Andrew J. Steyer, 84, of Lincoln, passed away on February 3, 2018. He was
born September 16, 1933 to Frank and Josephine (Furasek) Steyer in Valparaiso,
Andy Steyer lived his life with equal parts fortitude and gratitude, his
personality characterized by easy smiles and abundant kindness. He was the
youngest of five children; the only boy in a farm family that worked hard to
make a good life in rural Nebraska. Later in life, he would reminisce about
those hard-scrabble days, looking back on them with nothing but fondness. His
heartfelt appreciation for what God and good living provided never wavered.
As a young man, Andy enjoyed playing baseball and basketball, but weeks before
his 16th birthday, polio struck, robbing his legs of muscle and strength. The
disease never took his optimism, however, and he defied expectations to walk
again, unassisted, for a great many years.
In 1965, Andy married Ruth (Clark) Harrison, a widow with four young children.
He took to fatherhood like everything else, with a mild manner and good humor,
adopting the four in his heart and becoming their Dad in every way. Within short
order, the family grew by two more children. He took pride in providing a good
life for his family, never splurging on things for himself, but never wanting
for anything either.
It was during this time that Andy left his position at Continental Trailways and
began his public service with the State of Nebraska’s Department of Social
Services. Although he never attended college, Andy earned his way to chief of
accounting for the Department, always able to find the exact paper he needed in
the towering piles on his desk. In 2000, after 33 years of service, Andy retired
to enjoy sunny days on the back deck or in the driveway, visiting with his
family and neighbors.
In the last year of his life, Andy lived at Madonna - St. Jane de Chantal, where
despite health problems, he never complained and instead charmed the staff with
his good nature, lighthearted orneriness, and his unconstrained wheelchair
By his example, Andy left his children and grandchildren a legacy of life
lessons: Choose gratitude, be kind, serve others. And, of course, read the
entire newspaper and recycle everything - even a bent nail can be straightened.
He was devoted to Ruth all the days of his life, with her health and happiness
always at the forefront of his mind.
Andy died Saturday, February 3, 2018, surrounded by his family.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth; four children: Magee Mixan, Geoff (Pat)
Harrison, John (Lisa) Steyer, and Anne (Alan) Phelps; 12 grandchildren: Nate
(Brandie) Bennett, Kara (Tony) Jacobsen, Cadi Mixan, Emily (Mike) Kottwitz, Jim
(Stephanie), Paige, and Noah Harrison, Joel, Ted, Lucy, and Grace Steyer, and
Josie Phelps; five great-grandchildren: Holden and Halle Jacobsen, Vinny and
Cecily Kottwitz, Liesl Harrison; two sisters: Blanche Walla and Rose Walla; many
nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Marie Cuda and Bessie Voboril;
and daughters Kathie Harrison and Chris Bennett.
His family extends sincere thanks to the attentive and kind staff at Bryan East
Campus’ Intensive Care Unit and at Madonna - St. Jane de Chantal; they provided
excellent care with compassion.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 AM on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at St.
Teresa Catholic Church. Fr. Jamie Hottovy will Celebrate. Interment will follow
in the Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be 9 AM - 9 PM on Friday, February 16,
2018 at Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home, 4040 A Street, Lincoln 68510. A
rosary will be said at 6:30 PM on Friday at the funeral home.
IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, memorials suggested to Catholic Social Services of
Southern Nebraska, or masses at St. Teresa Catholic Church or St. John’s
Catholic Church, both in Lincoln.