Paul W Steffes
June 30, 1932 - Nov. 24, 2020
Chilton, WI
Paul W Steffes
Chilton, WI

Paul W. Steffes, age 88, of Jericho, died on November 24, 2020, at St. Paul Elder Care Services in Kaukauna. He was born June 30, 1932, son of the late Albert and Emma Steffes. On November 16, 1968, he married Darlene Lefeber at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Jericho, and together they had one son.
Paul spent most of his career as an over the road truck driver, spending the most time driving for Badger Northland until his semi-retirement.  He drove part time for Bob Miller among others until his full retirement.
Early in his life Paul enjoyed hunting and fishing with friends.  He owned numerous motorcycles and boats and had his own Cessna plane for a time.  Later in life, he would spend time messing around in the yard and his shop.  Over time he gathered up a collection of antique tractors that he liked to work on and take to shows.  
He love his granddaughters and wouldn’t miss a sporting event, dance recital or meat goat judging at the county fair.  He lived a full and happy life and was always willing to help others.  There was never a question as to where he stood on any particular topic.  
Paul is survived by his son, Andrew; grandchildren: Amelia and Alisabeth; and siblings: Ruby Gerner, Severina Marsh, David (Kathleen)Steffes, Elaine Weber, and Alfred (Mary) Steffes.
Paul was preceded in death by his wife, Darlene; his parents: Albert and Emma; Darlene’s parents: Valentine and Olive Lefeber; siblings: Mary Catherine (Ernie) Pitzen, John (Alice Ann) Steffes, Ruth (Cletus) Schneider,  and Robert (Betty) Steffes; and in-laws: Marvin Gerner, Harry Marsh, and Roger Weber. 
The family is planning private services at this time. A time to celebrate Paul's life with the public will be held at a later date.  
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in the name of Paul W. Steffes. Cards may be sent to the Wieting Family Funeral Home (411 W. Main St.), c/o Andrew Steffes.

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Sorry to hear about Paul. We have been out of the area for so long - the old Jericho gang is shrinking. Many great memories.

ART & JANICE (WELCH) PAGEL (Friend) - Dec. 9, 2020

I remember seeing Paul by my uncle leroy working in the garage. He could fix anything. Remember seeing in sep and mary's after fishing with my parents. Remember Paul, Leo and my Dad sitting for hours drinking coffee. When Dad and I had a fire I used his van until I could get a vehicle. He was a great person and will be missed

Susan Schmidlkofer (Family friend) - Dec. 2, 2020

My memory of Paul goes back to the seventies when I was on the road for Schneider and Paul was a driver for Badger Northland. It was always a pleasure to run into Paul on the road and I always enjoyed his company. When Paul retired from Badger, he spent a few years driving with us part time. He was a close friend of Lester Roehrig, but I learned that after having sent those two on a team trip to the Northwest with winter weather testing their driving expertise, that it may not have been the smartest decision at the time. Although they were friends, this trip tested that long standing friendship. As I remember Paul putting it, he said it was like living with the wife locked in a bathroom for two weeks! I got the message and never sent them on a team trip again. I once took a load of donated goods to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina struck the area. After returning home Paul stopped at the office and handed me a fifty dollar bill. He told me that what we did for free cost the company a lot of money and wanted the fifty to help pay for some of the fuel. That’s the kind of person Paul was. He understood that trucking was a hard life, but a noble one, and a vocation that wouldn’t make one rich. Paul was the kind of trucker that I admired, a hard runner, but so very proud of his profession and so willing to share his knowledge of the industry. After Paul’s retirement he would stop from time to time when he knew I was in the office. Just to say hello was his mission, and I enjoyed every visit.

Paul, someday I’ll join you at that big truck stop in the sky and we’ll be able to relive those days we spent together on the road. Godspeed Paul!

Bob Miller (Friend) - Nov. 27, 2020

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