Steven Arthur Schwendeman

Steven Arthur SchwendemanSchwendeman, Steven


Steven Arthur Schwendeman, M.D. passed away on February 19.  He was born on July 15, 1952 to Norman and Florence Schwendeman in St. Paul, MN.  Steve graduated from Highland High School, St. Paul, MN.  Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, and the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Steve married Rebecca Solum in 1978 and they have one son, Jim Schwendeman.

Steve enjoyed Family Practice in Moorhead, MN and Fairbanks, AK. He completed a Residency in Aerospace Medicine in Dayton, OH and was board certified in Aerospace and Occupational Medicine. Steve worked for some time at Kennedy Space Center, Florida and enjoyed 6 trips to The Gambia, Africa, as support for the space shuttle’s alternate landing site.  He also participated in several medical mission trips to Guyana, South America. Since June of 1995 Steve had worked for the Federal Aviation Administration Civil Aerospace Medical Institute in Oklahoma City.

Steve is survived by his wife Becky of 37 years, son Jim Schwendeman and his wife Heather Yocum, and  grandson, Jack Schwendeman. He is also survived by his mother, Florence Schwendeman of Stillwater, MN, brother, Robert Schwendeman of Mexico City, Mexico, and sisters Bonnie Maffitt and husband Neil of Rochester, MN, Jeanne Quarstad of New Brighton, MN, and Jill Schwendeman and husband Tiger Heise of Stillwater, MN. Steve also had several cousins, nieces and nephews and was a beloved friend to many. He was preceded in death by his father, Norman Schwendeman. Steve was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Edmond.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, February 27, 2016 at Peace Lutheran Church.

14 thoughts on “Steven Arthur Schwendeman”

  1. I am so saddened by the news of Steve’s death. He was a vibrant man who brought a smile with him wherever he went. I have known Becky my entire life and we were roommates at Concordia. My love goes out to her and the entire family. Beth McDougall

  2. Karol Stoker

    I am very sadden by the loss of such great person and fellow co-worker. He would come and sit at our lunch table and tell the funniest stories. May the hand of a friend always be near you, and may God fill your heart with beautiful, loving memories, and peace upon your heart. God Bless!

  3. Daniel & Kara Outon

    We are so sorry for your loss. Dr. Schwendeman was always so kind and helpful. He always made you feel like a friend. We pray for God to give you strength during this difficult time. -Daniel & Kara Outon

  4. Kipling Louise McVay-Stubbs

    Dearest Becky and all family,
    It was grievous to learn today of your loss of Steve. As I write this, I remember his smiling face and the joy he took in all things, family, work, building a plane, flying, and nature. His joy was then, and is now, in the Lord.
    Becky, you are especially in my prayers that the hurt from the shock of this sudden loss and your grief lessens. May God bless all of the family and address every need.
    Much love, cousin Kip

  5. Steve was one of the kindest and finest men I’ve ever had the pleasure to know, He was always so helpful to me and I admired his concern about the folks we serve. I will miss our conversations and his wise guidance. I will always remember Steve as a man who, above all, was so proud of his family, most recently his grandson.

  6. Paul and Judy Moore

    Becky and Family, we are so sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. May God’s peace and love surround you all. Paul and Judy

  7. Sandra D. Field

    My prayers are lifted high for your family. Dr. Schwedeman was such a dear, sweet, kind man who spoke of the love for his family often with me. I enjoyed his stories about how he would always make sure that he did exactly what his beautiful wife (as he referred to her) Becky told him to do. He always said he didn’t want to be in trouble. He was so proud of his precious new grandson and his parents. His presence will be forever missed and I will continue to pray for the Lords loving arms be placed around your family during this difficult time- Sandra D. Field and Family

  8. Noal & Betty May

    Have appreciated work and friendship with Steve and will miss him very much.

    Noal & Betty May

  9. Kay Lankester Schway

    Steve lived next door to me growing up. I have many fond memories of those

    years. Steve will also have a special place in my heart. I am so sorry for your



  10. Janann Anderson

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Your friend at First Lutheran Church in Longmont, Colorado
    Janann Anderson

  11. Becky, I am so very sorry. May our good shepherd carry you and your children until you are able to walk once more. Kerri Veit

  12. Bob Schwendeman

    Dear Becky, I am so sorry for the unexpected loss of Steve. As his brother I share your pain and am still at a loss for words. There is an emptiness in us that only time can heal. My heart goes out to you.

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