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. www.methvenfuneralhome.com