Funeral services for Stephen Michael Burk of Seymour are set for 10 a.m. today (Wednesday), Feb. 24, 2021, in the Ozark Mennonite Church. Burial will follow in the Ozark Mennonite Cemetery, under the direction of the Fraker Funeral Home of Marshfield.
“I am not interested in just getting by down here. I am determined, by the help and grace of God, to make it safely home to Heaven.”
Stephen Michael Burk was born on Sept. 14, 1950, in Springfield to Jack Michael Burk and Evelyn Vaughn (Lee) Burk. He went home to be with the Lord at 70 years of age, on Feb. 19, 2021, in his Seymour home.
The son of a Missouri bridge contractor, Steve had moved with his family 37 times by the time he was 13 years old.
The variety of schools, communities and acquaintances he interacted with in those years were the sources of colorful tales that kept his family entertained for hours.
Steve was known to many in his community as the owner of Byler Building Supply.
Steve gave his heart to the Lord at the age of 19. He met his future wife, Ann Wallace, at Salem Bible College in Ohio. After graduating in 1972, he began pastoring at Bible Missionary Church in Marshfield.
He joined the Ozark Mennonite congregation in 1983, where he served as a deacon from 1985 until his death.
He enjoyed teaching at the Ozark Mennonite School from 1984 to 1988. Steve was a master storyteller, weaving the events of his life into practical illustrations for his sermons, sometimes to the chagrin of his children.
Joining Steve and Ann’s family were six children, Michael (Melissa Yoder), Esther, Elisabeth (Darrell Ramer), Eunice (Joseph Miller), Daniel and Dorcas (Kent Kropf). Steve enjoyed many happy times with his 17 grandchildren.
In addition to Steve’s wife, children and grandchildren, he is survived by two sisters, Carolyn (Roger Bricker) and Mary (Steve Dillon).
Steve was preceded in death by his father and mother.
Steve’s big and generous heart blessed many people. If he heard of a need, he would gather up something that would help. Even if he didn’t feel well himself, he would deliver it personally to the needy individual.
Steve’s testimony was Philippians 4:14: “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
Online condolences may be made at www.frakerfuneralhome.com.