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Kenneth Charles Steger
October 14, 2023
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It’s with heavy hearts that the family of Kenneth Charles Steger announces his passing on October 14, 2023, in his own home with family, after a difficult and prolonged 16-year battle with primary amyloidosis.
He had resided on Scipio-Fleming Townline Road, Auburn, with his children, Ryan and Morgan. Ken was born on January 31, 1959, the fourth of five sons of the late Helen and Floyd Steger of Cloverleaf Road, Locke, NY. Growing up on a dairy farm, Ken and his brothers were always involved in creative activities, as well as doing various chores and participating in the everyday activities of farming. He learned a true work ethic from his dad, uncles, and grandfather, that he continued to abide by his entire life. Graduating from Moravia Central School, Ken worked in carpentry and at various retail jobs before joining NYSDOC as a corrections officer, retiring after 23 years due to his illness.
In his earlier years, he was an avid participant in the Moravia Slow Pitch Softball League, and the Owasco Valley Jaycees. He was always involved in gardening, woodworking, hobby farming, Yankees baseball, and the Buffalo Bills. Ken’ s children were his greatest joy. You could always find Ken and Morgan in the garden or working on some “new project” together. Ryan typically kept him informed of new welding prospects, hunting stories, or just simple everyday happenings of interest. Ken also thought the world of his extended family, the Weaver kids, who were always around the house.
Ken was predeceased by his parents, infant brother Garry, and his faithful canine friend, Shelby, who could always be found by his side, whether waiting to share dinner, or stroll to the garden.
He is survived by his son, Ryan, and daughter, Morgan, and their mother, Melissa Villano Steger, brothers Thomas (Christine) of Moravia, Donald (Bonnie) of Sebastian, FL, Patrick (Denise) of Auburn, and Larry (Bridget) of Raleigh, NC, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and one aunt, Lucy Steger.
In Ken’s words, “I was a simple man that led a simple life.” Per Ken’s request, there will be no calling hours, and a small graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family. His final resting spot will be at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moravia, NY.
Anyone wanting to make donations in memory of Ken may do so to the charity of their choice. Simply put, to know Ken was to love him.