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Steven J. Walsh
(June 29, 1952 - July 9, 2013)

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Steven J. Walsh

Steven J. Walsh, Waldo, greeted his loving mother, Larrie and brother, Rocky, in heaven on July 9, 2013. Steve was born on June 29, 1952 in the Town of Lima, to Robert and Valeria (Larrie) Walsh. He graduated from Sheboygan Falls High School in 1971. On October 1st,1994, he married his soul mate and the love of his life, Beth Baguhn. Reverend Greg Whelton united them in marriage. Steve embraced his family and truly loved and adored his wife, children, and grandchildren. Steve was a proud man who truly enjoyed his passion of farming. Being on his John Deere tractors, tilling the soil, harvesting his crops and providing a bountiful harvest for all were key ingredients of his life. Steve’s passion for the land has been instilled in his children and grandchildren as they enjoy the country living introduced to them. Steve was an active business partner in Walsh Brother’s Farms with his brother, Brian. Together they cropped the Walsh Century Farm along with their own farm, E & S Farms. Steve was always proud of his crops, and rightfully so. He was a perfectionist. Being born into a farm family, hard work and a strong work ethic was instilled in Steve by his parents. This was evident when during his senior year in high school, Steve’s first job was with Schneider’s Cheese where he worked the early shift in the cheese factory, came home, did farm work on the family farm, and then went to high school. He lettered as a Freshmen at Sheboygan Falls High School as a lineman in football. Steve’s post high school education consisted of attending UW-Madison completing certification in the Field Man Short Course addressing Pest Management, Soil Fertility, Planting, and Employee/Employer Relations. He also attended UW-Stevens Point completing certification in Test Management and Crop Protection. He attended LTC Cleveland and was certified in welding. Steve’s love of the outdoors and the land also was evident his career. Steve worked for the Larson Canning Company where he worked long hours overseeing the harvesting of the crops as a Field Supervisor. Steve supervised pea and sweet corn production, and planting and harvesting of the crops. As a Field Supervisor, he had a perfect record with no injuries. Steve was very talented and worked full time for the Sheboygan County Highway Department as a Highway Maintenance worker and truck driver for 16 years. Through his county employment, Steve developed close friendships with his co-workers. Steve was respected by all for his strong work ethic and his desire to lead by example. At the young age of 16, Steve was racing cars at KK Speedway in Milwaukee. Following his love of racing and motors, he built his first (of many) Harley Davidson Choppers at the age of 18. In his youthful years, Steve was known for his ability to restore and refurbish classic cars to their original look. Steve restored many cars and motorcycles throughout the years. In recent years, he proudly restored a 1968 Step-Side Chevy truck, 1956 Chevy Bel-Air, 1967 Ford Galaxie convertible, and a 1940 Plymouth Coupe. He was often referred to as “Hell on Wheels.” Steve and Beth enjoyed touring on their Harley throughout the states, including many western trips through Yellowstone National Park, to Oregon to visit his cousins, and to California to see the Pacific Ocean. Steve’s other passions in life involved the outdoors. He enjoyed any type of hunting and fishing. The peacefulness and tranquility of the outdoors gave him peace and happiness and blended with his love of the land. His other hobbies included sturgeon spearing and hunting with his son, Ryan, his father Bob, and with his brothers, Pat, Dave, Brian, and Rocky. He enjoyed snowmobiling, fishing, and logging the timber with his father and brothers for Walsh Logging. He especially enjoyed the roar of his Harley. Besides these hobbies, his other interests were history and guns. Steve knew everything about history and the genealogy of the Walsh family. Steve and Beth recently traveled to Ireland where they researched the Walsh family history. Regarding guns, Steve knew more than most gunsmiths and had the unique ability to tell you much about a gun just by looking at it. Reverting back to his constant interest in cars, motorcycles, motors, and racing, Steve also raced modified stock cars with his brother, Pat, at the Plymouth EWSCA dirt track for several years. Steve drove car #52. Steve and Pat worked endless hours building competitive cars. Steve and Beth’s enjoyment of the outdoors led them to enjoying time at their northern retreat in the U.P., affectionately referred to as “South Park”. Steve enjoyed and loved time with his wife and children. He faithfully followed Lizzie, Lisa, and Ryan through their active high school careers. He was a constant source of encouragement and guidance and carried this support through to his grandchildren, Lydia, Jonah, Isabella, and Delaney. His grandchildren enjoyed time spent with Grandpa and seeing him on his John Deere tractors. Steve is survived by his loving wife and partner, Beth, children Lizzie (Jerod) Voskuil, Lisa (Matt) Wisse, Ryan Walsh (Katie Niedfeldt). Grandchildren, Lydia and Jonah Voskuil, and Isabella and Delaney Wisse. He is also survived by his father, Robert Walsh, and siblings, Sally (Brian) Korff, Susan Walsh (Mark Thompson), Pat (Kathleen Stewart) Walsh, Dave (Cheryl) Walsh, Brian (Connie) Walsh, Marilyn (Peter) Mersberger, and Jenny (Dave) Collins. He is further survived by nieces and nephews, Jesse, Corey (Laura Ubbelohde) and Kyle (Socheat Proum) Korff, Frederik and Jaquline Sprewell, Evelina Stewart, Heather(Derek) Howard, Phillip Walsh (Andrea Robinson), Clinton (Carol) Walsh, Justin Walsh (Megan Kerscher, special friend),Meredith Walsh, Josh Mersberger, Zach Mersberger (Casie Brooks, special friend), Sara (Eric) Posner and Katie Collins. He is further survived by great nieces and nephews, Justin and Austin Korff, Janiessa, Laurina, and Angelina Grady, Emriq Stewart, Isla Wilson, Kaylee and Teagan Walsh, Owen Walsh, Issac Posner, and Sophia Collins. Steve is also survived by Dorthea Miller, Rebecca and Todd Wilber, Scott Baguhn, Ryan (Jenny) Wilber, and Eric Wilber, Brian Baguhn, Olivia Baguhn, Cathy and Carl Reeverts, Glenn Miller, and Ron and Henrietta Miller. Steve is survived also by many relatives, friends, and his special dog, Buddy, who spent endless hours with Steve in his workshop. Family members greeting Steve in heaven are his beloved mother, Valeria (Larrie) Walsh, brother Rocky Walsh, and Robert Walsh, Junior. Beth’s family members meeting Steve are Reverend Dean Roy Miller and Norman Baguhn. The family will greet relatives and friends at Suchon Funeral Home in Plymouth on Monday, July 15th, 2013 from 1-7:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Father Wayne Bittner presiding. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund will be established in Steve’s name. Contributions made to Steve’s memorial fund will be used to support area conservation interests and needs.

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