Lester Arthur Steffen was born March 18, 1922 to Otto and Emma (Kettlehut) Steffen at White Lake. He was baptized and confirmed at Saint John’s Lutheran Church, rural White Lake. He attended Saint John’s Christian grade school, high school in White Lake and Stickney and graduated from Canistota High School in 1940.
He farmed all his life on the family farm south of White Lake. He held many offices in the Trinity Lutheran Church of White Lake, served as a school board member, was the Gales Township Treasurer for many years, served on the Aurora County weed board, was a Sexton for the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, served on the Aurora-Brule Nursing Home board and was an avid fisherman and hunter.
He married Yvonne Walz at Redeemer Lutheran Church of Armour on February 11, 1956. To this union were born five children.
Survivors include his wife, Yvonne of fifty-six years; his daughter, Barbara (Ron) Bell, Sioux Falls; sons: Ronald (Dona) Steffen, White Lake, Bruce (Cindy) Steffen, Bridgewater MA and Douglas, Sioux Falls; his sisters, Helen (Jerry) Allen and Florence Jakeman, Hemet, CA; sisters and brothers-in-law: Joan (Lee) Lyman, Sandpoint, ID; Gleni (John) McQuade, San Juan Capistrano, CA, Elly McMullen, Portland, OR; six grandchildren, Ross and Rachel Bell, Kristen and Kelli Steffen and Tara and Joshua Steffen and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, Richard, sisters: Leone (John) Schlueter, Alvina (George) Stahr, Donna (Arnold) Jensen, Agnes (Maynard) Grapentine; brothers: Wilmer (Suzy and Marion) Steffen and Leonard Steffen.