In Memoriam : Edward Steck

Edward Steck Edward William Steck - age: 76
(February 20, 1947 to May 11, 2023 )
Resident of Exeter, California

Visitation Information:
Memorial Service will take place on June 24, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at the Christ Lutheran Church at 3830 W Tulare Ave, Visalia, CA 93277.

Edward William Steck, 76, of Exeter, passed away on May 11, 2023 in Visalia.
Ed was born in Chicago, IL to Jeanette and Albert Steck on February 20, 1947. After graduating college, Ed enlisted in the Army and served two tours in Vietnam. He continued his career in the Army after a brief break in service and proudly retired from active duty in 1994.
Ed lived a life of service and charity. From his time in Texas to New Mexico and finally California, Ed had a reputation for generosity and kindness. As a licensed nurse, Ed was a vital caregiver to his nephew Steven for 11 years. Here in Visalia he found purpose and family within the congregation at Christ Lutheran Church. He sang in the choir, rang bells for the bell choir, participated in the reconciliation group, and supported Clip Arts, an after school program. His passion for music and theater was marked by his continued participation with Theater Arts Alliance, Visalia Community Chorus, and support for the Sequoia Symphony. He worked diligently alongside others to support people experiencing homelessness and the LGBTQ+ community, making sure that all, no matter their background, felt welcomed. Ed was active and interested in politics having served on the City Council in Williamsburg, NM and as a local representative for the Tulare County Democratic Central Committee. His passions and causes were many and it would be impossible to list them all.
Ed is preceded in death by his wife of 35 years, Heidi Steck, and his sister, Persis, and brother, Albert. He is survived locally by his niece Kristine Williford and her husband Reece, by his grand-nephews Samuel (Katelyn) and Steven, and his grand-niece Catherine (Charlie) and great-grand nephew Logan and is also survived by nephews John, William, James, and niece Susan.
The family wishes to express its sincere gratitude to the many people that gave Ed meaning and purpose in his later years of life. You made his life better and more fulfilling each and every day.
There will be a celebration of life for Ed Steck at Christ Lutheran Church in Visalia on June 24th at 11:00 am. In honor of his love of Hawaiian shirts, please feel free to wear your own tropical clothing in his memory.
Donations in memory of Ed can be made to the Disabled American Veterans by going to and The Source at