Steven Clifford Wehling

April 29, 1949 ~ April 30, 2020

Steven C. Wehling, 71, Sioux Falls, died Thursday, April 30, 2020, at the Ava’s House in Sioux Falls, after a short illness.

No services will be held at this time due to the COVID 19 virus.

Steven Clifford Wehling, son of James and Norma (Johnson) Wehling, was born April 29, 1949 in Sioux Falls, SD. He was the second of three children. Steve grew up in Sioux Falls and attended Washington High School.

Steve was united in marriage with Gloria Lee Timm on August 9, 1969 in Canton, SD. The couple was blessed with four children, Pamela, Dawn, Alissa, and David. Throughout their marriage, they resided in several different places, of which include Waterloo, Council Bluffs, Lennox, and Corpus Christi, TX, before settling permanently in Sioux Falls. 

Steve worked as a jeweler for various companies over the years. He obtained his master jeweler certification in 1998, of which he was very proud. He was most recently employed by Riddle’s Jewelry, where he worked alongside his son, David. 

In his free time, he loved playing computer games, working out at the Sanford Wellness Center, and most of all, doing genealogy research. Steve began his family research back in 1997. He has since created an extended online network of family and friends. Steve not only researched his own family, but also enjoyed helping others locate their family members by assisting them with their research using archives and even DNA profile results. When his daughters were young, he enjoyed coaching their softball teams for the Hilltop Softball League. He spent many years doing this.

Steven is survived by his wife, Gloria, Sioux Falls; four children, Pamela Wehling, Sioux Falls, Dawn (Joel) Kopp, Sioux City, Alissa Rittgers, Corpus Christi, TX, and David Wehling, Sioux Falls; eight grandchildren, Katelyn, Nathan, Lindsey, Kody, Megan, Ian, Michael and Reagan; and one sister, Susan (Roger) Gage, Brookings.

Steven was preceded in death by his parents, James and Norma (Johnson) Wehling and one brother, Thomas Wehling.

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  • Cindy Tate says:

    Rest In Peace, Steve. I really enjoyed working with you at Susann’s and later with Alissa as well. I know you were a devoted husband and father, and I know your family will miss you terribly. Sincere condolences to you all from Cindy and Rob in Corpus Christi. ❤️

  • I only knew you and Gloria for a short period of time when I lived in Sioux Falls in 1979. I remember your family, Gloria, and I still keep in touch with
    Jack and Ella. Like all of us, we have kept in touch through Facebook. Your
    Memory will be a legacy to all of your family, friends, co-workers, all
    Who knew you. There is never a way to extend condolences, but from our
    Heart do we all hope that as you gather once this pandemic is less
    Dangerous, you will gather and celebrate your life, share love, smiles,
    Laughter and stories that will leave everyone there, to give you that
    Wonderful memorial. I will keep Gloria in my prayer’s to find comfort
    From your children and family. 🙏🙏🙏🌹🌹🌹Rest in Peace 💖

  • Jim Scoular says:

    Our cousin was not only a wonderful family man,but also a wonderful,kind, and talented man. We will all miss him God Bless

  • Tedd Ronning says:

    I worked with Steve at a jewelry repair shop in the mid-70s. The owner had a bit of a temper and the work atmosphere could be tense. Steve’s sense of humor made days at work more tolerable. He was a good man. My deepest condolences.

  • Connie Auer says:

    I have so many memories of my cousin Steve, during our growing up years. He showed much courage with his disability, always had a sense of humor, and was a kind man. My prayers & sympathy for his family. I am so sorry for you all. He is very much missed.

  • Bill Scoular says:

    Many fond memories of my cousin, Steve. Always looked forward to spending holidays together when visiting our grandparents in Sioux Falls. You will be missed but your memory will last forever. My sympathy goes out to the family.

  • Dawn Coen says:

    Steven was one of the first people I corresponded with when I started to do genealogy in 2004. He was a wealth of knowledge, and helped a young genealogist get on the right track to do great research! Even though we couldn’t find the connection between our two Wehling families, I still considered him a cousin and he became a Facebook friend. My thoughts and prayers are with your whole family on your loss. I’m very sad to hear of his passing.

  • Jim Rath says:

    I met Steve about 15 years ago when I first was hired as a goldsmith for Riddles Jewelry. Steve was a great man in every sense of the word,in personality,humor,caring,talent,and a friend. He taught me alot in the times I had a chance to work around him when I went to Sioux Falls for training,and I truly appreciated his help along the way and I now regret that he will not be here to see me finish my Master level which I truly feel he helped me achieve.
    You will be missed Bossman, God speed.

  • Jill Wingert (Jurgensen) says:

    Steve was a great guy and a wonderful Neighbor. May GOD bring you peace and comfort in this difficult time.

  • Dennis Pedersen says:

    Rest In Peace STEVEN!
    Thank you for your great help in adding to our family knowledge of the Wehlings in Wingerode area. So very glad that you got to talk with Patrick and that you were able to send him family information. Our sympathy from Albuquerque to your family.

  • Tony Schlax says:

    I never met Steve in person but helped him with an elusive “missing piece” of our shared ancestry. I shared his love to understand who we are and where we came from…and I had the opportunity to visit Wingerode. The SD Wehling family are in my prayers.

  • Karen Cox says:

    I only now have found out this sad news that my Dear Cousin Steve has passed. Steve helped me so much in tracing our Wehling Family Tree and was very generous with his research and time. I am grateful for the HUGE contribution to our common cause. RIP Dear Cousin. I can only imagine the hole that has been left by you that your family must go on living with until they see you again. All the questions you had about the Family Tree can now be answered. on The Other Side.

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