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Roy Steever

Roy Steever, age 87, formerly of Huron, died Tuesday, November 2, 2010, at the Good Samaritan Center at New Underwood.  His funeral service was at 3:30 PM, Monday, November 8th, at the Huron Mission Church with Rev. Richard Birr officiating.  Burial was in the Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Good Samaritan Home at  P.O. Box 327,  New Underwood, South Dakota 57761.

Roy Henry Steever was born March 20, 1923, to Harm and Alma (Bolte) Steever at Henry, South Dakota. He left home at a young age to work on ranches and farms and to be a cowboy. He often talked about cattle drives he worked in his early years. He worked as a truck driver and various other jobs until he started work at Armours in Huron. He loved horses and rodeos. When he couldn't find a horse shoer, he went to school and learned that trade which he stayed with for many years after he retired from Armours. He could cobble most things together and make it work, but he was very particular about the shoeing. He helped with some Budweiser horses one time and was offered a job as ferrier but he declined. He said "those guys are too big for me."

He loved his pickup and camper and the rodeos they took him to. He often had his agenda planned months ahead. He would help with the stock and barriers at the Sutton rodeos. He was also particular about how he did those barriers. At the 1992 Badlands Circuit finals, Roy's friends presented him with a beautiful belt buckle which said Timed Events Man of the Year. In 1995, he was presented the Ben Kobza Memorial Award for Outstanding Service from the Badlands Circuit. Roy and his family really appreciated that. He often shared his camper with his rodeo buddies and always had funny tales to tell especially about the kids who grew up around him. Above all he just enjoyed his "rodeo family" and friends. 

He loved to tease and joke especially kids and pretty girls. He married the prettiest one in 1943 when he wed Esther King Hunter Steever. They had a daughter, Alice Steever Leberknight and a son, David Joseph Steever. They lived in Huron the 62 years they were married. After Esthers' death in 2005 he lived alone until 2006 when he suffered a stroke. He came to Rapid City to recover and always believed he would go home and start his travels again. After a major illness in 2007, he went to the Good Samaritan Home in New Underwood, South Dakota. He had wonderful care there and lots of girls to tease and they would tease him right back. He enjoyed visits and holidays with family in Rapid City and visits from rodeo friends at the home.

In March of 2010 he suffered with a major illness and never recovered.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harm and Alma Steever; two brothers, Bud Steever and Ted Steever; his wife, Esther; his son, Joe Steever; step-son, Freddie Hunter; daughter-in-law, Solveig Hunter; and two great grandsons, Adam Newport and Moses Stojanovic.

He will be missed by his daughter, Alice, his son-in-law, Wayne Leberknight and his grandchildren, Lesa Koscielski (Art), Marty Leberknight (Jill), Michael Leberknight (Jeni), and Kady Schmitz (Michael) all from Rapid City, South Dakota. His grandson, Brian Inman (Dana), of Evergreen, Colorado, granddaughter, Christina Steever Newport Stojanovic (Bojan), of Phoenix, Arizona, grandsons Nicholas Steever (Leah) New York New York, and Jonathon Steever, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; step-son, Duane Hunter of Huron and his children Duane Hunter Jr. (Suzanne) of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Debbie Quiram (Steve) and Diane Ombech (Kennedy) all of Huron. His sister-in-law, Joyce Steever (Bud) and nieces, Reva Gross, of Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, Bernadean King McGee of Black Hawk, South Dakota, and Gloria King, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; several great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was a simple man who achieved 87 awesome years.

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