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Carl Steffen, 63, of Sandstone, Minn., formerly of Duluth passed away on Jan. 10, 2017 unexpectedly in St. Mary's Hospital surrounded by his family.

Carl was born to Howard and Betty Steffen on Dec. 20, 1953.

He grew up in the Duluth area, graduating from Morgan Park High School in 1972. Carl then went on to attend and graduate from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. On March 31, 1979 Carl wed his wife Bev in Elim Lutheran Church in Duluth. Carl worked for the Minnesota State Patrol for over 30 years. He was a very accomplished K9 Officer, which he considered a highlight of his career. Carl was not a person to sit still, during his retirement he was part of the East Central Theater, Mayor of Sandstone, a member of the Sandstone Lions, and an active member of Grace Lutheran Church. He loved to spend time at the family cabin in Crosslake, Minn. Carl enjoyed many things in life, such as having his morning coffee out on the deck, running, fishing, cross country skiing, swimming, and golf. Carl also had a special love for dogs. Watching his children and his grandchildren's activities brought a tremendous joy to Carl's life.

Carl was preceded in death by his father, Howard.

He is survived by his wife, Bev; his children, Anne (Hook) Sandstrom; Diana (Jeff) King, Ashley (Fiance` Brian Syers); grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Brianna Sandstrom, Max and Emma King; mother, Betty; sister, Karen (Bob) Usitalo; many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

CELEBRATION OF LIFE: 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 in the East Central High School in the gym. A visitation is planned from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 in the East Central High School Auditorium. The address of East Central High School is 61085 State Highway 23, Finlayson, Minn.

Arrangements by Methven Funeral Home of Sandstone, MN.

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Sorry to hear Carl passed. I grew up next door to him and he was a very nice person.
I remember Carl and his sister Karen as my students at Morgan Park High School. I'm sorry for your loss. He was too young.
I am very sad to hear of Carl's unexpected passing. I went to high school with him; he was one of the nicest, kindest guys ever! There was always a smile on his face.
My deepest sympathy to Carl's family and friends. Went to school with Carl through Riverside Elementary, Morgan Park and UMD.
My condolences to the family. I knew Carl in high school, played sports with him, and on occasion would run into him around the Sandstone area. Certainly a quality human being who brought honor to the law enforcement profession. A real salt of the earth kind of guy, someone I was privileged to know.
To the Steffen family. We are deeply saddened by the news of your loss. Our most sincere condolences. (high school class of '72)
My deepest sympathy to the entire Steffen Family. I grew up in Smithville with Carl and Karen and have so many great memories of playing in the backyard with the swing that went over the creek. Carl Steffen is a great man, who was always kind, respectful, and of pure heart. Gone way too soon but I shall say a prayer when I pass Sandstone for his family. Sincerely, Monica Rubin
Carl was one of Sandstone's best assets and I was thrilled when he was elected Mayor! His responsiveness, positive attitude and good humor were so very appreciated. I've moved away but am so sad for the community nonetheless.
Grew up with Carl and Karen. He was a great guy.
My sincere condolences to Carl's family. In high school he was always a lot of fun to be around with his huge smile and lots of laughter.
I can't remember seeing Carl without that million dollar smile. He was a class act. My condolences to the Steffen family.
I enjoyed working with you,Carl. I'll see you later.
So sorry to hear of Carl's passing. He was such a great guy with an instant smile and a hearty laugh. When he was working as a trooper, I was teasing him about not giving me a ticket if he caught me speeding! I was a classmate of Carl's at Morgan Park High School - "We are so great; there are so good as the ones from '72!!!" Carl was one of the best. Rest in are in our thoughts and prayers...Kathy (Pulczinski) and Rick Nelson