What a jolt it was to me to hear of Steve's passing. It has taken me a while to write this tribute because he was such a good friend and peer for so many years. We laughed through the years via work and continued through the social media after our retirements. Darn I am really gonna miss those almost daily emails. R.I.P. My dear friend!
MUSCATINE, Iowa -- Steven James Poock, 75, passed away suddenly at his home on August 23, 2017.
His life celebration will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 26, 2017, at the First Presbyterian Church in Muscatine with the Rev. Dr. Pamela Saturnia presiding. Visitation and lunch will follow at the First Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Muscatine. A private burial will take place at a later date. The Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences: www.wittichfuneralhome.com
He was born to Arnold H. and Evelyn Grace Tiesinger Poock on January 6, 1942, in Iowa City. The family settled in Monticello, Iowa. He was awarded the honor of Eagle Boy Scout.
Steve worked his way through college and graduated twice from Iowa State University earning degrees in Microbiology and Food Technology. He was a member of Adelante Fraternity where he was social chairman.
He met Arlen Long in chemistry class at ISU; a spark was ignited. They were married on July 24, 1965, in Boone, Iowa. They recently celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary with family.
He pursued a long career at Grain Processing Corporation where he was in technical starch sales. He retired in 2005.
In his more youthful days, Steve loved kayaking, canoeing, and horseback riding with his family. He truly enjoyed camping trips with buoyant friends and his children.
Steve is remembered for his kindness, fairness, humbleness, and sense of humor. Persistence is his most influential life lesson he bestowed to his children.
He is survived by his wife, Arlen Poock; and two children, Brandon Poock of Muscatine, and Melanie (Tom) Morgan, of Coralville; two grandchildren, Elizabeth Grace and Benjamin Paul Morgan; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Carl and Laurie Long of Madrid; and cousins, Dave (Doreen) Lechner and Shirley Merner of Cedar Falls.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, Gary Poock.
Sorry to hear about your loss. I liked running into Steve from time to time we would always talk about what was going on. When someone I know passes I think about how they were in my life even if it was years ago at a place we both worked. To Steve's family you have my sincere sympathy in your loss. respectfully Terry
Much sympathy to all the family. Many good memories of Steve as part of our high school class of 1960. Have included a picture of Steve at our reunion in 2015.
Arlen- thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I have lots of great memories growing up of spending time at your house and Steve taking us to Cedar Valley Stables! He has a beautiful soul.
What a great character! He will be missed.
Arlen, I am so very sorry to learn of Steve's sudden passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Nadine
I am so sorry for your loss. I will surely miss the interesting emails I would receive from Steve. My prayers are with you Arlen and your family.
We are shocked and saddened to learn of Steve's death. Our prayers and deepest sympathy are with all of you. Dan and Alice Huss
Melanie, the Shimek Teachers and Staff send our condolences to you and your family during this difficult time. In honor and name of your father, we have made a $40 donation to a local Boy Scout Troop.
brandon Melanie and mrs.poock I'm so sorry for your loss! I never met Steven but graduated with Melanie and Brandon worked for me at happy joes when he was in high school sending you prayers and love!
Great memories of many camping and canoeing adventures throughout the years. Great sense of humor. He will be mised. May he rest in peace.
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