Steven P. Stang

Steven P. Stang
July 29, 1981 – January 9, 2020

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Linneus and Virginia Stang, and, Ron and Brownie Gass. He is survived by his daughter, Stella; parents, Dan and Debbie Stang; sister, Lindsay Pape (Paul), their children, Xander, Dresden and Gideon; brother, Dan Stang (Stephanie), their children, Gia, Taiven and Finley; sister, Jenna Stang (William Hess), their children, Elliott and Ramona.

Family will receive friends Thursday, January 16, from 6-8pm at the West Center Chapel. Family Interment in Evergreen. Memorials are suggested to the Stella Stang Education Fund.

Steve was born in 1981 in Omaha, Nebraska, and grew up in the close-knit Stony Brook neighborhood in Millard. His childhood days were filled with cruising the streets on bikes and motor scooters with his buddies, maintaining a demanding paper route, swimming in the backyard pool, and, Steve’s favorite, riding dirt bikes. He thoroughly enjoyed racing his blue Yamaha or green Kawasaki in the local motocross circuit, and he accumulated a number of trophies as a result this passion. Intermingled in this Midwestern childhood paradise were numerous family vacations to Estes Park.  These visits helped sculpt Steve’s love of the beautiful Colorado mountains, as well as his next lifelong passion: snowboarding.

After graduating from Millard South High School, he packed up his belongings and convinced his best friend, Brian Bayle, to move with him to Denver. While it was a fun adventure, the challenges of a new town and life far away from home ultimately led Steve back to Omaha. Upon returning, Steve decided to pursue another passion: cooking, and enrolled at MCC in the Culinary Arts program. While earning his degree, Steve worked as a server at Charleston’s restaurant where he met his future wife, Stacey. Again the draw of the mountains was strong, and this led the young couple to pick up and settle in Fairplay, CO.  It was in this little mountain town where the light of his life, his daughter Stella, was welcomed into the world. Steve, Stacey, and Stella remained in Fairplay for a short time, before Steve and Stacey decided to separate and return to Omaha. Steve’s time back home would be the final chapter of his life, dotted with many personal challenges as well as some truly joyous times watching his young daughter flourish. Those closest to Steve will remember his quick wit, mischievous nature, eye for fashion, and love for gourmet food.  He was taken far too soon and will be sorely missed by his friends and family.

15 Comments

  • Joni Lineberry Posted January 11, 2020 9:19 pm

    Dan, Deb and family,
    Our hearts and prayers are with you right now and we can only imagine the pain you are going thru. We love you all so very much and wish we could hold you in person and share your tears. We celebrate the fact that Steve accepted Jesus as his Lord and Saviour… He is out of pain and in heaven right now! And what a BEAUTIFUL place heaven is! We just have to wait a little longer to find out..
    We thank Jesus Christ that Steve accepted Him as his Lord and Saviour and know that Steve is at peace and celebrating in heaven with Jesus.
    We love you all and miss you..
    Joni and Russ ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

  • Jaclyn Elsasser Posted January 12, 2020 9:47 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Steve was a special soul that left an impresssion on all that he encountered. I will cherish the memories I have of playing kick ball in the circle and football in the back yards. Drinking pop and shooting hoops until the street lights came on. I pray that he has found peace in his new home. He will forever be missed and remembered well. Love, Jackie Stewart Elsasser

  • Rob and Paula Wennstedt and family Posted January 12, 2020 12:28 pm

    Dan, Deb and family, Sending our deepest condolences on Steve’s passing. Remembering the fun times watching the kids ride bikes, play ball etc in the circle. Thinking of all of you and praying for peace and strength during this difficult time.

  • Lori & Pete Barnard Posted January 12, 2020 3:27 pm

    Debbie, Dan and family

    Our thoughts are with you – we pray for peace. We so enjoyed our time with you and Steve in June and talking about Osborne County. We, too, will miss your son – Hold and keep Stella close.

  • Jim & Deb Loder Posted January 12, 2020 4:06 pm

    Dearest Dan and Debbie,

    May God wrap his loving arms around your family with love and support during this extremely difficult time. Jim and I remember all the fun early years with our little blond haired boys running around in the living room playing while we enjoyed our time as parents.. There are very special memories that you will cherish in your hearts forever.

    With Loving prayers,

    Jim and Deb Loder

  • Barbara David Posted January 12, 2020 6:00 pm

    Jenna I am sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. My deepest condolences for you and all of your family.

  • Roger and Kate Oshima Posted January 12, 2020 7:51 pm

    No words can express the sorrow we feel for the loss of Steve. We know he has found the peace that eluded him on this earth. Stella will always carry the best parts of her dad in her heart and throughout her life. Our prayers and love are sent for your family. during this time of grief.

  • Michelle McMillan & Rob Frazier Posted January 12, 2020 10:56 pm

    To Dan, Debbie & all family members, I had a chance to get to know Steve a bit this past June at Brownies funeral. Thank you for hosting family that evening & giving us the opportunity to allow us cousins to connect & get to know one another a bit. I so enjoyed visiting at length with Steve that evening & admired him so for his transparency about his situation & the challenges he faced. He struck me as a kind & warm hearted individual. He will be dearly missed & our hearts ache for all of you during this difficult time. RIP Steve

  • Patrick Todero Posted January 13, 2020 12:25 pm

    I am truly sorry for your loss. He sounds like a wonderful man that was loved by many.

  • Anne Luter Posted January 13, 2020 3:44 pm

    Dear Dan and Debbie, I was sorry to hear the news about Steve’s passing. Although it is heartbreaking to lose a son so soon, I am sure God has plans for him in heaven. Keep the faith and know you are all in my prayers.

  • Jerry and Pat Stang Posted January 14, 2020 4:34 pm

    Our deepest sympathy and prayers are sent to Steve’s family. He was a nice young man and enjoyed making meatballs one year. God Bless

  • Bill & jeanette stang Posted January 14, 2020 5:03 pm

    We have truly great memories of Steve…when he was about 8 years old he came up to me and our son Steve at a family reunion…walked right up to Steve and said are you Steve Stang and when Steve responded yes he said…so am I. Cute as could be! A number of years later we ran into him in Colorado and had dinner with him, Stacy, and even Stella. Was a wonderful evening. So, although our total time spent with him was brief he gave us some great memories…times that showed how fun and personal he could be in the absence of his personal failings of which we all have many. Our hearts go out to all his family. Bill and Jeanette

  • Chuck Termini Posted January 15, 2020 9:03 am

    I am truly sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers.
    Sincerely,
    Chuck from the NKCH Pharmacy

  • Pat Travis Posted January 16, 2020 11:05 pm

    Jenna and Bill,
    I was saddened to hear of the death of your brother and friend. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May the many happy memories bring you some peace and consolation! And may the presence of family and friends (and your beautiful girls!) give you a renewed joy. Love to both of you!!!❤️🙏

  • MaryJo Schaefer Petersen Posted January 19, 2020 10:09 am

    You’re in my prayers, I pray His strength to sustain you and that His comfort turns your sorrow to joy. What beautiful condolences have been written by others, it reflects your beautiful son and your family. God Bless You.

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