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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Rest in peace my good friend. I hope there's a lot of our 60's music up there.
Submitted by Joe Vozar on Sep 22 2017 08:23:36 PM
My sincere condolences to Teresa, Julie, Brandon and all of Steve's family. Growing up, the German family was a huge part of my life.You were all like my family. Many of my fondest memories were spent with the family. I'll always remember Steve and Teresa driving us to two concerts and putting up with us screaming girls. I'll be forever grateful for the time I spent with you all.
Submitted by Tonya Sullivan on Sep 22 2017 08:18:20 PM
The German family and John and Nate Schmelzer and family,
I am so sorry to hear of Mr. German's passing! It was great having him as a junior high school principal. I am so glad that I got to see him a few years ago again.
John and Nate, I know I shared some of my memories of him with you when I had you in class at FUHS, and you know that I thought he was a special educator and principal. Please know that I am thinking of you two as well during this time.
Submitted by Kristy Wilson on Sep 22 2017 07:58:57 PM
Rip my friend thanks for all your hard work thanks for the short time I had with you at maysville jr high it was short but your kind heart will last a lifetime
Submitted by Larry larrick on Sep 22 2017 07:51:14 PM
Sorry for your loss.Our prayers are with you
David and Judy (Wyer) Denham
Submitted by Judy denham on Sep 22 2017 07:49:21 PM
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Larry larrick lit a candle on Sep 22 2017 07:47:59 PM
RIP Mr. German, you will not be forgotten by any of the students guided by you.
Submitted by James Jason Garvin on Sep 22 2017 07:35:25 PM
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