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Steve Schluender, 55

Steve Schluender, 55, rural Pillager, died Friday, January 2, 2009 at his home in Sylvan Township.

Steve was born August 24, 1953 in Alexandria to Lawrence and Darlene Schluender. He was raised in Osakis and graduated from Osakis High School. He obtained a bachelor's degree from Bemidji State University and was a heavy equipment operator and worked for several construction companies.

He worked at Central Lakes College - Staples Campus as a heavy equipment instructor for 26 years until his retirement in August of 2008.

He loved his family and granddaughter. He enjoyed motorcycling, camping, ice fishing, traveling and reading.

Steve is survived by his wife, Wendy; mother, Darlene Ibler of Little Falls; two sons, Alex (Nicohle) Schluender of Minneapolis and Grant Schluender of Denver; daughter, Sarah Schluender of St. Paul; brother, Mike Schluender, of River Falls, WI; sister, Barb, (Denny) Fjeld of Little Falls; granddaughter, Adeline Schluender; and his pet lab, Hattie B.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence.

Funeral services were held January 7 at Faith Lutheran Church in Staples with the Rev. Steve Sveom officiating.

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Services were entrusted to Brenny Funeral Home in Staples.