Stephen Ralph Stuckey, age 70, of Gilroy, California, passed away Friday, January 11, 2013 peacefully at home after a courageous battle with cancer. Steve was born on March 4, 1942 in Newton, Kansas, the son of Ruben Ralph Stuckey and Esther Jane Schwartz Stuckey.
During his early childhood, Steve spent considerable time on the family farms where he gained a love for machinery and all animals. Steve graduated from Newton High School in 1960 and continued his education at Kansas University where he earned a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration. He began a successful career in technology sales, starting with Control Data in Minneapolis, MN. Steve was transferred to California, Oregon and Washington before returning to Cupertino, CA, eventually finding a home on the Fremont Older Preserve. It was there he continued his love for animals and fixing any and all types of cars - or anything left on his workbench that needed fixing. In his later years, Steve discovered a passion for photography that furthered his love for travel. He loved his family dearly and enjoyed spending time with his five grandchildren. Steve is survived by his eldest daughter Lori Kay Stuckey Sitek, husband Richard Sitek and grandsons, Kevin and Mark Sitek. Second daughter Sheri Lynn Stuckey Sabahat, husband Barzin Sabahat, grandson Alexander and granddaughter Solana Sabahat. Youngest daughter Amy Lorene Stuckey McConnell, husband Cameron McConnell and grandson Caden McConnell.
Remembrances can be made to: www.camerasforkidsfoundation.org or Cameras For Kids Foundation, 368 S. Military Trail, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.