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Garnet "Butch" Steadman

June 8, 1947 ~ March 8, 2021 (age 73)


Garnet “Butch” Steadman, age 73 of Grand Haven, passed away on Monday, March 8, 2021 at Butterworth Hospital. He was born on June 8, 1947 in Mount Pleasant, MI to Lyle Steadman and Darline Ferguson. Butch married Gwen Gieske on March 31, 1967 in Claire, MI.

Butch graduated from Claire High School and went on to work at Challenge Machinery for 41 years. He also worked as a Taxi driver for Tri-Cities Cab, Domino’s Pizza for 15 years, and most recently, Mancino’s in Grand Haven for the last 15 years.

Butch was well-known and a familiar face in Grand Haven. Butch loved being outdoors, and liked playing softball for EZ Tire and Challenge Machinery. He also enjoyed spending weekends boating and going on motorcycle trips, and looked forward to the Mt. Garfield Spring Run every year. Butch was also an avid reader who enjoyed relaxing with one of his favorite books.

Butch whole-heartedly believed in supporting local businesses, and would spend his early mornings with his “coffee group” at the Rendezvous. He was known for handing out dog-biscuits to his 4-legged friends around town, and always believed in “Paying-it-Forward.” Butch was a well-loved guy whose familiar presence will be missed by many.

Butch is remembered and missed by his wife of 53 years, Gwen Steadman of Grand Haven; his daughter, Dee-Dee (David) Whipple of Spring Lake; his son, Arthur (Amanda) Steadman also of Grand Haven; seven grandchildren: David, Alexandria, Brenda, Hunter, Justin, Christopher, and Dellaney; his mother, Darline Hitzemann; and his brothers-in-law, Jerry (Linda) Gieske, Jeff (Nancy) Gieske, and Greg (Tinnia) Gieske.

He was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Doris Maple; and sister-in-law, Gail Koster.

A Celebration of Life for Butch will be held this summer, at a later date to be announced.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Garnet “Butch” Steadman Funeral Care Fund on the Donation Tab above.

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Celebration of Life at a later date to be announced


Gwen Steadman, C/O Klaassen Family Funeral Home
1500 Robbins Rd., Grand Haven MI 49417
Tel: 1-616-842-9495

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