April 22, 1957 – April 20, 2021
Born in Fairbury, NE
Resided in Lincoln, NE
Steven Boyd Menke
Steven Boyd Menke, 63, of Lincoln, was born April 22, 1957, in Fairbury, NE to Perl & Phyllis Menke. After battling complications with leukemia since Sept. 2020, he passed peacefully surrounded by his wife and sons on April 20, 2021 at Bryan East Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Steve graduated from Fairbury High School in 1975. He then graduated from Southeast Community College-Fairbury in 1977 and continued his education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln earning an education degree in 1980. He started his education career at Humboldt High School teaching business and accounting and was head boys basketball coach and assistant football coach from 1980-1989. He then moved to Beatrice in 1989 and taught computer applications at Beatrice Middle School until his retirement in 2015. He was Athletic Director at BMS and coached boys basketball, boys football and boys track. After moving to Lincoln in 2015, he continued as a substitute teacher at Lincoln Public Schools. He was a driver’s education teacher for Nebraska Safety Council from 2013-2020.
Steve chose education as his career and dedicated his life to his students’ education. His passion was being the best educator he could be. He especially enjoyed his fellow educator colleagues and made lifelong friends with many of them.
He enjoyed all sports, especially Husker football and basketball as he was the most loyal fan and was a season ticket holder for over 30 years. He was a lifelong New York Yankee fan spanning four generations in his family. He traveled to the original Yankee Stadium in 2008 with his sons which was a highlight of his life. His most proud moments were watching his two sons play basketball together at Beatrice High School during the state championship game in 2007 and when they were together on the University of Nebraska basketball team where Brent was a student assistant and Trevor was a player. He was referred to as “Big Papi” by his sons friends and teammates. He loved high school football and basketball and recently was known to attend a local game if one of his driver’s ed students were playing. He followed politics closely and could watch CNN for hours on end and never missed voting in an election. He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Lincoln.
Steve met Wendy Scheele while she was working at Mr. Pizza in the summer of 1981 and was a frequent customer during her shifts after getting off work on his summer job at Fairbury Foods. Steve and Wendy were married June 28, 1986 at the American Lutheran Church in Fairbury and he spent the next 34 years making her happy.
Steve and Wendy were blessed with two sons, Brent Menke (Caley) of Lincoln; Trevor Menke (Traci) of Seward and grandson Ellis Boyd Menke. Steve is also survived by his mother, Phyllis Menke of Fairbury; sister, Carla (Marty) Cline of Hebron, mother-in-law, Karen Scheele of Fairbury; brother-in-law, Monty (Julie) Scheele of Hickman, sister-in-law, Sherri Scheele (Terry Vieregger) of Omaha, niece, Heather (Tom Becker) Hergott of Omaha; niece, Jorie Scheele and fiance Tony Rotolo of Omaha and nephew, Jacob Scheele of Lincoln. He was preceded in death by his father, Perl Menke; father-in-law, Floyd Scheele; brother-in-law, Douglas Hergott.
Life celebration gathering will be Friday (4-23-21) Roper and Sons South Lincoln Chapel, 3950 Hohensee Drive from 5-7 pm.
Memorial Service: 10:30 a.m. Saturday (4-24-21) Roper and Sons South Lincoln Chapel with Rev. Jimmy Shelbourn officiating. Face masks are required. Livestream available at roperandsons.com/livestream.
In honor of Steve, family requests that those attending wear Husker red.
In lieu of flowers, memorials will be to the family choice.
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