Steve wished for neither a viewing nor a service. His family will hold a celebration of life in Michigan at a future date tbd.
Stephan Thomas VanderHorst, age 75, departed for the next part of his journey through the universe on November 30, 2021 at his home.
Steve was born in Toledo, Ohio to John and Alice (LaCourse) VanderHorst. Steve was a proud member of the Local 8 IBEW Union in Toledo, but worked all over the country as a traveling electrician, following his wandering soul where it wanted to explore. When Steve came to Montana in 1980, he knew he was home. He retired in Missoula in the 90's and made a happy life for himself as an artist and avid gardener. Steve's retirement was complete when he became a grandfather. He devoted himself to the role of Grandpa of the Mountains and succeeded in bringing tremendous joy to his grandchildren.
Steve will be remembered as a rare gift to this world by his loved ones. He saw and loved people for who they truly were without exception. He was a loving father and delighted in being the world's best grandpa as well as a thoughtful brother, uncle and friend to a community of people who are greater for knowing him.
Steve is survived by his children, Caleb (Miranda) VanderHorst and Emma (Theodore) Wieckowski; grandchildren, Cassandra and Sebastian Wieckowski; siblings, Al (Nancy) VanderHorst, Carol (Steve) Rutz, Dot (Bill) Stacy, Paul (Jean) VanderHorst, Jim (Sheila) VanderHorst, and Doug (Shelia) VanderHorst; many loving nieces and nephews; a wonderful circle of friends; and Heime the cat.
Steve was preceeded in death by his parents; brother Edward VanderHorst; ex-wife, Anna Colnar; and his faithful companion of 20 years, George T. Cat.
Steve did not wish for a viewing or service and will be cremated in accordance with his wishes. If anyone feels moved to make a donation in his name in lieu of flowers, Steve was a lifelong fan and supporter of Montana Public Radio as well as a supporter of The Poverello Center in Missoula.