Steve Schlecht, 47, rural Gackle, N.D., died Monday, Feb. 16, 2009, at his home.
Steven Schlecht was born Dec. 19, 1961, at Jamestown, the son of Arnold and Annetta (Batsch) Schlecht. He grew up and attended Streeter (N.D.) Public School, graduating in 1980. He entered the U.S. Army in September 1980 and served for three years. He married Lolita Buck in May 1981 at Streeter. He was stationed at Ft. Rucker, Ala., and Ft. Riley, Kan. He also served 18 months in Uffenheim, Germany, as a helicopter mechanic. He was discharged in fall 1983 at Ft. Dix, N.J., with a pay grade of E4. In April 1984, he moved to Jessup, Mass., where he worked construction for eight years. He also attended college at College Park, Md. He married Shari Reid on March 17, 1991, at Laplata, Md. In July 1992, they moved back to his parents' farm in Gackle. He started his own business, Steve Schlecht Construction. In 1996, he took Rick Schulz as a partner and the company became Schlecht and Schulz Construction LLP. He was a member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church, Streeter, American Legion Post #265 and the National Rifle Association.
He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Carina (Barret) Wittmier, Bismarck, N.D.; a son, Anthony, Gackle; two stepsons, Mark (Tiffany) Heflin, Lincoln, N.D., and Andrew (Lindi) Heflin, Gackle; a stepdaughter, Heather Boor, Chesapeake Beach, Md.; his parents; his paternal grandmother, Esther Schlecht, Streeter; two sisters, Angela (Gary) Ternes, Bismarck, and Jolene (Steve) Ellefson, Bismarck; a brother, Kelly (Trish), Santa Anna, Calif.; and 10 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents and paternal grandfather.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday, Streeter Memorial Hall, Streeter, with the Revs. Darwin Kopfmann and James Moos officiating.
Prayer service: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, United Methodist Church, Streeter.
Visitation: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Haut Funeral Home, Gackle.
Burial: Streeter City Cemetery, Streeter.
Memorials: in lieu of flowers, to the Fisher House, VA Medical Center, One Veteran's Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55417, or CaringBridge.org (click on donations) in memory of Steve Schlecht.
Online guestbook: www. hautfuneralhome.com