Steve Springer, 55, a husband, father, businessman and friend of many, died Jan. 17, 2004, from complications of pancreatic cancer.

His memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Eagles Lodge, 2935 H St.

Steve kept his spirits high and his sense of humor intact throughout his nine-month bout with cancer. He enjoyed working laboriously and had a keen love of the outdoors. His friends and family were the most important things in his life. Most people knew him from Sho Gun Video, the business that he and his wife, Harumi Springer, owned and operated for the past 16 years.

Steve served in the military in the 1960s during the Vietnam War. He enlisted in the Navy with his best friend, Bill Gilliland, and became part of the Navy Air Sea Rescue where he jumped out of helicopters to save soldiers stranded in the water.

He was stationed in Atsugi, Japan, outside of Yokohama, where he met the love of his life, Harumi Furuta. They married on March 11, 1971, and he brought her back with him on his return home.

They settled in Baker City and had their first child, Richard Eugene Springer, on Jan. 16, 1974. Their daughter, Michelle Tomoko Springer, was born on May 4, 1977.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Theron and Dorothy; and his brother Terry Springer.

He left behind a very large family, much too extensive to list them all, but the most immediate of which are his wife, Harumi Springer; his two children, Richard and Michelle Springer; his brother, Jim Springer; and his sister, Rebecca Henry.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Boise Veterans Hospital, Oncology Department, through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place Street, Baker City, OR 97814.

Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, January 30, 2004
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor