Stephen 'Steve' Schaapveld
January 14, 1953 - January 3, 2022

Stephen 'Steve' Schaapveld

Stephen 'Steve' Schaapveld
Jan 14, 1953 - Jan 3, 2022

Stephen 'Steve' Schaapveld

MUSCATINE, Iowa - Stephen Schaapveld, 68, of Muscatine, passed away on Monday, January 3, 2022, at Trinity Rock Island Hospital.

Private family only for a celebration of life will be held at 2:00 pm until 3:00pm at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home on Thursday, January 6, 2022. Private Rosary will be held at 3:00 pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to St. Mary's Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at

Steve was born on January 14, 1953, in Muscatine, the son of Raymond Joseph and Deloris Marie Witte Schaapveld. He married JoAnn Laughlin on December 23, 1978, at Zion Lutheran Church.

Steve worked as a general manager under Tom Foster at aerial platform rental company.

Steve was a member of Ss. Mary Mathias Parish. He was an avid Iowa Hawkeye football and basketball fan. Steve enjoyed golfing, reading, and spending time with his brother, Joe, at the garage bar. He always looked forward to Facetiming with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, JoAnn; one son, Alex Schaapveld and his wife, Rebecca, of Colorado; two grandchildren, Asher and Arlo Schaapveld; six siblings, Ronald Schaapveld and his wife, Michelle, Joseph Schaapveld, Diane Strong, Karen Schaapveld, Mary Bartenhagen, and Debra Ferreira and her husband, Diego; niece, Trisha Brooks and her husband, Matt, of Milan, Illinois; special grandchildren, Dylan, Kadynce, Kaffrey, and Mylo; and many nieces and nephews.

Steve is preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Richard and Wayne Schaapveld.


Dan Paetz on Jan 11, 2022

What a nice man...I have such nice memories of Steve and Alex....what a joy to be around...he loved his wife and family dearly..prayers and the comfort only Jesus can bring to all of you...Blessings and Love....

Kathy and John Witte on Jan 9, 2022

We were very saddened to hear of Steve's passing. The family will be in our thoughts and prayers. John and Kathy Witte

Linda L Swafford on Jan 8, 2022

Schaapveld Family, we are sending our deepest sympathy. We are so sorry for another family loss. Hugs and prayers to you all. Hugs & love Linda & Larry Swafford

D. Smith on Jan 7, 2022

Oh my dear JoAnn I was shocked to see this. You and all of your family and all of the Schaapveld family have my deepest sympathy and prayers. Steve was such a nice guy.
Love and hugs,
Debbie (Bollinger) Smith

Chris Pearson-Masterson on Jan 6, 2022

CandleJoAnn, You have my deepest sympathy and are in my prayers. Hugs to you.

Jan Kays on Jan 6, 2022

JoAnn, Alex and Rebekah,
We are so sorry for your loss JoAnn of your Precious Husband Steve and Alex of your Precious Father! Each of you are in our thoughts and prayers! May God wrap his loving arms around you, Alex, Rebekah and the Family and bring you Peace and Comfort during this difficult time! Steve was a wonderful Husband, Father and Friend and will be deeply missed.
Love, Jim & Jan Kays

Chuck Hersey on Jan 6, 2022

Although I hadn't seen Steve in a few years, I have great memories of him from our days together at Foxx Hy-Reach. We went to lunch together almost every day, usually to the bowling alley down the street from work. We spent many years together working for Tom and whenever I talk to any of the gang from those days, Steve's name always comes up and always results in laughs and memories of good times. Steve was a great guy! Condolences to the Schaapveld family. Steve will be missed and thought of often. RIP old friend.

Doug Parks on Jan 6, 2022

One of the good guys.

Nathan & Yanhong Meyer on Jan 5, 2022

JoAnn, Alex & Rebekah,
We were saddened to hear of Steve's passing and are so sorry for your loss.
Please know we are praying for you and your family during this difficult time.
Steve was a wonderful husband, father and friend. We will miss him.
Love, Nathan & Yanhong

Praying that God’s love enfolds you and comforts you through the pain. I hope He helps you heal from this awful loss.

I’d like to offer my heartfelt sympathies. I was so saddened to hear about the death of your loved one. May their soul rest in peace.
And may God’s love comfort and bless you right now.
Praying for you and your family during this difficult time.

Trisha Lee on Jan 5, 2022

JoAnn, Alex & Rebekah, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We hope that in the coming months, you will remember good times as a family, and begin to heal from your loss. Our prayers are with you all…Tom and Trisha Lee

Diego Ferreira on Jan 5, 2022

JoAnn, Alex and all the Family:

Steve and I went to St.Mary's School together and had fun times growing up and playing recess at 4th St.Park. As time went on, we had the pleasure of our kids growing up and playing sports together. Steve was a very smart individual and a hell of defensive basketball player for MHS, but coaches wanted him to shoot more. I remember celebrating our 40th birthdays together at Costigan's which was a surprise for us both. In his memory, we should all remember the good times.

Tom & Tamela Drake on Jan 5, 2022

JoAnn, Alex, and family we are very sorry for your loss. Steve was a class act and true friend to so many people. We will for ever remember his special smile and laugh that would always make you feel good.
Our thoughts are with you, Tom & Tamela.

Bob Wessels on Jan 5, 2022

I was a longtime school mate, teammate & roommate with Steve. Beginning at Hayes High, over to MHS, MCC & then roommates at UNI. I always looked up to Steve for guidance, wisdom & support. He was one of my closest friends & helped form many of the life choices & crossroads I choose. I got to spend some quality time with him 4 years ago, when I came back for Joe Weiskamp’s last high school games. We reminisced with many old basketball teammates & thoroughly enjoyed the time.
Joanne & Alex: I’m so sorry for your loss, but take solace in the fact that a great person was a cornerstone of your life & he leaves a legacy that will continue with us all. God Bless. Bob Wessels Butte Meadows CA

Dan Schoepf on Jan 5, 2022

JoAnn and Alex, we are sorry to hear of the transition in your lives. We are grateful for the times our paths crossed. We often prayed for you all! We long for God's best in your worlds! Lean on Jesus! Dan Schoepf

Carla and Gene Paxton on Jan 5, 2022

Our heart goes out to his family, he will be missed.

Denise & Wendell Wright on Jan 5, 2022

JoAnn, Wendell and I are sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers.

Denise & Wendell Wright on Jan 5, 2022

Alex & Becca, Wendell and I are so very sorry for your great loss. You are in our prayers.

Carla Davis (Vala) on Jan 4, 2022

JoAnn, I'm so sorry to hear about your husband's passing. I've thought about you over the years. My heart goes out to you now .

Bob Fiedler on Jan 4, 2022

Ron, sorry, to hear about Steve, remember him as one of your little brothers. Spent some good times with you and your brothers and sisters on Green street hill. BobFiedler

kathleen a coker on Jan 4, 2022

JoAnn-Sorry to hear of Steve's passing. Sending you heartfelt thoughts and prayers.
Kathy Coker

Mike Lazio on Jan 4, 2022

Mary & family, I am so sorry to learn of your loss. I remember Steve well. Mike Lazio

Lori Steele on Jan 4, 2022

Joann, Alex and family. Deepest condolences. Sad to hear of Steves passing. Sending my love and prayers to you all

Joseph "Joe" Noll In Dubuque Iowa on Jan 4, 2022

Our condolences. Many years ago our foamily, parents Ted and Alice Noll, spent time with the Schaapveld family. Steve was younger by 10 years than his brother Ron who was my class mate at Hayes Catholic graduating in 1961. I remember having good times together with the entire family. He was too young to pass. Thoughts and prayers for his family.

Peggy White on Jan 3, 2022

Joann, I’m so sorry for your loss. I know how hard it is to lose a spouse. I am praying for peace for you and your family. Peggy (Hoffmann) White

Jane Daufeldt on Jan 3, 2022

God bless the Schaapveld family! Special condolences to Joe!

Peg Koch Breon on Jan 3, 2022

So very sorry to hear the news about Steve. He was a special friend to me. My heartfelt sympathy to the entire family. You will be in my prayers during this difficult time. RIP Steve.

Michael Haley on Jan 3, 2022

Thank you Carol Anthony for reaching out to me with this terrible news. I too meet Steve while attending St. Mary's grade school. I moved a great deal and missed several grades as a result. When I returned to St. Mary's we simply picked uo where we left off. I remember when we were kids Sombrero's we popular for a bit. We all wore one. I bet we are happy there are not pictures. Steve and I along with Diego Ferreira would ride bikes up and down the hills near St. Mary's. Oh what fun. Steve was so skilled, smart and kind. I had hoped to see him at the 50th High School Reunion but was told he was not well. I will miss him. Mike Haley-Reno, Nevada

Julie and Tim Long on Jan 3, 2022

JoAnn and Alex, we are so sorry to hear that Steve has passed away. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all. May he Rest In Peace and may you keep all of your memories close to your heart. Tim and Julie Long.

Carol Anthony on Jan 3, 2022

I am heartbroken at this news. I met Steve in Kindergarten at St. Mary's grade school. I still remember our meeting. He was very shy, and I immediately loved him. We helped each other with classes, especially math and spacial awareness. When I was a cheerleader at MHS, I watched him excel at basketball and academics, and was proud of him for his accomplishments. We were friends most of our school days, going to the same university. I looked for him every class reunion, and we would hang out together and reminisce. I looked for him at our 50th reunion this past September, 2021, and he was not there. I missed him and asked about him. This is a great loss to me. Steve always felt like part of my entire life calendar, although I never told him that. My heartfelt condolences to his family and to JoAnn and Alex. - Carol Anthony

Lois Weggen Bevan Powell on Jan 3, 2022

JoAnn, Alex and family I am sorry to learn of Steve’s passing. My
Thoughts and prayers are with you. May Steve Rest In Peace.



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