Steven R. UzzellMarch 19, 1946 ~ December 21, 2020 (age 74)
Funeral Services for Steven R. Uzzell, age 74, of Norfolk, will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 30, 2020, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Norfolk. Chaplain Gordon Braun will officiate. Inurnment will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 29, 2020, at the Home for Funerals Chapel, 708 Georgia Avenue, Norfolk, Nebraska. The Service will be live streamed on the Home for Funerals Facebook Page. Face masks and social distancing will be required at both the visitation and funeral. Home for Funerals is in charge of arrangements.
Steve passed away peacefully on Monday, December 21, 2020, at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk. He worked hard at recovering from a severe bone infection, septic shock episode on Palm Sunday, but his heart was exhausted. One of Steve’s final earthly gifts was to donate his organs to help others.
Steven graduated from College High School in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma State University, in 1969. He went on to work as a feed salesman in Michigan, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, and returned to Nebraska to finish his 42 years of sales. On October 3, 2009, he finished 5 years of study to be a licensed lay minister. Steve served as pastor at New England Congregational Church in Stanton for five years. While there one of the things he was proud of was to have confirmed his granddaughter, Paige Uzzell. He then spent four years as a chaplain at the Madison County Juvenile Detention, sharing his faith with young people. While Steve was doing rehabilitation in Premier Estates in Pierce, Nebraska, Steve ministered to the staff as they dealt with their duties to serve the residents, and others as they called him during his months when the nursing homes were closed to visitors due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Steve married Jane Mehlum Uzzell on June 4, 1977, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. They were blessed with three children. Emily Uzzell Cropper (Nathan) born on the 4th of July, 1981, in Dyersville, Iowa. Janell Uzzell Feenstra (Joshua) born on February 28, 1983, in Ogallala, Nebraska. Benjamin Steven Uzzell (Stacie) born on December 18, 1985, in Ogallala, Nebraska. Emily and Nathan have 2 children, Courtney and GenevaJane. Janell and Josh have 2 children, Kailee and Micah. Ben and Stacie have 4 children, Paige, Cole, Reese, and Grace. Steve appreciated his family members who served in the military. Steve enjoyed going to all his children’s activities, band, track, jazz band, show choir, as they were growing up. He and Jane continued that with his grandchildren’s, school day news, gymnastics, swimming, band, jazz band, show choir, cross country, track and fishing. He was especially grateful for the technology, FaceTime, that allowed visits from them all while he was in the hospital, nursing home, and the last 4 months when he was at home.
Steve is survived by his wife, Jane, children, Emily, Janell, Ben, and their spouses, and his grandchildren, Paige, Cole, Kailee, Micah, Reese, Courtney, Grace, and GenevaJane. He is also survived by his twin sister, Sharon Uzzell Day, of Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Family that preceded him in death are his father, Richard Earl Uzzell, his mother, Rozella Vinita (Souders) Uzzell and his father-in-law, Dean Duane Mehlum.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested for First Congregational United Church of Christ, Norfolk, Nebraska or a charity of your choice.