Stephen ‘Steve’ D. Speas

Sept. 30, 1963 - May 9, 2007

Stephen "Steve" D. Speas of Waukesha entered into eternal life Wednesday, May 9, 2007, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital at age 43. Steve was born Sept. 30, 1963, in Ames, Iowa, the son of Gary Speas and Eleanor (nee Horton) Smith.

Steve worked for Bon Ton Stores Inc. as a director of private brands of footwear. Steve grew up in the shoe business beginning at his grandfather’s store, Ewer’s Shoe Store, in Marshalltown, Iowa, where he found a love for the shoe business. Steve graduated from Iowa State University with a business degree, and he received his master’s degree from the University of Phoenix. Steve loved to hear the word of God, he loved his family very deeply, was a loving husband, a terrific father and an avid sports fan.

Steve will be deeply missed by his wife, Lauren; his loving children, Samantha and Catherine; his father, Gary (Connie) Speas of Glendale, Ariz.; his mother, Eleanor (Glen) Smith of Mesa, Ariz.; his brother, Dan Speas of Cave Creek, Ariz.; his parents-in-law, David and Nancy Schueck of Kennett Square, Pa.; brother-in-law, David Schueck II of Chadds Ford, Pa.; and his paternal grandmother, Maxine Speas of Marshalltown, Iowa. Steve was preceded in death by his dear daughter, Peyton.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until the 6 p.m. celebration of life Tuesday, May 15, at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1415 Dopp St., Waukesha. The Rev. James Bickel will be officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to the family for his daughter’s education fund, to be set up at a later date; Ascension Lutheran Church, 1415 Dopp St., Waukesha, WI 53188; or AngelsGrace Hospice, W359-N7430 Brown St. (Highway P), Oconomowoc, WI 53066.

For more information, call Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home and Cremation Services at 542-6609 or visit www.waukeshafuneralhome.com for online obituaries, directions or condolences.