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Dr. Kenneth Andrew Steuer Ph.D.

May 20, 1957 — March 14, 2019


Dr. Kenneth Andrew Steuer, Ph.D., 61, died March 14, 2019, at home in Mattawan, MI. He was born in 1957, in Sayville, NY, the son of Andrew and M. Dorothy "Dot" (Schunk) Steuer.

Ken attended the University of New Hampshire, earning his bachelor's degree in history. He then attended Georgetown University earning a Master of Science in Foreign Service. He later earned an M.A. in political science and eventually a Ph.D. in history from the University of Minnesota. He also studied at the Goethe Institut in Schwabisch Hall, Germany, and at London Guildhall University in the UK. Ken loved to do research, to learn new things and to encourage others to do so. He taught history and international studies at the University of Minnesota, Indiana University, and Western Michigan University during his career. Ken and his family are faithful members of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Kalamazoo. He served as an officer in several congregations as the family moved around the Midwest. Ken was an avid collector of many things, particularly stamps. He also loved coaching his children in various sports including, ringette, softball, and ice hockey. Above all else, Ken loved being with his family. He enjoyed family dinners, conversations, projects and the trips the family took together. He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed making people laugh. He was also a man of singular integrity and honesty.

Surviving are his wife of 24 years, Susan (Burns) Steuer; mother, Dot Steuer; daughters, Jennifer (Brent) Cahill, Magdalena Steuer, and Julianna Steuer; grandchildren, Blaise and Maverick Cahill; sister, Julianna (Ronald) Nelson; brother, Timothy (Christine) Steuer, and other family members and friends. Ken was preceded in death by his father, Andrew Edward Steuer.

Visitation will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 3000 W. Main St., on Monday, March 18, 2019, from 4:00p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor David Sidwell officiating.  Interment will follow in the Almena Cemetery, Paw Paw, MI.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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