The Ottumwa Courier


January 10, 2014

Steve Yochum

OTTUMWA — While celebrating the holidays with his family in San Diego, Steve Yochum passed away on Jan. 3, 2014.

Steve was a farm boy from Ottumwa who moved to Des Moines in 1973 after marrying Mary Donahue, his high school sweetheart. From this union, they produced their proudest accomplishment in life, their son Matt.

Steve was a rehabilitation evaluator for the state of Iowa, helping hundreds of disabled individuals receive training to re-enter the work force. His curious and inquisitive nature led him to tweak the family fudge recipe into an award-winning Iowa State Fair fudge.

Steve’s warm sense of humor and thoughtful concern for others will be forever cherished by his family and friends.

He was a gentleman.

Surviving Steve are his best friend and wife of 41 years, Mary; his son, Matthew; his mother, Catherine Yochum; sisters, Mary Lou Croker (Mike), Marjorie Burke (Tom), Kathleen Rosenbaum and Carol Yochum; sisters-in-law, Carol and Diane Donahue; brothers-in-law, Mike (Patricia), Patrick and Tim Donahue (Elise).

Uncle Steve loved, cared for, and inspired his numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father, Carl Yochum; and his parents-in-law, Lester and Kathleen Donahue.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Teresa Catholic Church in Des Moines. Burial will follow at Resthaven Cemetery Mausoleum, West Des Moines. A celebration of life will be held at around 5 p.m. Monday at the Windsor Heights Community and Events Center, Windsor Heights.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Sunday at Iles Westover Chapel, Des Moines. A vigil service will begin at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Food Bank of Iowa in Steve’s name.

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