Steven Gutzmer, 64

Steven Willard Gutzmer, 64, of St. Benedict, died suddenly on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013.

Steven was born on February 8, 1949, in Red Wing, a son of Willard and Delores (Winterfeldt) Gutzmer Haynes. His childhood years were spent in Excelsior, later on a farm in Wayzata, and then Maple Plain, where Steve was a graduate of Orono High School in 1967. Sports were a big part of high school for Steve. He married Judy Molskness in 1968. In 1970, Steve was drafted into the U. S. Army. Steve and Judy were stationed in Maryland before being transferred to Frankfurt, Germany. After his time in service, they moved to Owatonna. Later they moved to Belle Plaine where he worked at FABCON in Savage and was a member of the Belle Plaine Fire Department. In the late 80’s, Steve was involved with the Branding Iron, and later moved to Jordan and worked for Dynafab/Kurt Manufacturing. He married Patricia Tagtow in 1996. In 1998, he left Kurt Manufacturing in Jordan to work in Winsted at SJF Material Handling. Early in 2003, Steve went on his own starting up his own company, SWG Automation Solutions. Pat and Steve shared 26 years together, residing for many of them between Jordan and New Prague in St. Benedict. Steve enjoyed fishing, playing cards, dancing and socializing. Sports were a big part of his life, as he followed the St. Benedict baseball team, the Minnesota Twins, Wild, Vikings, Gophers and local high school teams.

He is survived by his wife; a son Jeffrey (Stacey) Gutzmer, Jordan; grandchildren Brandon, Aiden, Ty and Logan; Jeff's mother Judy Gutzmer, Belle Plaine; his wife; stepchildren Rhonda (Emil) Kraska, New Market, Chris Stangler, Owatonna, Kurt Stangler, Minneapolis, Candice (Eric) Menge, Shakopee; eight step-grandchildren Carmen, Katie, Stacey, Joseph, Derek, London, Tanner, Makayla; sisters Georgette Kearin, Belle Plaine, Kathryn McCann, Minneapolis; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by a daughter Tricia; his parents; stepfather Max Haynes; infant brothers Jerry John and Stanley Lloyd; and brother-in-law Robert “Bob” Kearin.

An informal gathering and service will be held Tuesday, April 16, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home in Jordan. Military honors will be provided by the Jordan Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorials are preferred.