Steven James Velde, age 53, of Parkers Prairie, died unexpectedly Monday, February 20, 2017.
Funeral services are 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 25, 2017, at Parkers Prairie High School with Fr. Peter VanderWeyst officiating. Music is provided by the Parkers Prairie High School Choir and Johnathan Moeller. Full military honors accorded by the Minnesota Honor Guard, Parkers Prairie American Legion Post #219, and taps by Dale Plasek. Private family burial will take place at St. Nicholas Catholic Cemetery, Belle River.
Visitation will begin 4 p.m., Friday at St. William’s Catholic Church in Parkers Prairie and will conclude with a prayer service and time of sharing at 8 p.m. The visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the high school.
Steve was born September 6, 1963, to James and Shirley (Schlosser) Velde in Alexandria. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Belle River. Steve graduated from Jefferson High School in Alexandria in 1981. Following his education, Steve enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he did basic training at Great Lakes, Illinois. He served on the USS Puget Sound as a boiler technician for 3 ½ years in Gaeta, Italy, where he was awarded Sailor of the Year. Following his honorable discharge as an E4 in 1985, Steve returned to Alexandria and attended Alexandria Tech where he earned his boiler/engineer degree in 1986. He was united in marriage to Virginia “Gini” Peppersack on March 1, 1986, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Belle River. Following their marriage, they made their home in Alexandria where Steve worked at Fingerhut. In 1993, they moved to Parkers Prairie where they raised their family and Steve worked as a custodian at the Parkers Prairie High School until present. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, horseshoes, camping, traveling and attending rock concerts. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family. He was a member of St. William’s Catholic Church and the Parkers Prairie Sportsman Fishing League. He enjoyed the students at school who were an extended part of his family and volunteering as a mentor for the Tender Hearts the past two years.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents; and several aunts and uncles.
Steve is survived by his wife of 31 years, Gini; daughter, Sara (John) Skoglund of Miltona; son, Andrew (Carrie) Velde of Carlos; four grandchildren, Peyton and Brianna Skoglund and Hannah and Paige Velde; father and step-mother, James (Shirley) Velde of Chokio; mother, Shirley Syverson of Alexandria; sister, Julie (Gary Neushwander) Propst of Alexandria; brother, Jon (Steph) Velde of Carlos; father and mother-in-law, Frank (Katherine) Peppersack of Parkers Prairie; two brothers-in-law, Alan (Darcy) Peppersack of Parkers Prairie and David (Steph Nelson) Peppersack of Miltona; four sisters-in-law, Leah Clark of Monticello, Maria (Steve) Haugen of Osakis, Patti (Randy) Twardowski of Eagle Bend and Diana Peppersack of Alexandria; along with numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and a host of friends.
Pallbearers are his brother, Jon Velde, best friend, Jim Berna and nephews, Stacey Gums, Gabriel Clark, Braedon Clark, Ryan Peppersack, John Twardowski, Collin Twardowski, Austin Twardowski, Eric Peery, Kevin Peery, Jamie Eilen, and Chris Velde. Honorary pallbearers are his nieces, Rachel Propst, Katlyn Velde, Kylie Velde, Laura Westad, Katherine Peppersack, and nephew, Shawn Gums.
Memorials preferred to Parkers Prairie Dollars for Scholars, c/o Parkers Prairie High School.
Parkers Prairie Dollars for Scholars/P547 Foundation
PO Box 40, Parkers Prairie MN 56361