William Harvey Steven was born November 22, 1959 in Algona, son of Harvey and Pauline Steven. The first nine years of his life were spent in the state of Minnesota where his father finished seminary and began his first pastorate. Following a family move back to Algona, he attended Algona Community Schools and graduated in 1978. After his high school graduation, William held a variety of jobs in the baking and retail industry.
While living in Pocahontas, William served as manager of the local Dollar General store and loved greeting the many customers that entered the door. On January 21, 2015, he was united in marriage to Ward Rheuport.
During his spare time, William loved to cook and bake. He always had a surprise recipe to try out for special occasions or a fun gathering with friends. Friends were a big part of William's life and he loved catching up on the latest news about families, jobs, and vacations. In addition to his love for cooking and baking, William spent a great deal of time loving and spoiling their dogs, Butch and Rowdy. Often, he could be seen treating their four-legged friends like kids.
William died unexpectedly at home in Algona on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. He was 61.
William is survived by his mother, Pauline Steven of Algona; siblings, Thomas (Karla) Steven of Pella, Julianne (Charlie) Taylor of Pella, and Jonathan Steven of Algona; nieces and nephews, Danielle Steven and Clayton Steven of Pella, and Savannah Steven and Matthew Steven of Algona. William is also survived by extended family, Cassandra (Andrew) Jansen of Rolfe and their children Zoey and Zach Rheuport; sister-in-law, Gaby Thieseen of Weir, KS; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Preceding him in death are his husband, Ward; and his father, Harvey Steven.