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june 28, 1971 – january 9, 2024
Steven Thomas Poettker, a cherished husband, devoted father, dear grandfather, passed away on January 9, 2024, at the age of 52. Born on June 28, 1971, in Cincinnati, Ohio, Steve’s journey through life was marked by love, dedication, and a passion for both his family and his profession.
As the fourth generation of a family of farmers, Steve’s love for the land and farming was nurtured from an early age. He took great pride in his family business and spent countless hours tending to the fields and passing down the wisdom of generations before him.
Beyond farming, Steve’s impact extended to the world of sports. He not only coached travel and school baseball, softball, and basketball teams but also fostered growth, camaraderie, and sportsmanship in the young players he mentored. Steve’s passion for coaching was evident in his unwavering commitment to his athletes, instilling in them the values of teamwork and perseverance that he held dear.
Professionally, Steve thrived in the construction industry, spending over 15 years with Fischer Homes. In his 30 plus years in the industry he began as a framer, moving into home building, supervisor, where he was able to showcase his exceptional skills, which quickly advanced him to the position of Divisional Construction Manager. Steve’s unwavering dedication and expertise enabled him to leave an indelible mark on each project he undertook, earning him respect and admiration from colleagues and clients alike.
Family was the cornerstone of Steve’s life. He adored his beloved wife, Beth, with whom he shared the joys and challenges of life’s journey. He was a loving and proud father to his children, Alli (Travis), Megan (Brady), Mathew, and Eric, instilling in them the importance of family values and the pursuit of their passions. Additionally, Steve found immeasurable joy in being a doting grandfather to his grandchild, Kyler.
Steve’s meat freezer, vegetable freezer, and fruit freezer were constantly stocked, ready to enjoy or share a homecooked, homegrown meal, followed up with the taste of a delicious pie.
Steve shared a deep and special bond with his late grandparents, Dorothy and Willie, whose wisdom and guidance shaped the man he became. Their memory lived on within him, serving as a source of strength and inspiration throughout his life.
Today, as we mourn the loss of Steve’s physical presence, let us remember the vibrant and radiant soul that he was. May his memory continue to be a source of comfort and inspiration for all who knew him. Steve’s spirit will forever echo in the hearts of those fortunate enough to have shared in his incredible journey.
A celebration of Steve’s life, love, and legacy will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2024, at Pebble Creek Golf Course, 9799 Prechtel Road, 45252. Visitation 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM. Service 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM. Burial will follow in the Garden of Trinity at The Arlington Memorial Gardens, 2145 Compton Road, 45231. Family and friends are warmly invited to come together to honor his memory, share stories, and pay tribute to a remarkable man who brought light and joy into the lives of many.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to Hoxworth Blood Center https://foundation.uc.edu/donate/hoxworth or Farm Rescue https://farmrescue.org/ in memory of Steve’s life.
Rest in peace, dear Steve. Your presence will be deeply missed, but your spirit will forever guide and inspire us.
Saturday, January 20, 2024 at 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Pebble Creek Golf Course, Restaurant & Event Center
Saturday, January 20, 2024 at 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Pebble Creek Golf Course, Restaurant & Event Center
“I met Steve through work at Fischer Homes when he was a field manager a long time ago. He was always a caring friend and was always so nice to our guys. I’m so sorry for your loss and we will be praying for the entire family through this difficult time. He will be missed!!!”
“Steve and I met at Live Oaks our Senior Year in the Animal Science program when he transferred there. He was such an awesome person and great friend. So many great memories of working in the barn they had at school. The wheel barrel rides and that mean Ram that always chased after us. The trips to the farm and all the parties with friends. Steve was caring and always made people laugh. You will be truly missed! Rest in peace Steve! My thoughts and prayers go out to his Family!”
“Steve and I went to high school together and reconnected on Facebook a few years ago. He was a great friend. Steve prayed for me often and I will continue to pray for his family. Thank you for your stories and your friendship you are already missed by so many. Fly high my friend.”
“I am beyond sad by Steve’s passing. He was one of the happiest and loving souls I have ever known. May he rest in peace with his heavenly family.”
“Steve was a good friend, him and I have a few dealings in hogs and farm junk, I know how much he loved his family and the farm he lived on, he took pride in whatever he did. I love and will miss you Steve, you were so young. Your with God now so enjoy my friend. My heart go’s out to Beth and his family. Love you brother”
“I did not get to know Steven nearly long enough. His sheep were the doorway to a growing friendship. God needed another shepherd but we will miss him here, very much.”
“We have known Steve for a very long time. Our hearts are broken for Beth and his children. May they find peace in their hearts, remembering how much their Dad loved them, and his love for raising beautiful sheep and hogs. Many will miss Steve for he was truly a wonderful man.”
“Steve and I went to grade school together and reconnected later in life as adults. He and I were wonderful friends. He helped cultivate my love for Cowgirl hats and boots. 😍 I love and miss him already. Take your rest buddy. 💔”
“I am so sorry for the loss of your dear loved one. He was a wonderful man and I am so thankful I got to meet him and all your family through your beautiful daughter, Megan. I hope knowing that so many are praying for you will bring some comfort during this difficult time.”
“What a great person, I was fortunate enough to have worked with Steve during his time with Fischer Homes. He will surely be missed.”