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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Teresa and family,
We are very sorry for your loss. Steve was a great man who never met a stranger. Always enjoyed talking to you guys whenever our paths would cross. The memories you have will always be there and will help get you through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You have our deepest sympathy.
Kem and Roxanne Dalrymple
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Submitted by Roxanne Dalrymple on Sep 25 2017 11:50:04 AM
he was my industrial arts teacher in 7th grade my favorite teacher then he was my daughters princiable, great man he will never be forgotten R.I.P. Teresa Sletzer Church
Submitted by Teresa Sletzer Church on Sep 25 2017 11:40:06 AM
I have many, many wonderful memories of Steve, having been a teacher while he was principal at Maysville. The way he handled serious situations was always professional, the many laughs we had over not-so-serious situations, the trips to Gettysburg where he knew as much as the tour guides and made sure everyone had fun, and the way he mentored my son and many others -- these are the things I will remember about Steve. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Teresa, Julie, and Brandon.
Submitted by Linda Fleegle on Sep 25 2017 11:39:37 AM
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teresa sletzer church lit a candle on Sep 25 2017 11:28:58 AM
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Teresa Steimer lit a candle on Sep 25 2017 10:05:47 AM
My thought and prayers are with your family at this time. Teresa, you have been on my mind all week. ❤️
Submitted by Teresa Steimer on Sep 25 2017 10:05:24 AM
Sorry for your loss Julie and brandon he was a great man.
Submitted by Amanda shreve on Sep 25 2017 06:42:41 AM
Steve was an amazing man and a true role model as an educator. I remember his visit to my hospital room and holding my baby boy Tanner and how small he was in Steve's hands. He will never be forgotten...rest in peace my friend.
Submitted by Michelle Adams on Sep 24 2017 08:57:56 PM
So sorry to hear of Steve's passing; he was truly a gentle giant that was loved by many. RIP
Submitted by sherry frisch on Sep 24 2017 02:01:43 PM
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