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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Mr. German will always be one of my favorite teachers! Then later in life he became a colleague. More importantly he was a mentor to many young men growing up in the Maysville Diatrict. I know my son & his friends will always have such fond memories of Mr. German. He always went that extra mile outside of the school day! He was like family to many of them. In fact a picture of him & Jerrod on graduation day is hanging in our home. My thoughts & prayers are with the German family anybody who's life he touched !
Submitted by Jannett strickler on Sep 22 2017 07:33:35 PM
Teresa & Family ,so very sorry for your loss..May you find comfort in your precious memories.
Bill & Jeane Spangler
Submitted by Bill & Jeane Spangler on Sep 22 2017 07:13:48 PM
Julie, I never met your dad, but knowing you, he had to have been a special guy!!! Remember all those great times and know that he will be with you always! Praying for God's comfort and peace.
Submitted by Bev Swihart on Sep 22 2017 07:04:13 PM
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Bev Swihart lit a candle on Sep 22 2017 07:02:10 PM
To Teresa and family so sorry to hear of Steve's passing super nice guy I graduated with Steve Your in my thoughts and prayers.
Submitted by Billie Smith on Sep 22 2017 06:53:38 PM
Teresa & Family,
Steve & I are so sorry for your loss. Steve was a great guy & always had a smile on his face. We always enjoyed our visits with you at moms when we were home. Our thoughts & prayers are with you at this time. The memories you created together will be with you forever. In sympathy. Peggy & Steve.
Submitted by Peggy Freriks Blanchard on Sep 22 2017 06:47:53 PM
One of the best guys I’ve ever met. My dad called Steve one of the best men that he has ever met. I know a lot of people that will say the same thing.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Theresa, Brandon and Julie and everyone that knew Steve. One of a kind person.
Submitted by Tony Talbot on Sep 22 2017 06:37:43 PM
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