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Sophia Katharine (Eickhoff) Stepper

Born - Monday, April 30,1885

Auburn, Nemaha County, Nebraska

Confirmed - Sunday, April 8, 1900

Zion Lutheran Church

Belmont Township, Phillips County, Kansas

Married - Wednesday, May 16, 1906

Residence - May 6, 1910

Mound Township, Phillips County, Kansas

Died - Friday, April 30, 1926

Kansas City, Missouri

 Buried - Sunday, May 2, 1926

Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery,

Belmont Township, Phillips County, Kansas


Buried - Zion Lutheran Cemetery - Belmont





Mrs. Sophia Katharine Stepper passed away at Kansas City, Missouri, last Friday at noon. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Eickhoff of Speed. She was born at Auburn, Nebraska, on April 30, 1885. She was soon afterwards baptized into the name of the triune God. Two years later the family moved to Speed, Kansas. There she grew up with three brothers and one sister. In her fifteenth year she received the necessary religious instruction and on April 8, 1900, she was confirmed and admitted for her first communion at the Lutheran church at Belmont. She has always been an active member of her church. On the 16th of May, 1906, she was married to George Stepper with whom lived a happy and contented life  for nearly 20 years. After they had lived for several years on a farm near Stuttgart, they moved to Densmore, fifteen years ago, where they took possession of a hardware business, which they carried on successfully. Since that time they have been members of the Lutheran church, northeast of Logan. During the first four years after their marriage, two children were born to them, Lydia and Irwin.

Mrs. Stepper, on the whole, during the time of her life, enjoyed good health until six or seven months ago, when she was befallen by a disease, which, together with influenza which later set in, was to become the cause of her death. Everything was done to check the destructive course of the disease, the nature of which seemed to be problematic even to the physicians. About four weeks ago she was taken to a hospital at Kansas City. In spite of all the efforts of the doctors and nurses, she became weaker from day to day, until last Friday, April 30, at noon, in the presence of her husband and her father, she parted from this life. She had reached the age of 41 years, and 17 days.

Besides her husband and two children, both of her parents and three brothers survive: her only sister having died ten years ago.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at the home, at 1 o'clock, and at the Wolf Creek Lutheran church at 3 o'clock. Interment at the Lutheran church cemetery.


We wish to thank our dear friends for their kind assistance, during the illness and death of our dear wife and mother, and for the beautiful floral offerings.

George Stepper, Lydia Stepper, & Erwin Stepper


Logan Republican


May 6, 1926




 Husband - George Michael Stepper

Born - April 21, 1877 - Kansas

Residence - April 25, 1930

Densmore, West Union Township, Norton County, Kansas

Died - Thursday, June 13,1968

Densmore, Norton County, Kansas

 Buried - Sunday,  June 16,1968

Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery,

Belmont Township, Phillips County, Kansas

Father - Leonard Stepper

Born - February 1851 - Württemberg, Germany

Married - 1877

Mother - Anna Stepper

Born - November 1853 - Germany





George M. Stepper

of Densmore Dies

George M. Stepper, 91, of Densmore, died last night at the Norton County Hospital, following a lengthy illness.

Mr. Stepper was born at Stuttgart, April 21, 1877, son of Leonard

and Anna Stepper, and came to Densmore in 1911 to establish a hardware and implement business. He ran the business until 1947, and also had farming interests around Densmore.

Eckhart Funeral Home of Logan announced funeral services will be at 3 p.m., Sunday, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Logan. Reverend Carl Deitz will officiate. Burial will be at Belmont Lutheran Cemetery north of Speed.

He was married to Sophia Eickhoff, May 16, 1906. She died April 30, 1926. Two children, born of this marriage survive. They are Mrs. Leta Harrison and her husband, Rex of Delvan, Kansas and Erwin Cy Stepper and his wife, Debra, of Rexford.

He was married to Clara Legg June 27, 1928. His second wife died January 19, 1958.

He is also survived by two stepchildren, Seral Legg and his wife, Margaret, of San Lorenzo, California, and Mrs. Mildred Norton of Gresham, Oregon, five grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and three step-grandchildren. Also surviving is a brother, Henry, and his wife, Lottie, of Stuttgart, and two sisters, Mrs. Anna Dettmer and her husband, Ed of Kenington and Mrs. Louis Krafft of Orange, California. He was preceded by his parents, his two wives, three sisters and two brothers.


The Norton Daily Telegraph


June 14, 1968



2nd Wife - Clara B. (Legg) Stepper

Born - April 3, 1882 - Kansas

Married - June 27, 1928

Died - January 19, 1958 - Kansas

 Buried - Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery,

Belmont Township, Phillips County, Kansas



Daughter - Leta M. (Stepper) Harrison

Born - November 11,  1907- Kansas

Died - April 23, 1998

Salina, Saline County, Kansas

Husband - Rex Harrison


Son - Ervin "Cy" A.  Stepper

Born - July 9, 1909

Stuttgart, Phillips County, Kansas

Died - August 30, 1986

Houston, Houston County, Texas

Buried - Pleasant View Cemetery

Logan, Phillips County, Kansas

Wife - Debra Stepper



Brother - August Fredrick Eickhoff

Born - June 15, 1887

Brother - Johan Fredrick Eickhoff

Born - November13, 1889


Veteran World War IBrother - Fredrick Daniel Eickhoff

Born - December 5, 1893

Sister - Louisa M. (Lucy) Eickhoff

Born - July 9, 1896

Died - November 23, 1914



Father - Fred Eickhoff

Mother - Magdalena (Eltiste) Eickhoff


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