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KROGMEIER, Steven Joseph
Steven Joseph Krogmeier. (Fort Madison, IA, Oct. 24, 1956--The Villages, FL, Dec. 12, 2019)
Let me tell you about Steve. He was many things to many people: husband, father, brother, banker, farmer, mentor, teacher, student, joker, business partner, and friend. He lived the American Dream of being his own boss by starting three business and retiring from his full-time position at DUBUQUE BANK AND TRUST COMPANY after his last venture, Valley Pork, LLC, became successful. He never shied away from hard work, knowing that it built character and did all he could to instill that virtue in the people around him. He was one of the founding members of the DUBUQUE SOCCER ALLIANCE, acting as Treasurer for more than 20 years, and could be regularly seen mowing fields at the DUBUQUE SOCCER COMPLEX.
He enjoyed meeting people and hearing their stories. He was infamous for striking up conversation with strangers to figure out what brought them to that spot, on that day, so he could have the pleasure to talk with them.
“What are you reading now?” was a question that could get you into a 20-minute discussion on World War II, baseball pitchers, cars, pigs, Alice Cooper, or any other random assortment of things you had no idea that you wanted to know.
Above all, Steve was joy. He made the best out of any situation and never let the little things bring him down. Our annual family vacations were often filled with go-carts, banter and baseball games. On one particular trip to St. Louis, he begrudgingly sold his Cards/Cubs tickets -when his family was too hot and exhausted from the day to sit through an entire nine-inning game. He watched the game in the hotel room, eating pizza, watching his children play in the pool, with no complaints and a smile on his face.
He was a role model, believed in playing the hand you were dealt and enjoying the game regardless of the outcome. Through his battle with ALS, he kept his sense of humor. Always quick to make a joke and crack a smile. His laughter was contagious, sometimes not getting to the punchline before he, and everyone in the room, were laughing with him.
He took on ALS with a sense of curiosity and turned it into a learning experience. He enjoyed discussing what he was discovering about the disease and the science behind it. He was one of the few people that would describe leg braces as “neat” due to the engineering and understanding of human physiology that went into them. In order to prevent others from suffering from ALS, Steve donated his body to the Mayo Clinic ALS Research of Jacksonville, Florida as follow-up to his participation in multiple stem cell research studies.
Steve, son of Francis “Charlie” and Mary Krogmeier, was born on October 24, 1956 in Fort Madison, Iowa. Steve is survived by his wife, Jane; three children: Michelle of Brooklyn, New York; Bob (Erin Fitzgerald) of West Branch, Iowa; and Curtis of Swisher, Iowa; two brothers: David (Denise) Krogmeier of Fort Madison, Iowa; Ralph (Collen) Krogmeier of Donnellson, Iowa; and five sisters: Linda (Steve) Bantz of Columbia, Missouri; Irene (Gene) Lucas of Bettendorf, Iowa; Phyllis (Kent) Seymour of Liberty, Illinois; Joan (Roger) Moeller of West Point, Iowa; and Julie (John Head) Davis of Frisco, Texas. There is also a plethora of loving in-laws, nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.