Steven J. Schweers entered into eternal life on Friday, October 14, 2022 at age 58 after a 12 month-long battle with ALS, which he endured with courage, humor, grace, and humility. All the seeds of kindness, generosity, and love that Steven spread during his lifetime will surely continue to have ripple effects for all eternity. Funeral services will be 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at Salem Lutheran Church in Ponca. Visitation will be Tuesday, October 18, 2022 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. with a time of sharing at 7:00 P.M. at Mohr & Becker-Hunt Funeral Home in South Sioux City. Burial will be at Ponca City Cemetery.
Steven, the oldest of four children, was born to John and Helen (Grosvenor) Schweers in Wakefield, NE and grew up on the farm in rural Ponca. He received Baptism and Confirmation at Salem Lutheran Church where he remained a lifelong member. Steven was active in 4-H, farming, basketball, and football. He thoroughly enjoyed bowling and was in a league for several decades. He attended country school until high school and graduated from Ponca High School in 1982. He continued his education at Norfolk Community College receiving an Associates Degree in Diesel Mechanics, which served him well his entire life. He farmed near Ponca with his dad, brother, and cousins Rick and Tyler. Steven enjoyed many adventures over the years as he drove trucks all over the country hauling grain, rock, fertilizer, Christmas trees, and machinery. He also ran a successful mowing and snow removal business.
Steven’s greatest and proudest accomplishment was being a dad to his sons, Austin and Hunter. He poured every ounce of his heart into raising them to be amazing humans and made sure he was involved in and supported their every interest. He coached them in many sports, rooted for them, and even started the mowing business to teach them lessons about hard work and money. Other life lessons included integrity, good driving, and living life while having fun along the way, the joy of great music and the beauty of nature. Steven helped spearhead the new athletic complex in Ponca, raising funds and using his own semi to haul bleachers from the old Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha to use at the Ponca Football Complex. He was thrilled that Austin got to play the first game on that field and his senior football season at that new complex. Steven was a huge Ponca supporter, he worked the football “chain gang” for decades, and was a huge Husker and Dallas Cowboys fan. Steven loved to hunt, be on the Missouri River, or out in the big pasture. He loved to go for drives anywhere in his pickup or in his side-by-side with his dog, Chevy, by his side. He especially loved to go four-wheeling on the trails of the Black Hills. Steven also had many skiing adventures in Colorado, patiently teaching many to ski throughout the years. He had a love for cooking, baking, and grilling, and he always generously shared his delicious meals and treats with friends and neighbors by delivering to-go containers all over town.
Steven is survived by his parents, John and Helen of Ponca, NE; sons, Austin of Sioux Falls, SD, and Hunter (Kenna) of Naperville, IL; special friend, Tammy Swoboda of Homer, NE; siblings, Christina (Jim) Nelson of Jackson, NE, Brian (Carmen) Schweers of Ponca, NE, and Heidi (Jeff) Rush of Ponca, NE; nieces and nephews, Morgan Nelson of Jackson, NE, Holden and Hudson Schweers of Ponca, NE, Jada (Blake) Hamar of Ponca, NE, Maya (Nolan) Rush of Lincoln, NE, and George Rush of Ponca, NE; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, the Ponca community, and many dear friends. Also, his best buddy, Chevy.
Steven was preceded in death by his grandparents, George and Mathilda Schweers and Vernon and Joyce Grosvenor, and multiple aunts and uncles.