Fred A Steck, Jr., 72 , of Diana, Texas, passed away on November 3, 2021 in Longview, Texas.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, November 12, at Southcrest Baptist Church in Lubbock, TX, with Dr. David Wilson officiating.
Fred was born in Bandon, OR, to Fred and Iva Steck on July 26, 1949. He graduated from Bloomfield New Mexico High School, attended the University of New Mexico, and served on the USS Orion in the United States Navy from 1970-1974. He married Jody Farley on March 4, 1998, in Las Vegas, NV. Fred was a Business Technology Support Specialist for Sysco, formerly known as Watson Food Service, for 40 years before retiring in 2018. With the brain of an engineer, the skills of a carpenter, and the heart of a servant, Fred served in the Helping Hands Ministry and Men’s Mission Ministry at Southcrest Baptist Church in Lubbock for many years. He also used these skills as part of Texas Baptist Mens’ Disaster Relief Team and traveled to Louisiana to assist in various hurricane clean-up projects. In his retirement Fred worked as a wood crafter of Adirondack outdoor furniture. He and Jody recently relocated to Diana and loved riding their Honda Goldwing motorcycle together, especially through the beautiful East Texas countryside. They also enjoyed twenty-eight cruises to various places in the world. He was an avid bow hunter in his younger years and loved to fly fish. In death, Fred was a donor so those in need might have life.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Iva Steck, son Tod Steck, brother Heber Steck and the mother of his children, Trish Steck.
Fred is survived by wife Jody Steck; children Brad and Staci Steck, Karen and Jason Gilson; grandchildren Halie and Joseph Pierce, Madison and Matthew Beauregard, Matthew Steck, Ashley Gilson, and Riley Gilson; great-granddaughter Kinsley Steck; sister Eileen Morris and husband Don Morris, and brother Andy Steck and wife Deena Steck. He is also survived by his four-legged faithful friend, Harley.
At the time of his passing, he was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Ore City. Fred will be remembered for his servant's heart, his amazing dad jokes, his sense of humor, calm spirit, analytical mind, and his ability to create, build and do anything. He will be missed by his many great friends.
The family appreciates the prayers, phone calls, texts, and emails during this time.
Memorials may be given to New Hope Baptist Church, 12496 Shamrock Road, Ore City, TX 75683.