Steve Albert Bamberger was born Aug. 12, 1953, to Beverly Erickson and Richard Bamberger in Beloit Wis.

At the age of 17 Steve enlisted in the Marines. He served a tour of duty in Vietnam. When he returned home he hauled milk for a local trucking company. He later became employed in Stillwater, Minn., as a prison security guard. Within a few years he drove semi over the road.

Steve is one of twin boys. Each weighed 3 pounds when they were born. They spent 65 days in an incubator before they could go home. They were news back then.

When Steve was 30 he had a tumor removed from his brain.

He was a very strong Christian at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church. He loved our Savior Jesus Christ and would tell his sister that’s why he went to church, to hear and learn about the Lord. He was also thrilled that there is a museum in the church. He said he had never seen that in a church.

He took many walks around Osceola and made some friends.

He loved the country and found it sad that a lot of farms are no longer in operation and there are very few cows!

Steve was preceded in death by his mother Beverly Erickson, Richard Bamberger, and brother James Bamberger (twin), his brother Brian D. Bunker of Nevada.

Steve is survived by his sister, Toni (Randy) Wahl and brother, Kevin Bunker; niece, Kari Jo Wahl (Pete Krumrie); nephew, Curtis L. Wahl; two great-nieces, Dakotah Faith Krumrie and Victoria Lynn Krumrie and three great-nephews, Austin D. Wahl, Trystan Edward Krumrie, and Logan Randall Krumrie.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Sept. 11, at the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in St. Croix Falls, with a visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Osceola.

Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed at

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