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, Julie and Brandon my thoughts and prayers are with you all during these trying times. There are way to many memories to put on here, but know Steve left a lifelong impression on many people including myself over the years and will be greatly missed.
Submitted by John Gorby Jr. on Sep 24 2017 12:19:41 PM
So sorry for the loss of a great man
Sending hugs and prayers 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
Submitted by Bob & Ruth McClain on Sep 24 2017 09:55:41 AM
So sorry for your loss of a great man. Sending our thoughts and prayers for comfort for all of you.
Diana and Steve White
Submitted by Diana and Steve White on Sep 24 2017 07:59:17 AM
To the German Family, sorry to read of your loss. Your family are in our prayers. The communities of Maysville, Crooksville,and Corning lost a good man. Steve was a basketball teammate with me at OUZ during the 71-72 season when we were second in the league, third in the OSU Newark holiday tournament, and won the Mt. Vernon Nazerene College Homecoming Tournament. Our record that year was 16 and 8. Steve was a member of Bings Furniture basketball team from 77to79 , coached by another teammate from OUZ Cody Clark. Randy Lincicome former player OUZ basketball Tracers 72to74.
Submitted by Randy Lincicome,Grove City, Ohio on Sep 24 2017 12:19:01 AM
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sallie robinson lit a candle on Sep 23 2017 11:31:14 PM
A man of great integrity and my lifelong friend. I will miss him!
Submitted by Lonnie Moore on Sep 23 2017 11:26:21 PM
So sorry for your loss. Steve always had a smile & always spoke to you whenever he saw you. It always made me smile when he would drive by our house in his "rabbit" convertible! Prayer's to his family. Bink & Will Eppley
Submitted by Bink Eppley on Sep 23 2017 10:27:34 PM
Julie, I am so sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
Submitted by Jen Ruhe on Sep 23 2017 09:33:08 PM
Teresa, Brandon, Julie,
My thoughts are with you all through this time. You must be lifted by all the wonderful memories of Steve. I remember our sleepovers when we were kids very well to this day with Mr. German telling us ghost stories and generally doing everything possible to be such a positive influence on every person he met. I am honored to have known him and was greatly influenced by his passion and love for others.
Submitted by Jacob Hina on Sep 23 2017 08:57:13 PM
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Val Embrey lit a candle on Sep 23 2017 08:26:54 PM
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