Walter Carl Stegman passed away peacefully August 8, 2011 at the age of 86. He was born December 22, 1924 in Plains, KS.
He married Dorothy Maxine Ebersole, also of Plains on June 16, 1948. He was a loving husband and committed father of 8, grandfather of 8 and great-grandfather of 6.
He went on to dedicate his unbridled energy towards education, public service, military service, the church and his family. He graduated from Plains High School in 1942 and the University of Kansas and Washington State University. He achieved a doctorate in School Administration. He served in the Navy during WWII and Korean War. He received a multitude of accolades and held many positions in his 50-plus years in the Washington State Educational System; Fife School Superintendent, a highly-sought fiscal consultant who helped save several distressed schools statewide and was instrumental in the creation of Chief Leschi School. He also served as Fife City Councilman, Mayor of Fife, Pierce County Board of Equalization, and an active member of Lions, Kiwanis, Knights of Columbus, Phi Delta Kappa and numerous other organizations. He was a dedicated parishioner of St. Martin of Tours for 45 years. In every situation, Carl's overriding goal was to make you laugh. An accomplished public speaker, he had several boxes of jokes, stories and anecdotes he would draw from. He had several specific stories he would relish in telling each of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Even in his final moments, he continued to joke and laugh with his nurses, doctors and care-givers.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, 8 brothers, and 4 sisters, he is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy Maxine Stegman, his brother Fr. Leonard Stegman, and sisters Estelle Huelskamp and Betty Quigley.
Funeral Mass was held Monday, August 15th, at 11 am, at St. Martin of Tours, Fife, with reception following at nearby Columbia Junior High. Military Interment was held Tuesday, August 16th, 11:15 - 11:45 am, Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent. Cards can be sent to 2402 Berry Lane E, Tacoma WA 98424.