Steve Black - November 06, 2001Steve Black, 58, a resident of Aurora, died Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, from natural causes at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m.. Friday, Nov. 11 at the First Christian Church in Aurora. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. Thursday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary. In lieu of flowers please send contributions to the Plainsman Museum in Aurora. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Steve, “Blackie” to his friends, was born on July 15, 1953 in Los Angeles, Calif. He spent his childhood growing up in California, Nevada and Oklahoma before settling in what he considered his true hometown, Aurora. Steve excelled in athletics at Aurora High School, and was a member of the state championship baseball team. He was starting quarterback for the football team and starting guard for the basketball team. He went on to stand out in basketball, baseball and tennis at Kearney State College where, among other things, he earned a degree in education and married Ann Thompson of Dalton, with whom he would go on to raise a loving family, of which he was extremely proud.
Steve taught and coached at Kearney High School before going on to work at West Pharmaceutical Services for 25 years, where he became the quality control manager. After moving on from West, Steve moved back to Aurora where he spent the last years of his life devoted to family and friends, enjoying life, biking, and volunteering at the Harold Edgerton Center.
“Blackie” loved the cool weather and beauty of Nebraska autumns, watching his favorite golfer, Phil Mickelson, rooting for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, enjoying Kearney High School track, listening to the Beatles, celebrating Christmas, Disneyland and playing cards with his buddies.
Steve is survived by his children, Ryan and Megan and their mother, Ann; parents, Bill and Lorene; siblings Douglas, Brenda, Billie and Lisa and Ken Beach; four nieces, Lisa, Brittney, Logan and Amber; four nephews, Jimmy, Kenny, Joey and Jake; two great-nieces, Alyssa and Ashton; two great-nephews, Tyler and Emma; and close family friends, Jim Vanderheiden and Shirley Strotman.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents and nephew.
He was very much loved and will be tremendously missed.