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James A. Steder

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 3rd, 2012

ROCHELLE — James A. “Jim” Steder, 68, of Rochelle, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012 at his home surrounded by his loving family and friends.

He was born on Oct. 4, 1943 in Amboy, to Paul and Pauline (Schauer) Steder. Jim married Bonnie J. Schabacker on March 20, 1964 in Rochelle. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister, Candace Steder.

Jim graduated from Rochelle Township High School in 1961 and then went on to complete an automotive trade program in Nebraska. Jim spent the next 50 years building, repairing and customizing automobiles. He began working for Gene Thornton at the age of 15 and later purchased Thornton’s Body Shop in 1983. He owned and operated the family business until 2009.

Jim loved to spend time at the cabin he designed and built with his sons, brothers and friends. His interests included motorcycles, airplanes, boats, and woodworking but his passion was always for his wife and family.  

Jim was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Rochelle.

Jim was a devoted husband, father and grandfather (papa). He was generally considered the ‘go-to’ guy by his friends and often referred to as the ‘voice of reason’ by his family. He is described by all who knew him as honest, hard-working, patient and kind.

The family would like to thank Renae Anderson from Heartland Hospice and Dr. Harvey Einhorn and the Swedish American Staff for all their kindness and considerate care during his illness.

Survivors include his wife and soul mate, Bonnie of Rochelle; two sons, Rick (Eve) Steder of Davis and Chris (Cassie Cecil) Steder of Monroe Center; brothers, Ron (Karla) Steder of Rochelle, Bill (Teresa) Steder of Elgin, and Bob Steder of West Brooklyn; and three grandchildren, Emily, Sara and Jenna Steder.

Services will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Rochelle, on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 10 a.m., with Rev. Gregory Hoffmann officiating. Visitation will be held at Unger-Horner Funeral Home in Rochelle on Wednesday, Oct. 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. Burial will be in Trinity Memory Gardens.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church.

An online guestbook is available at www.ungerhorner.com.

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