In February 2010, with the difficulties caused by his increasing dementia, it became necessary to move Steve to a small care facility in Milpitas, Calif. While living there at the Jennison Care Home, he received wonderful care from everyone working there and was still able to enjoy outings with his new housemates.
His family will miss Steve very much, as will many others. Steve never met a stranger and was particularly friendly with law enforcement, military and pretty girls. If you ever had the pleasure of meeting Steve, you could never forget him and, if you never had the pleasure of meeting him, you missed the opportunity of a lifetime. His upbeat and outgoing personality were impossible to overlook.
Steve is survived by his mother, Bernice Buchholz of Ottumwa; sisters, Joyce Brewer of Dallas, Texas, and Janice O’Dell of Marina, Calif.; nephews, Barry Brewer and Dan O’Dell; nieces Melissa Blackman and Suzanne O’Dell; a great-niece, Sarah Trainer; and great-nephews, Cameron and Graham Blackman.
Steve was predeceased by his father, Ernest Buchholz, many aunts and uncles as well as other relatives and friends, both in Iowa and California.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Reece Funeral Home with Gary Reeves officiating. Burial will be in McCormick Cemetery.
The family will be present one hour prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to the San Andreas Regional Center, 300 Orchard City Drive, Suite 170, Campbell, Calif. 95008 or Northern California Special Olympics, 348 Buskirk Ave. #340, Pleasant Hill, Calif. 94523.
Our thanks to the various doctors in California who treated him over the years. An extra special thanks to Dr. David Awerbuck and one of his staff, Carol, whose assistance was needed more than once in order to get him into the examining room. Thanks also to the various employees of StarBucks in Marina, Calif., who knew him by name and what he wanted to drink, and to the employees at Nob Hill Food Stores in Salinas, Calif.. Even after four years of absence, they still ask about him.