The Free Press, Mankato, MN

October 14, 2013

Steven James Remington


—     Steven James Remington, age 63, of Storm Lake, Iowa passed away at his home on October 12, 2013, after a long courageous battle with prostate cancer.

    Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Schaller Chapel on the campus of Buena Vista University in Storm Lake. Burial will be in the Sakatah Cemetery in Waterville, Minnesota. Visitation will take place Wednesday, October 16, 2013 from 4-8:00 p.m. at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake. Also there will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday, October 19, 2013 starting at 4:00 p.m. at Osceola Place Apartments at 260 Osceola Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota 55102. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.

    Steve was born on August 9, 1950 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and was the son of Viola and Aziza Remington.

    After his father passed away, the family moved to Waseca, Minnesota, where Steve graduated from Waseca High School in 1968. Steve earned both a Bachelor and Master's Degrees from Mankato State University in Technical Theater and held a number of positions in designing and building stages along with theater lighting design. He became interested in teaching and taught technical theater and managed the theater building at the University of Idaho. This path of teaching led him back to Mankato where he earned an additional Master's Degree in Business.

    While he was teaching business courses at Mankato State University, he met his future wife, Sheila Hougo. In 1986, they were united in marriage at St. Mark's Church in Saint Paul. After spending the next academic year at Winona State University, Steve and Sheila moved to Memphis, Tennessee where he completed a PhD in Marketing from the University of Memphis in 1993.

    Steve and Sheila then began their next journey where he taught at University of Louisiana in Lafayette for seven years and fell in love with the culture and food of the Cajun heritage. The desire to be closer to family, helped them to make the decision to move to Storm Lake, Iowa in 1999 where Steve taught Marketing at Buena Vista University, until his retirement in May of 2013. Steve was an active member of Buena Vista Historical Society and helped coordinate living histories of Buena Vista County WWII veterans.  

    Those left to cherish his memories and continue to laugh at one of his many stories include wife, Sheila Remington of Storm Lake, Iowa; brother and significant other, Mike Remington and Bridgette LaBissoniere of St. Michael, Minnesota; sister, Sandy Remington of Waseca, Minnesota; sister and husband, Sharon and Rick Sandborn of Virginia. Also left to remember Steve include, mother-in-law, Maureen Hougo; brothers-in-law and their wives: Jim and Suzanne Hougo; Mike and Mel Hougo; nieces and nephews: Adam Spotts and son, Christopher; Jessica and her husband, Dan White and their son, Joe; Luke, Mae, Jeffrey, Grant, Cole and Gavin Hougo; extended family and many friends.

    He was preceded in death by his father, Aziza L. Remington; his mother, Viola B. Spoors; his stepfather, Herb Spoors; and his father-in-law, Connard N. Hougo.