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Stephen Schuneman

Published: Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 1:13 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 5:28 p.m. CDT

BRADFORD — Stephen C. Schuneman, 65, formerly of Bradford, passed away at his home in Henderson, Nev., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Steve was born in Fayette, Iowa, on April 15, 1947, to Bernard “Ben” and Byrdena Schuneman. On April 7, 1972, he married Charlene Baldwin, who survives him.

Also surviving are four children, sons George Schuneman of Seattle, Wash., and Benjamin Schuneman of Las Vegas, Nev., and daughters Kitra Schuneman of Henderson, Nev., and Keely (Dan) Thornton of Boulder, Colo. One precocious 2-year-old granddaughter, Kinley Ann Thornton, also survives.

Steve was the second of seven children born to Ben and Byrdena Schuneman. Also surviving him are his mother, Byrdena Schuneman-Baugh of Bradford; four brothers, Forrest “Frosty” (Julie), Chris (Debbie), Bernie Joel (Nancy) and Brian (Andrea) Schuneman; and two sisters, Mary (Gary) Reed and Lorna (Don) Code; as well as many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was bigger than life to all of us, and he will be remembered with love, laughter and tears. He was preceded in death by his father, Ben Schuneman, who no doubt met him joyfully at Heaven’s Gates.

Steve graduated from Bradford High School, attended Iowa State University, and proudly served his country in the Vietnam conflict. He remained loyal to his Chicago Cubs through thick and thin … mostly thin.

He was a loving husband, father, son and brother, and a “crazy-about-her” grandpa.

A memorial service will take place on Sept. 24 in Boulder City, Nev., with full military rites being accorded.

Memorials may be made to either the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund or the American Cancer Society.

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