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Stevan Robert Waddell, Sr., age 65 of Rockford, Minnesota, passed away July 25, 2021.

He was born on February 21, 1956 in Mott, North Dakota to Nick and Mabel (Burkhart) Waddell. Steve graduated from Clarissa High School in 1974, and briefly attended the University of Minnesota-Crookston.

On October 30, 1976, he was joined in marriage to LeAnn Soltis at the South Elmdale Church in Elmdale, Minnesota. They resided in Rockford, Minnesota where they raised their three children.

Steve was employed at Liberty Carton for 45 years and was close to retirement. He made many wonderful, life-long friends while working there. When he wasn’t working, he’d spend some of his free time hunting for pheasant in North Dakota, hunting deer near Royalton, and fishing on many of the lakes in Minnesota. He was a loyal Vikings and Twins fan, loved training and riding horses, and enjoyed classic cars.

He never ran out of stories and jokes to tell and could carry a conversation with just about anyone. He has also become the main character in numerous stories with many of his co-workers and friends. He was known for being easy-going and having a fun personality; his humor and charisma will always be remembered. He always lived life to its fullest and is the center of many stories that his family and friends look forward to telling his grandchildren when they are old enough.

Steve was a devoted husband to his wife, LeAnn, who was his world. The two never let a day go by without showing how much they were in love.

Steve was also a devoted dad and grandpa who was delighted in the activities and accomplishments of the family. He rarely missed an opportunity to watch his kids and grandkids shine. He always made time to attend concerts, school activities, and sporting events.

He is preceded in death by an infant daughter; his father, Nick; and father-in-law, Dale Soltis.

Steve is survived by his wife of 45 years, LeAnn; children, Laura (Matt) Petersen, Stevan (Casey Zehrer) Waddell, Jr., and Stacy (Joseph) McCauley; grandchildren, Madisyn, Ryder, Dylan, and Tori; mother, Mabel Waddell; mother-in-law, Delores Soltis; siblings, Margaret (Kevin) Starrey, Carla (Kevin) Watterud, Clark (Sue) Waddell, and KrisAnn (Terry) Fredrickson; and many other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held Sunday, August 1, 2021, from 4:00 – 8:00 PM at Our Father’s Lutheran Church (3903 Gilbert Ave. SE Rockford, Minnesota).

Funeral service will be held Monday, August 2, 2021 at 11:00 AM with visitation one hour prior at the church.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo. Online condolences for the family may be directed to www.thepetersonchapel.com

11 Guestbook Entries

  1. Steve and Sue vergin

    We are so sorry to hear about Steve’s passing. Our sincerest condolences to you. Thinking about you. Steve and Sue Vergin.

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  2. Bonnie Biennial

    My heart just hurts for you Leann and kids. Vic and I are so sorry for your loss! I know Steve will be heavily missed! He was the best! Just know we are family and will be here for you!
    All our love!
    Bonnie and Vic

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  3. Theresa Soltis

    I am so very sorry for your loss. You have my deepest sympathies, may God bless you and your family. Take care of yourself and remember all the good times.

    Theresa

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  4. LaVonne Oravetz

    LeAnn, I am so very sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers during this very difficult time.

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  5. Don and Karen

    Dear LeAnn and Family, We are so sorry to hear of Steve. Terry called and let us know that Steve was in the hospital before we left on vacation so we had him in our prayers. We are so sorry for all of you and now all of you are in our prayers. Steve was so easy to talk to whenever we saw him at the Soltis gatherings. We will miss him!

    You will be in our thoughts and prayer! We are sorry that we will miss seeing all of you at the funeral as we will be driving back from Wyoming.

    Greet everyone for us! God bless you all. Don and Karen

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  6. Annette Born (Jones)

    Dear LeAnn and Family, I am so sorry to hear about my first cousin Steve’s death. I know we haven’t seen each other in many years but I always enjoyed his company.
    You will be in my thoughts and prayers

    Netti Jones Born

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  7. annette l born

    Dear LeAnn and Family, I am so sorry to hear about my first cousin Steve’s death. I know we haven’t seen each other in many years but I always enjoyed his company.
    You will be in my thoughts and prayers

    Netti Jones Born

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  8. annette Born

    I am so sorry to hear about my first cousin Steves death.
    Your family is in my prayers.
    Netti Jones

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  9. annette Born

    Dear LeAnn and Family, I am so sorry to hear about my first cousin Steve’s death. I know we haven’t seen each other in many years but I always enjoyed his company.
    You will be in my thoughts and prayers

    Netti Jones Born

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  10. Rodger Lehman

    LeAnn my condolences to you and your family.

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  11. Paul and Debby Thelen

    To the family, you have our deepest sympathy of losing a great guy. He will be missed!

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