Brookside Funeral House & Crematory
Steven Lee Berreman, age 73, handed absent on Friday, June 25, 2021. He was a courageous warrior in his struggle with most cancers and handed peacefully in his house surrounded by loved types.
Steve was born on February 6, 1948 at St. Elizabeth healthcare facility in Yakima, Washington. He was the fourth child of Robert and Shirley Berreman and joined a bustling household of two more mature brothers, Richard (Dick) and Mike, and an older sister, Beverly. Steve was raised in Union Hole. He attended Union Gap grade college and then attended Eisenhower. He explained to tales of driving his horse throughout Union Gap, people had been the times of limitless adventures and a lot less supervision! He invested several days operating in the pea harvest in Lewiston, Idaho driving a incorporate and harvesting with his father. There may have been a time or two when he admittedly dozed off while driving the tractor.
Just after graduating from Eisenhower in 1966, Steve attended YVCC in advance of enlisting in the Military for the Vietnam War. He went to Vietnam in 1969 and was in the 9th Infantry of Riverine Forces. He spoke fondly of his time in Vietnam, specially emphasizing how interacting with the children assisted him get as a result of his time there. He was regarded as “Preacher” by his fellow servicemen as he commenced each working day with prayer and looking through a scripture. Astonishingly, that company in no way misplaced a soldier when Steve was with them. Immediately after returning from Vietnam, Steve ongoing to serve in the National Guard and the Military Reserves until finally he retired as Grasp Sergeant.
In 1970, Steve went back to YVCC and concluded his AA. Having said that, this was seriously the commencing of when he discovered his genuine passion, traveling. Steve took his initial airplane trip with a close friend of the relatives and was hooked. He went on to get his non-public and professional pilot’s license. He flew for Morton Provide in the early 1970s. He informed a story in close proximity to his passing with a twinkle in his eye about flying to Lewiston with his sister and might have returned the airplane with some pea vines mysteriously hanging from the tires.
Steve’s adventurous spirit led to several occupations above the many years, like truck driving for UPS, Darigold, Silver Eagle, and Oak Harbor. The only career he wasn’t completely prosperous with was the UPS task since it took him as well long to deliver thanks to him chatting with everyone he shipped to! After retiring from truck driving, he did maintenance for Pink Cross and the Selah College District.
Steve met the enjoy of his existence, Becky Stephens, when Becky was a little woman and Steve was buddies with her uncle. Who understood at that time that they would close up marrying down the street and shelling out practically 49 excellent years married with each other? Following returning from Vietnam in 1970, Steve reconnected with Becky. They were married on September 1, 1972 and begun their existence jointly in a small green household in Yakima, where they welcomed their initially son, Jason in 1975. They then constructed their initially house jointly in Selah where their 2nd son, Jeff, was born the working day immediately after Becky served lift in the living room window in 1977. Their final little one, Jennifer, was born a couple of months ahead of Mt. St. Helens blew in 1980. A decade later on, they constructed their remaining property with their family and go on to reside there earning, Selah their residence.
Aside from his really like for the Lord, traveling was a passion of Steve’s from the 1st time he flew! He owned quite a few airplanes and was lucky plenty of to rebuild a person of his favorites, a Kitfox. He preferred purchasing planes, traveling planes, working on planes, creating mates with individuals that owned planes, and talking to anyone about planes. In point, one of his very last t-shirts claimed: WARNING I like to chat about Flying! It was his would like to make a remaining flight in his Kitfox that had just gotten concluded. Weeks right before he handed, he was ready to fly in the Kitfox with his son Jeff, while Becky, Jason, and Jennifer acquired to fly subsequent to him in another airplane. It was a particular working experience for the entire family members.
Steve is survived by his loving wife Becky (Stephens), sons Jason (Lauri), Jeff (Mindy), and daughter Jennifer (Jared) Mooney. He was also blessed with 5 grandchildren: Cameron (21), Kyle (19), Devin (17), Taylor (15), and J Luke (9). Also survived by his sister Bev Fickel, brother Mike (Barbra) Berreman, distinctive mom-in-legislation Arlene (Grammy), a lot of nieces and nephews, and their beloved dog/sidekick Dixie. He was preceded in demise by his mom and dad Robert and Shirley (Foy), brother Richard, and toddler son Johnny.
Steve’s Celebration of Lifestyle will be held on Friday, July 9th at 3:00 pm at Selah Covenant Church. In lieu of flowers, make sure you take into account donation to the American Cancer Modern society and despatched in care of Brookside Funeral Household (PO Box 1267, Moxee, WA 98936) who is caring for the spouse and children. Recollections and condolences can be shared at www.brooksidefuneral.com.
The spouse and children would like to increase their gratitude to his awesome medical professionals and nurses at UW Clinical Heart, in particular Dr. Lee, Katie and Sierra, Dr. Obulareddy at North Star, and the amazing hospice caregivers.
Steve’s philosophy was all men and women are friends he hasn’t met nevertheless!