-in-law, Mark Schwarze.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 13, 2018, at St. John’s Lutheran (Crane Creek), Tripoli, with Pastor Brian King officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at the Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Denver and for an hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Memorial contributions in Chuck’s name may be directed to the family or the donor’s choice. On-line condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com.
Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Denver is in charge of arrangements. 319-984-5379