Hastings resident Steven E. DeBacker, 52, passed away Friday, January 21, 2022, at CHI Health Good Samaritan, Kearney, NE.
Steven was born March 3, 1969, in Hastings, NE, to A. L. “Mick” & Sharon K. (Schmidt) DeBacker. He was baptized at St. Mark’s by the Very Reverend John Bartholomew. He graduated from Hastings High School in 1990. He attended Goodwill Industries, was active in Special Olympics, Hastings Kiwanis Aktion Club, and St. Cecilia’s Special CCD. He volunteered at the Salvation Army and Crosier Monastery. He was a life-long member of St. Mark’s.
Steven’s special accomplishment was he represented Nebraska at the Special Olympics International Ski Competition in Anchorage, Alaska in 1989. Steve loved everyone. He called absolutely everyone “my friend”. He enjoyed riding in the truck convoys. Before Covid, he spent most Saturday mornings with his friends at Goldenrod Café. More recently, he gained new friends at the Hastings Eagle’s Club thanks to caregivers Virginia and Cal Wallin.
Steven was preceded in death by his father, A. L. “Mick” DeBacker.
Sharon K. DeBacker – Hastings, NE
Teresa DeBacker & Husband, Danny McClung – Albuquerque, NM
Debra & Husband, David Schnase – Hastings, NE
Michael & Wife, Kara DeBacker – Springfield, MO
Nieces & Nephews:
Eric (Sara) Schnase
Matt (Amy) Schnase
Sara (Tim) Stroman
Great Nieces & Nephews:
Numerous other Extended Family & Friends
Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Wednesday at Butler Volland Funeral Home.
Requiem Eucharist will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday, January 27, at St. Mark’s Pro-Cathedral in Hastings, with the Very Reverend Katie Hargis officiating. The service will be live-streamed on Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home’s website. To view the service, go to www.lbvfh.com , go to Steven’s obituary page, and click the play button shown towards the bottom of the page. The link will not be live until five minutes before service time.
Burial will be at Parkview Cemetery in Hastings at a later date.
Memorials may be given to St. Mark’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, Hastings, or Special Olympics-Hastings Alumni.