Stephen Vander Tuig

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Stephen George Vander Tuig, age 63, passed away at his home in Hampton, Nebraska on October 30, 2014, weeks after being diagnosed with cancer. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 5, 2014, at Messiah Lutheran Church in Aurora. Bishop Brian Maas will preach with Pastors Sheryl and Chris Kester Beyer officiating. A family service for the inurnment will be held later in the day at Aurora Cemetery. Family greeted friends at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora on Tuesday, November 4, from 5 - 7 p.m. Steve’s wish was to donate his body for MS research. Other memorials will be directed to a scholarship fund for students entering the ministry. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at Steve was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on January 17, 1951, to George and Martha (Janssen) Vander Tuig. The family later moved to Le Mars, Iowa, where Steve spent his childhood years and met his future wife, Jane (Fick). They were married in Le Mars on January 30, 1972. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in religion from Augustana ollege in Sioux Falls, SD, in 1973, Steve attended Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, IA, for two years. From 1975-76, he served as an intern at American Memorial Lutheran Church in Denver, CO. In 1976-1977, Steve completed his theological studies at the Denver House of Studies and served as a student pastor at Lutheran Church of Cross in Evergreen, CO. He graduated from Wartburg on May 15, 1977, with a Master of Divinity degree. Pastor Steve was ordained into the ministry at St. John’s American Lutheran Church in Le Mars, Iowa, on October 9, 1977. He served Immanuel Lutheran Church in Glenvil, Nebraska, from 1977 to 1985, and Messiah Lutheran Church in Aurora, Nebraska, from 1985 to 1995, when he became disabled with Multiple Sclerosis. While living in Denver, Steve became a Denver Broncos fan and instilled this loyalty into his children at an early age. He also enjoyed traveling, reading, laughing with friends and relatives and spending time with his family and dogs. Stephen was preceded in death by his father, George Frederich Vander Tuig. Survivors include his wife, Jane of Hampton; daughter ,Marci of Lincoln; son, Adam of Cambridge, MA; and grandson, George Emerson Vander Tuig of Omaha. Survivors also include his mother, Martha, of Le Mars, Iowa; sister, Sharyl (Curt) Miller of Eau Claire, WI; brother, Mark (Candice) Vander Tuig of Altoona, IA; and many nieces and nephews 
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