Mr. Steffens passed away Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009, at Spencer Municipal Hospital in Spencer.
Visitation will begin one hour prior to the services at Warner Chapel in Spencer.
Dennis Ray "Shorty" Steffens, the son of Raymond and Pearl Sass Steffen, was born June 11, 1944 in Hartley. He lived with his family in Hartley for one year, before moving to a farm northeast of Primghar. Shorty received his education at Primghar, graduating from Primghar High School in 1962.
After his schooling, Shorty worked for the Highway Patrol in Northwest Iowa for a few years. He then worked for several businesses in the Midwest, including Topsoil Schoenewe, Kerber Milling, Fitzpatrick's Chevrolet and most recently, Menards. He was well known in the Softball Circuit in northwest Iowa, playing for Cherokee Hamms and later Spencer Budweiser for several years. The pinnacle of his career was when they went to the National Fastpitch Softball Tournament in 1979, when playing for Spencer Bud. Shorty also was well known in high school softball and baseball, working as an umpire for boy's baseball and girl's softball as well as college baseball and softball. He was invited to umpire at the high school state tournament throughout his career.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Larry in infancy.
Shorty is survived by four sons: Todd Steffens and his wife, Rickaya of Spencer, Tom Steffens and his wife, Patty of Spirit Lake, Shon Steffens of Paullina, and Ryan Steffens of Sioux Center; one daughter, Denise Zenkovich and her husband, Joe of Spencer; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two brothers: David Steffens and his wife, Marjorie, and Donald Steffens and his wife, Wanda all of Primghar.
Warner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.