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Steven  Henry Schatz

Rev. Greg Way
Organist ~ Ruby Dewald
Soloist ~ Lennis Mehlhaff
“How Great Thou Art”
Congregational Hymns
Processional ~“My Faith Looks Up To Thee”
Recessional ~ “God Be With You ‘Til We Meet Again”
John Ames
Rick Ames
Wayne Ames
Emilia Barton
Leland Barton
Trevor Barton
Steven Henry Schatz was born Saturday, June 21, 1958 at Mitchell, South Dakota. He died Sunday, March 17, 2013 at his home in New Haven, Indiana of a sudden massive heart attack.
He was born to Rev. James and Sarah (Ames) Schatz, the first of their four children. He was baptized at the Alpena, South Dakota Congregational Church. He was confirmed at the Plymouth Congregational Church in Fort Collins, Colorado. He was active in the church and enjoyed working with the youth programs. He graduated from Rocky Mountain High School at Fort Collins. Steve attended the School of Mines at Golden, Colorado where he received his degree in Metallurgical Engineering. He worked as a Metallurgical Engineer at the Woodward Governor Company at Fort Collins for many years. In 1993, he moved to New Haven, Indiana near Ft. Wayne where he worked at Navistar International until his early retirement last fall. He was planning on moving to Tripp and had purchased a house which he enjoyed restoring during his visits to Tripp.
Steve was married to Patricia Moriarty five years. They had no children. He enjoyed working in his yard and garden and enjoyed backyard barbequing for his friends. He enjoyed fishing and was a fan of all the sports. He especially liked watching the Minnesota Twins play and would sit with his father at the nursing home and watch sports games together whenever he visited Tripp. His hobby was buying and selling stocks on the computer. He was a very kind and generous man and will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
He was a member of the Plymouth UCC Church at Ft. Wayne and had planned to join Friedens Reformed Church after moving to Tripp.
He is survived by his mother, Sarah Schatz of Tripp; two sisters: Kathleen Barton of League City, Texas and Susan (Dave) Mueller of Nampa, Idaho; one brother: Tom (Amey) Schatz of Tripp; six nephews and nieces: Emilia, Leland and Trevor Barton of League City, Texas, Kennedy and Gracey Schatz of Tripp and Sam Mueller of Nampa, Idaho; a good friend, Jeannie Vogel of Ft. Wayne, Indiana; and several uncles, aunts and many cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father three months ago, his paternal and maternal grandparents, ten uncles and four aunts.

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Oh my, such a dreadful, dreadful shock...i can hardly believe the memorial of Steve Schatz, as i'm reading the obituaries, his name is there...first of all, may the Lord closely be with my good friend Sally, James' beloved wife and Steves' mother...that Gods Presence will be especially felt during this tremendously grief stricken time, and that she and his brother, sisters, nieces, nephews all be warmly comforted by the Holy Spirit...i'm writing in stunned disbelief at Steves' sudden passing...but i just would like to add my voice to the many, many people who knew Steve and of his extremely warm, kind personality, smile. During my short time as CNA at Good Samaritan in Tripp, i got to know this extraordinary, kind person; Steve would come faithfully, during his visits to his family in Tripp, and come with his dear, devoted mother Sally, and the two would sit with Jim, Steve in the recliner, shoes off, and watch various programs on the television...every time i and other CNA's would enter Jims room and Steve would be there, he would always have the most warm smile, asking "how are you"...one could just feel the warmness of this extraordinary human being...also the love and devotion he had for his father Jim, was obvious and touching, and endearing....if only the world had more people like him!! the world would be a much, much better place...my condolences to Sally and all the family...i was blessed to get to know Steve briefly, and will always remember him as one of THE most kindest, gentlest, nicest people i have ever met in my life....this world is in a sadder state because of his loss, may his soul be with Jesus. Sincerely, Marcia Tallman

Marcia Tallman May 19 2013 12:22 AM

I also worked with Steve at Navistar. Ill never forget his true passion and dedication for his job. He was a huge asset to our company. Respect, respect, respect.. Prayers to family. Wes

Wes Shuff Mar 26 2013 5:52 AM

I will like to give my condolences to the family of Steve Schatz. Steve was one of the nicest person I ever known while working at Navistar in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Steve also was a dedicated Union member of UAW Local 2911 and always had incredible smile with an personality that would brighten everyone around him. We are really going to be missed and hope everyone will be okay God Bless, Kyle Jackson

Kyle Jackson Mar 24 2013 9:58 PM

Like so many other co-workers of Steve's, I really enjoyed getting to know Steve. I talked with Steve every day for over 10 years. He always worked very hard and gave it his best. He was very giving and thoughtful in so many ways in his life. He always had a smile on his face and was there to greet you when you walked into the lab. I was very saddened to hear that he passed so unexpectedly. I know he is in Heaven and is in a better place. May God bless his family and may they have peace that they will meet Steve and his father someday.

Jeff Newcomer Mar 24 2013 7:41 PM

I worked with Steve at Navistar when I was in the durability test department. Steve supported the durability test department with excellent materials knowledge. He investigated issues with great curiosity and he liked to get to get to the root cause of an issue. His documentation was great. Steve shared his expertise with youth during materials camp which I thought was very giving of him. He was a very friendly guy. I was excited for him when he described his plan to move back to South Dakota. It is a disappointment that it did not come to pass. He will be missed.

Lucas Satter Mar 24 2013 4:11 AM

I knew Steve at Navistar but primarily from our mutual interest in the stock market. His enthusiasm for it was infectious! Rest in peace.

Russ Eggeman Mar 23 2013 8:54 AM

Steve would often stop into the Electronics Lab at Navistar for a short visit. We always enjoyed his smiling face and nice comments about the work we occasionally did for him. I was saddened to hear of his passing, but I know that eternal peace awaits.

Steve Dangerfield Mar 23 2013 8:16 AM

I always enjoyed talking to Steve at work. He was so kind and had a positive outlook on life. He often talked about moving closer to his family, and I am sad that he was not able to do that, but I know that planning the move brought him much joy. My heart is with the family as you mourn the loss of Steve.

Gayle Goodrich Mar 23 2013 7:21 AM

So sad to hear of Steve's unexpected passing. He had told me about his plans to fix up a house and move there, He showed me some pictures, it looked like a nice place. He will be remembered.

Kevin Hubert Mar 23 2013 6:58 AM

Knew Steve primarily through work association at Navistar (International Harvester to put it in more familiar terms for older ones on the Great Plains) and I always appreciated sincerity, honesty adw willingness to help and share. He was always refreshing to be around, and based on email exchanges in the recent past I got a photo of the house he hoped to make home in ND, his entering into the sleep of death (John 11) was a real surprise. We will certainly be looking for him in the promised resurrection, he has paid the price and has his token, we are left with the chalenge assuring we get our token so we can again give him a hug.

Roy Tope, ME, PE, JW Mar 23 2013 4:57 AM

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