Steven G. Kuether, 57
June 2, 1960 — Nov. 3, 2017
Steven Glenn Kuether, 57, of Grafton, Wis., died unexpectedly Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, in a motorcycle accident. He was born June 2, 1960, in Two Rivers, Wis., to Mary A. (Bauer) Kuether and the late Glenn H. Kuether. He married his wife of 28 years, Amy (Hauser), in 1989 at his parents’ cottage in Door County, Wis. Steve was a member of the Washington High School Class of 1978 and the Lakeland College Class of 1999, where he earned his bachelor’s degree while working fulltime and raising a family.
If you were lucky enough to know Steve, you likely have an anecdote to share about him. He was an almost overwhelmingly gregarious person with an uncanny ability to talk to absolutely anyone and make friends everywhere he went – sometimes to the playful chagrin of his immediate family.
A supply chain professional and Certified Purchasing Manager, Steve enjoyed a long career in purchasing, including positions at Kleen Test Products, Briggs & Stratton and Tapco. Through his work and his outgoing, charismatic demeanor, he made and maintained many friendships throughout his life. He worked hard to provide a comfortable, happy childhood and life for his children, whom he considered to be his greatest accomplishment.
Steve had many hobbies, including photography. He often took sunset photos at his favorite place on Earth: his mother’s cottage in Door County. His other interests ranged from boating and watersports to woodworking (always while blasting music like classic Billy Joel and Chicago or country favorites by Colin Raye and Garth Brooks). A connoisseur of the popular culture of his day, he quoted “Seinfeld,” Steve Martin comedy bits, “Cheers” and so much more with such frequency that his children didn’t learn until young adulthood that these tidbits were not just goofy things their Dad said. He was an avid Packers and Badgers fan and loved to watch the games from the comfort of home with a pot of chili, one of his culinary specialties. Other favorites included “clog-an-artery” pizza, the world’s best chocolate chip cookies, excellent Bloody Marys, and, during the holidays, brandy slush.
He loved to golf and did so with friends, enjoying annual golf trips and frequent league play. But his favorite hobby was riding his motorcycle, which he’d do as often as he could, happily traversing the Wisconsin cold until the first snowflake of the season fell.
Steve is preceded in death by his father Glenn, sister Diane, father-in-law and mother-in-law Norton and Louise Hauser, and sister-in-law Barbara Norman. He is survived by his wife, Amy of Grafton, daughter Taylor of Washington, D.C., and son Mac of Grafton. He is also survived by his mother Mary of Green Bay, Wis., his sisters Lori (Gary) Wildenberg of New Holstein, Wis., and Renee (Llew) Rock of Green Bay, brothers-in-law Todd Hauser and Shawn Hauser, both of Cincinnati, nieces and nephews, other relatives, and many friends. He is further survived by his beloved golden retriever, Beau.
Visitation services for Steve will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Eernisse Funeral Home in Cedarburg, Wis. For more information or to share condolences, visit www.eernissefuneralhome.com. Memorial donations in memory of Steve can be made to the Wisconsin Humane Society - Ozaukee Campus.