Steven E. German, 67, of Corning, Ohio, passed away peacefully and with dignity surrounded by his family at 1:50 PM, on Thursday, September 21, 2017, at Genesis Hospice Morrison House in Zanesville following a life well lived and a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Steve was born on May 29, 1950 in Zanesville and was the son of the late Wallace and Rosalie (Ogg) German. Steve was a lifelong resident of Southeastern Ohio, he attended Crooksville High School and was a graduate of the class of 1968. He went on to pursue a lifelong career in education and attended Ohio University and Xavier University where he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees, respectively.
Steve is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 36 years, Teresa Schmelzer-German; his son and daughter-in-law, Brandon and Ashley German of Corning; his daughter and son-in-law Julie German-Murrey and Doug Murrey of Spokane, Washington; his beloved granddaughters, Sydney and Camryn German of Corning; numerous cherished friends; his best pal, Morgan, a Border Collie; and his brothers, Ray German and Ron German.
One of Steve’s passions was helping students and teachers find success. He was fulfilled by building lifelong relationships, which he believed was a key component to a successful education. He started his teaching career at Crooksville High School where he taught industrial arts from 1975-1977. He then moved to Maysville Local Schools where he served passionately as an industrial arts teacher, basketball coach, middle school principal, and high school principal from 1977 until his retirement in 2005. After his retirement, he enjoyed working part-time as a tour guide for Main Street Tours where he led school trips to Gettysburg, Washington DC, and New York City, and he could be found spectating many Maysville athletic events.
Steve was happiest when he was spending time with family and friends on his deck, restoring classic cars, playing golf and testing Teresa’s cooking. He also took great joy in teaching his granddaughter Sydney how to golf and play basketball, finding ways to make his granddaughter Camryn smile and laugh, and taking his annual winter trip to Florida with Teresa and Morgan.
Steve was loved by many and will be greatly missed. Please join us for a Celebration of a Life Well Lived at the Maysville High School Cafeteria at 3725 PANTHER DR., ZANESVILLE, OH 43701 on Sunday, October 1 from 2-5 pm. A service, officiated by Pastor Brian Law, will begin at 5pm. In keeping with his wishes Steve was cremated.
Contributions may be made in Steve’s memory to Genesis Hospice and Palliative Care, 713 Forest Ave., Zanesville, OH 43701. Envelopes will be available at the Celebration of Life.
You may read the obituary, sign the ONLINE REGISTER BOOK (MEMORY WALL) and share a special memory with the family at www.goebelfuneralhome.com and like us on Facebook.
Goebel Funeral Home, 36 N. Buckeye St. Crooksville is caring for the German family.
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I had the pleasure of waiting on Steve on Fridays with his car gang, He will be missed. Such a kind man prayers to his family and friends.
Submitted by Andrea shivers on Oct 6 2017 01:01:40 PM
Shane Wilson lit a candle for Steven E. German
Shane Wilson lit a candle on Sep 30 2017 12:36:58 AM
Our sympathy to all Steve's family. When we were involved in the Maysville Athletic Boosters he was always helping and offering fantastic suggestions. He was an outstanding supporter of Maysville High School Athletics!
Submitted by Bill & Judy Helriggle on Sep 29 2017 07:19:12 PM
PJ Longstreth lit a candle for Steven E. German
PJ Longstreth lit a candle on Sep 29 2017 06:43:45 AM
Steve will be greatly missed! Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Larry and Sue Stall
Submitted by Sue Stall on Sep 29 2017 01:33:53 AM
Steve was a good man, who left us far too soon. Dick and I worked with him for many years and thought highly of him. Sending prayers for comfort to all of his family and friends.
Submitted by Lin Baltzly on Sep 28 2017 03:46:11 PM
Very sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family.
Submitted by Cynthia A. Dunlap-Thomas on Sep 27 2017 09:03:58 PM
I am sorry for your loss and that to your community. I have kept up with Steve's activities in teaching as we both became Industrial Arts teachers from O. U. I was there when he "earned" his scar on his hand. Great guy and friend in college. Ed Pool
Submitted by Ed Pool on Sep 26 2017 06:29:12 PM
Teresa- Your family is our thoughts and prayers. - Mike and Ann Hankinson
Submitted by Ann and Mike Hankinson on Sep 26 2017 09:23:46 AM
In my mind, the words of the song, "Humble and Kind" echo throughout the hills of southeastern Ohio for this kind and gentle giant. You gave more than you ever took from this world.
Submitted by Bobi and Gene Harris on Sep 25 2017 08:36:32 PM
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