Past State Commander Steven D. Lawrence

Steven Dennis Lawrence age 65 died unexpectedly on Tuesday February 21, 2012 at home. He was born on July 16, 1946 in Janesville, Wisconsin the son of George S. and Kathleen (Thalacker) Lawrence.
Steven graduated from Stoughton High School Class of 1964. He married Susanne Byers on June 19, 1970 at the United Methodist Church in Evansville, Wisconsin. He was employed by the State of Wisconsin Department of Industry Labor and Human Relations until his retirement.
He was a member of the United States Navy from November 1965 until October 1991 when he retired as a Cryptologic Technician Admin First Class. He served in the Vietnam War earning a National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. Steven was very proud of his service to the Country and was very active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was the Past State VFW Commander from 2001-2002, State Adjutant Quartermaster for Wisconsin from 2006- 2012, National Legislative Chairman for the VFW and currently serving on the committee where he has made several trips to Washington, DC to meet on Legislative issues.
He has served on many National, State, District  and Local Committees. He was a member of the Oregon-Brooklyn-McFarland VFW Post 10272 and currently Post Commander, Military Order of the Cooties Madison Pup Tent 41, Naval Fleet Reserve Association 376, Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans, Vietnam Veterans of America, American Legion Brooklyn Wisconsin, and Disabled American Veterans.
Steven is a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church Oregon, Wisconsin and a former member of Oregon Jaycee’s. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Susanne, of Oregon WI., his mother Kathleen Hanson of Madison WI., and many friends and relatives. He was preceded in death by his father George, father and mother in-law Harry and Edna Byers.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00pm on Monday February 27, 2012 at the Ward Funeral Home 130 S. 5th Street Evansville Wisconsin with Reverend Patrick Siegler of Zion Lutheran Church Madison officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery Evansville with Military Rites provided by Oregon- Brooklyn-McFarland VFW Post 10272.
Friends may call on Sunday February 26, 2012 from 3:00pm until 7:00pm at the Ward Funeral Home where a VFW Pass and Review Ceremony will be held at 6:30pm. Memorials may be made to the VFW National Home for Children or charity of your choice.

  1. Ronald Sopa says:

    It’s hard to lose a good guy like Steve.
    I worked with him for many years as a fellow state worker (UI Auditor / Supervisor).
    He was always willing to share his knowledge and kept a positive attitud about himself.

  2. Steve Conto says:

    Where’s Steve?
    Have you seen Steve lately?
    Oh, you just missed him.
    Can I leave him a message?
    Where’s Steve?
    Is he on another trip?
    Who is he talking to now?
    Can I wait till he returns?
    I still have some questions?
    Where did Steve go?
    Perhaps, I can meet him there?

    To answer your questions:
    I just saw Steve this weekend and
    We all just missed him.
    You can leave a message but there won’t be a reply.
    Yes, he’s on another trip.
    But you’ll have to wait to meet him there.
    If you have questions, you’ll have to ask someone else now.
    For you see, the Supreme Commander needed a Quartermaster more than we did.
    And He got the very best.
    Where’s Steve?
    He’s got a new job with a corner office and a grand view.
    God Bless you Steve. I will, so miss you.

    Fair winds and following seas, shipmate!

    Steve C

    • Dana Simons says:

      Thank you, Steve Conto. Very beautiful poem. My friend and comrade is still looking down on us and remains so ever present in spirit with me during this challenging time. I truely miss his guidance and “teasing” on a daily basis. Much love to you, my friend…Steve Lawrence!

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