Stephen Horbett Burns
Stephen Horbett Burns passed away at home on November 6, 2014, in the company of close family after being diagnosed with cancer late last year.
Steve was born June 2, 1962, in Bedford, Indiana, to Louis and Rita (nee Horbett) Burns.
Steve is survived by his wife, Lisa (nee Heinen), son, Thomas, and daughter, Mary Beth. He is also survived by his mother, Rita (nee Horbett); two brothers, Peter (Julietta) of Monument, CO, and Andrew of Brooklyn, NY; sister, Marguerite, (Adolf Gundersen) of Madison, WI; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his father Louis .
Steve attended Brookfield Central High School, Waukesha Technical College, and MSOE before taking over Greenfield Motors with his partner Kevin Schuchardt.
Steve and Lisa were married May 20, 1995, at St. Mary’s Visitation Parish in Elm Grove, WI.
The more you knew Steve, the more aware you were of his intense work ethic, an ethic rooted deeply in Steve’s commitment to serving faith, family, and customers. Steve was also determined, inquisitive, and savvy. He was well known as a master auto mechanic. Steve’s knowing hands also cultivated a veritable truck farm in the family’s back yard, built and maintained computer systems, and served up a constant stream of delicacies from the back yard grill, including world-class prime rib (when his beloved dog Fred let him).
With the exception of the occasional Packer game and Indy race, Steve most loved active outdoor pursuits that involved a mechanical element, usually at high speed. As a young man he toured the country racing scaled-down versions of Indy cars. As a father, he turned his attention to family pursuits. With young children at home, he split his time between tending to the house and garden, where he could not only roto-till with the best of them, but fix the tiller. As the children got older, Steve captained the ship for water sports and fishing and oversaw the kids’ snow-tubing behind an ATV in the backyard.
The family expresses its gratitude to all those who supported Steve in the months following his diagnosis. They also wish to thank the doctors and staff of Aurora Cancer Center, Seasons Hospice, the Rent-a-Daughters, and the medical staff at Waukesha Memorial Hospital for their many kindnesses and expert care.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, November 14, at 6:00 p.m. at Holy Apostles Church, 16000 W. National Ave., New Berlin. Visitation will be at Holy Apostles from 4:00 p.m. until the time of service. Online condolences may be submitted at www.heritagefuneral.com.
Memorials may be given to the Burns children’s educational fund in care of Lisa Burns.
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