Dad was born to Harry and Mary on September 24, 1932. He was the 5th child in a family of 11. He grew up on the family farm in the Rushville District, and became independent at a young age of 15 when he went to work with his Uncle George Ripak as a welding apprentice at the “Wynyard Machine Shop” in 1947. Dad then ventured off to Ontario first and then B.C. for short stints to work in bush camps. In 1954 at age 22, he purchased the RM building in Elfros, where he operated his own welding and repair business, “Steve’s Welding Shop”. Mom and dad were married on dad’s birthday on September 24, 1958 and resided in Elfros until 1960. They moved back to Wynyard at that time with young Brian where dad worked with Uncle George Ripak for another 6 years. During this time, Darcy and Donna joined the growing family. In 1967, Gerald joined the happy family, and in the same year, dad became the proud proprietor of “Industrial Welding Service” on highway 16 west in Wynyard until November of 1989 when he sold the shop.
Dad enjoyed hunting with his sons and grandsons, picking mushrooms and berries with his family – family time always came first. Dad loved to work on lawn mowers, small engines, and welding jobs out of his backyard garage after retiring from his welding shop, as well as meeting his regular coffee mates at A & W.
Dad leaves to cherish his memories, son Brian (Betty), daughter Darcy (Don) Hugie, daughter Donna (Alvin) Deeg, son Gerald (Denise), and 2 grandsons Dryden (Justine) Lalach and Kyle (Tea) Lalach.
He also leaves to mourn brothers and sisters Nick, Walter, Katie Reid, Helen Keyowski and Bill.
Steve is predeceased by his wife Charlotte, parents Harry and Mary, brothers and sisters Annie Bashutski, Mike, Olga Kachur, Sam, Ray, and baby Joseph.
Dad lived a very unassuming life, never wanting the spotlight to shine on him. We now ask that heaven shines brightly on him with our mom and his family by his side.