In Memory

Ron Stephan

Ronald 'Ron' Stephan

    • Ron Stephan

Ron Stephan


South Sioux City

Ronald S. "Ron" Stephan, 78, of South Sioux City, took his last earthly cruise on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, with his proud, loving family watching his route.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Mohr & Becker-Hunt Funeral Home, with Pastor Fred Sundt officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today, with a Remembrance service beginning at 7 p.m., at the funeral home. Family suggests casual attire be worn, and Hot Rods Welcome. Online condolences can be offered at

Ron was born on March 22, 1941, in Hubbard, Ne., to Samuel S. and Faye V. (Newman) Stephan. He received his education in South Sioux City Public Schools. Ron married Kathleen “Kay” Franks on Nov. 27, 1959, in South Sioux City. He made a career in working at Sturdevant’s Auto Supply, Sioux Plating, Lahann Body Shop, and Stephan Welding. Ron loved his cars, building Hot Rods, watching stock car races with his brother, nephew, and grandson, and cleaning lawn mowers. He was on the Western Iowa Tech Automotive Advisory Board, and a member of the United Methodist Church.

Ron is survived by his wife of 60 years, Kay of South Sioux City; daughters, Tracia Blom of South Sioux City, Terri Lahn and her husband, Eugene of South Sioux City, and Tammi Gorski and her husband, Scott of Sioux City; son, Todd Stephan and his wife, Wendy of Fort Dodge, Iowa; 10 wonderful grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brother, Ralph (Cleo) Stephan of South Sioux City; sisters-in-law, Kay Harder of Ponca, Neb., Barb Stephan of South Sioux City, and Susan (LeRoy) Kotula of Georgia; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and great friends.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Ramona Stephan Rohde; brother, Richard Stephan; and mother-in-law, Pearl Poole Franks.

Pallbearers for the service will be Ron’s grandsons, Josh Blom, Zachary Bata, Seth Blom, Drew Lahn, Brenndan Gorski, and Caden Stephan, while his granddaughters, Asia Lahn, Aspen (Stephan) Cloninger, Jordan (Gorski, and Baylie (Stephan) Peck, will be Honorary Pallbearers.

Ron’s family wishes to offer a special “Thank You” to Nurse Jean French, and the wonderful, caring Hospice of Siouxland team.

In lieu of flowers, family requests memorial be offered to Hospice of Siouxland, or to the family for a memorial to be designated at a later date.



Ronald S. “Ron” Stephan, 78 of South Sioux City, Nebraska, took his last earthly cruise on Thursday, October 10, 2019 with his proud, loving family watching his route.  Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 14, 2019 at Mohr & Becker-Hunt Funeral Home with Pastor Fred Sundt officiating.  Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.  Visitation will be Sunday, October 13th at the funeral home from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with a Remembrance Service beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Family suggests casual attire be worn.  In lieu of flowers, family requests memorials be offered to Hospice of Siouxland, or to the family for a memorial to be designated at a later date.  Online condolences can be offered at



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  • 1431 W. 29th Street
    South Sioux City, Nebraska 68776

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10/12/19 11:24 AM #1    

Claryce Ray (Welch)

It is with a heavy heart that we say good bye, for now, to our classmate and friend, Ron Stephan.

10/12/19 12:31 PM #2    

James Schaller

RIP good friend. Will never forget all you taught me about cars. You were the most knowledgeable guy I ever met in that area. Had so much fun working together at the Corner Store for my Dad. See you on the other side soon. Jim




10/12/19 03:18 PM #3    

Karen Burgess (Kohn)

The last time I saw you was when you opened your home to our 50th class reunion that included a hayride.  Thanks for these great memories.  RIP

10/15/19 03:36 PM #4    

Duane Queen

Ron was blessed with a God-given gift to restore vehicles.  He recognized this gift when we all were at an age in South Sioux that we liked to look under the hood of someone's hotrod.  Or we would imagine how we could make the body of a car look better than what GM or Ford could do.  But it was Ron who really knew what he saw under the hood or what the body could be.  He used his gifts and knowledge to make a successful career restoring and enjoying vehicles.  Those gifts won him a national championship.  He was a champion classmate and friend.  Well done, Ron!

Duane Queen

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