- October 12, 1948 - October 24, 2013
- Iron River, Michigan
of Stephen's Passing
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“I feel horrible for not making it up there to help celebrate Steve's life. I feel worse for losing touch with Steve Jr., Scotty and the rest of the...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Joe Garcia Jr. - Lansing, MI
“I met Mr. Steve Shepich back in the mid 1970's when I received counseling from him here in Iron Mountain. I was in my early 20's and was seeking...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Pauline Williams - Iron Mountain, MI
“Kathie and I knew Steve and Joe through our good common friends Greg and Debbie Bastian. We were very fond of Steve and his infectious personality. ...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Guy and Kathie Owens - Norway , MI
“My condolences to family and freinds. Steve and I shared a room in Gant Hall at Northern Michigan University 1967/68; but lost touch over the years...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Randy Girard - Marquette, MI
“Steve was a former colleague in the Michigan House of Representatives and before that we interacted through his position as an analyst on budget...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Tom Mathieu - Roverview, FL
“Dear Jo & Family,
I would like to share a very found memory of mine that Jo & Steve played a part in.
My Steve and I walked together the...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Leila Phillips - Iron River, MI
“My husband and I are so sorry to hear of Steve's passing. He was the second person we met in Iron River who truly welcomed us and made us feel like...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Juianna Wostyn - Algonac, MI
“I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Steve. He had always placed our community first and this area will never forget that. The RV park at the time...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Rex A. Angeli - Iron River, MI
“You'll be missed ... thanks for your contribution and promotion to all our local musicians. My deepest sympathy to your family...you fought the good...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Paul Sundquist - Kenosha, WI
“although i havenot been in contact with steve in years, the thought of him will always be a pleasant one! from the fast-pitch softball, to...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: dave sundquist - MI
Stephen V. "Steve" Shepich, 65, of Iron River, died peacefully at his home
on Camp Lake, with his loving wife Jo, by his side.
Steve was born October 12, 1948 in Stambaugh, MI, the son of Nancy
(Jacobson) Shepich and the late Victor Shepich. He graduated from
Stambaugh High School in 1966 and was an all U.P. running back. At the
age of 17, Steve attended Northern Michigan University on a football
scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in social work in
1972. For the next ten years, he worked as a Community Mental Health
Counselor in Iron River and Iron Mountain. Steve furthered his education
at Michigan State University where he obtained his Master's Degree in
public administration. He was employed as a budget analyst for the
Michigan House Fiscal Agency, overseeing budgets for the DNR and the
Department of Agriculture. In 1993, he was elected to the Michigan House
of Representatives, serving the 110th District. Steve was proud to be
regarded as a staunch liberal Democrat. He believed in fighting for the
underdog and in preserving and protecting our natural environment. Steve
never forgot his UP roots and valued his Iron County community. He played
a significant role in obtaining funding to develop the Apple Blossom
Trail, the Caspian Ski Hill and current City Hall, and the Iron River RV
In 1995, after moving back to Iron County, Steve met the love of his
life, Jo Werner, and together they created and developed The Depot
Restaurant & Bakery in two renovated Long Island train cars. In 1999
Steve & Jo were married in Cozumel, Mexico. They were blessed to return
to Mexico each year after that, to bask in the sunshine and celebrate
their love for each other. In 2005, they completed the historic
renovation of the 1914 Train Station and opened "The Station" - a local
establishment committed to promoting live music, sports of all kinds,
good fun, good food, and a nice place for people to gather. Steve often
joked that he had finally found the perfect job - bartending at The
Station - watching and talking sports, listening to live music, serving
drinks, and most of all connecting with people. He had the special gift
of making people feel at ease and made friends easily with people from
all walks of life. People gravitated towards him because of his big heart
and his infectious smile.
Steve was a storyteller and a good one. He loved history and how it
connected us. He could remember incredible details - and he could pull
the most amazing facts out of his brain that would astound people. He had
a passion for baseball - It was his favorite sport. As a boy, on warm
summer nights, he listened to Detroit Tiger games on a transistor radio.
Later on, he played fast pitch softball and told stories about that time
in his life, that would make you howl with laughter.
Music was a huge part of Steve's life and he was drawn to the Motown
Sound, the Beatles, Barry White, The Four Seasons, Johnny Rivers, Marvin
Gaye, James Taylor, The Eagles, and Roy Orbison. He couldn't sing and he
couldn't play an instrument - but he could dance and had incredible
Steve loved and treasured his family. He often talked about "winning the
parent lottery" - being raised by such a loving and involved Mom & Dad.
He adored his three brothers and was so proud of the fact that each of
them - "just small town guys from Caspian" achieved their Masters Level
College degrees. His children and his grand daughters were the absolute
joy of his life. He cherished his time with all of them. His perfect day,
was out on the lake on his pontoon boat, or sitting in front of the
fireplace, surrounded by friends and family.
In June 2011, Steve was diagnosed with Acute Myloid Leukemia. In January
2012, he was the tenth person at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN to
receive a double umbilical cord stem cell transplant. He battled the
disease with fortitude and bravery, and never lost his sense of humor. He
embraced each day as a gift and learned to truly live in the moment. He
was an real inspiration to many people and will be greatly missed by all
who knew him.
Steve is survived by his wife, Jo; his mother, Nancy of Caspian,
children, Stacie (Grant) Stanton of Barrington, IL, Steven M. (Jackie)
Shepich of Iron River,
Scott M. (Shelby) Shepich of Gwinn, Seth Werner Turvey of Slidell, LA and
Shawn Werner Turvey of Lajitas, TX; three brothers, John (Linda) Shepich
of Ludington, MI, Gary (Mary) Shepich of Plainwell, MI, and Paul (Diane)
Shepich of Livonia, MI; two granddaughters, Lucy and Maria Stanton;
several nieces and nephews; two sister-in-laws Darby Werner of Scotts
Valley, CA, Mimi Werner of Polson,MT; brother-in-law Ted (Alexis) Werner
of Rialto, CA; and special friends, Greg & Debbie Bastian of Spread
Eagle, WI, Kim Collier-Hartjes & Greg Hartjes of Long Lake, WI, and Paul
& Joy DeNicola of Iron River, MI.
There will be a Celebration of Life to honor Steve, on Saturday, November
9th, 1pm at The Station, in Iron River. Pastor Dawn Treado Green from the
First Presbyterian Church of Iron County will officiate.
"In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to "The Steve Shepich Memorial"
which will go towards a memorial bench on the Apple Blossom Trail.
Donations may be sent to PO Box 82/Iron River or made directly to the
Co-Vantage Credit Union account in Iron River."
Condolences may be expressed to the family of Stephen "Steve" Shepich online at http://www.nashfuneralhome.net/.
The family has entrusted the Nash Funeral Home of Crystal Falls with the arrangements.