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Stephen C Baldwin
  • 64 years old
  • Date of birth: Aug 19, 1949
  • Date of passing: Jul 30, 2014
We will miss you every day Crazy Eagle

Stephen C. Baldwin, age 64 of Barnes, WI passed away unexpectedly on July 30, 2014.  Born in South Bend, Indiana he was a proud student and supporter of Notre Dame University even after he moved his family to CA to pursue a Master's degree in Public Administration at USC.  His loyalty so unwavering, his Saturdays' always consisted of cheering on his Fighting Irish footbll team.  Family brought him back to Minnesota where he spent many years as a healthcare consultant in the Twin Cities and eventually retired to the North Woods in Wisconsin.  Steve loved the outdoors and being surrounded by nature's calming beauty from the quiet trees to the soaring eagles. Lengthy weather updates to his family and friends reminded us all of the ample time he spent doing his true passion: landscaping.  His talented and creative artistry incorporated just the right rock to earn him the nicknme "rockman".  Steve's thoughts were shaped by his love for American History, his need for musical lyricism and his expressive emotion for those so close to his heart.  We will remember him for his animated, long-winded stories, his unique laugh that filled a room, his readiness to help others, and his soaring spirit as he embraced Indian folklore.  Steve lived his life to the fullest and said "That I may always remember, and that my life be a daily proof, that I am dedicated to the well-being of those whom I love - in particular - and to my fellow man - in general."  

Proceeded in death by his parents, Charles and Carolyn Baldwin.  Survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Rose, children Stephanie (Jay), Chris (Tarah), sisters Mary Jo Ludin (John), Cathy Ann Berry (Stephen), soon to be born first grandchild baby W, many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.  A celebration of his life will be held August 30th at the Baldwin home in Barnes, WI. at 2pm.  Steve's preferred memorials are to The Yellowstone Park Foundation, or VHI Save the Music Foundation, for all the little rock stars.  

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by mary garretson on 30th July 2016


It does not seem possible that it has been two years.  Thinking of Steve and you today.

Mary Garretson & Joe Dunn"

This tribute was added by Connie Orton on 30th July 2015

"To Steve's Precious Loved Ones.....My heart and prayers are with all of you this day as they have been in the past year.  I am trusting that wonderful memories of your husband and father are continuing to bring comfort to your hearts. May the promise of eternal life through Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord fill you with peaceful reassurance.  (((Hugs)))  Connie"

This tribute was added by Irene Turner on 30th July 2015

"Dear Rose,  I'm sure today will be filled with mixed emotions, well wishes and the completion of a year you never wanted to live. Rose you are to be admired for your strength and faith in life. What an example you are to let others know that deep yearning, sadness, loneliness and death, of a loved one, does not need to end joy, excitement of life, love, friendships and hope. I pray that today will be just what you need it to be to honor your Steve. With love, Irene"

This tribute was added by Kim Berry on 30th August 2014

"I so wish that I could be there today to celebrate Uncle Steve's life. I have many fond memories of him from when our families lived closer to each other in California, but also from visits to Minnesota, Ohio, and other family reunion destinations. There were supposed to be so many more! I will always hold his raucous laugh, gentle manner, and stories in my heart. Who can forget the infamous belt buckle? Uncle Steve, you are sorely missed. Love to Aunt Rose, Stephanie, Jay, and Chris (and Tarah, whom I look forward to meeting)."

This tribute was added by Mary Garretson on 27th August 2014


I was stunned to hear of Steve's sudden passing.  Since I received your email my thoughts have returned to Steve many times.  I have so many fond memories of our time in Santa Barbara and they that keep coming back to me at the most unexpected times.  

Then I have to smile when I remember what a nice visit we had with you and Steve here in Florida.  Joe and I were looking forward to seeing you both again in Florida and to having the opportunity to see the lovely home that Steve and you worked so hard to create and that Steve was so proud of.   I particularly remember Steve's solution to the 'squirrel' in the walls of the house problem.  We laughed when Steve told the story and it still gives me a laugh.

The young man that I knew and the 'mature' man that I was able to re-connect with was the same funny, great guy just in an older body.  It was a pleasure to be able to spend time with both of you.  I wish we there had been more times.

Our thoughts are with you and your family at this very difficult time.  

Mary Garretson & Joe Dunn
Satellite Beach, Florida"

This tribute was added by Cathy Linder on 22nd August 2014

"Dear Rose and family,
Thinking about you daily.  Loved Steve, his laugh, love of history and the smile brought to his face by a fresh pastry and a Coke.
Will see you next weekend.
With love,

This tribute was added by elaine brustad on 13th August 2014

"Dear Rose, I am so sorry to hear about Steve. We had many laughs during his training at the Town of Barnes, he was always such a happy guy!"

This tribute was added by Tracy Ophoven on 11th August 2014

"Native American Ishi People of the Pacific Northwest Prayer
Cry for me a little
Think of me sometimes
But not too much.
Think of me now and again
As I was in life
At some moments it's pleasant to recall
But not for long.
Leave me in peace
And I shall leave you in peace
And while you live
Let your thoughts be with the living.

I will miss you, my dear friend Steve. To Rose and family, may your wonderful memories bring you comfort, may the love you share bring you strength, and may the promise given through Christ Jesus bring you peace."

This tribute was added by Dana Hodowanic on 11th August 2014

"A week before Steve's passing, he came over to the house and gave us idea's for landscaping the hillside next to our new addition.  His happy nature was a delight to be around and Brian and I enjoyed his and your company over many a meal.  Steve will be missed but thought of often when we start landscaping.  God bless you, Stephanie and Chris."

This tribute was added by Irene Turner on 10th August 2014

"Dear Rose,  Jerry and I are deeply sorry that your Steve is no longer here. What a horrible shock for your whole family to loose him so suddenly.  May all of you be filled with love and support from other family members and friends as you move through this very difficult journey.  We WOWW's will be there for you."

This tribute was added by Jeanne Baxter on 10th August 2014

"Dearest Rose and family,

My prayers and thoughts are with you and please know that in the days to come, your WOWW friends will be there for you.  I feel privileged to have met Steve.  May your lives continue to reflect his vision of the world."

This tribute was added by Trish Hemming on 10th August 2014

"I am deeply sorry for your loss.  Keeping you and yours in my thoughts and prayers."

This tribute was added by George Beard on 9th August 2014

"Dear Rose, Stephanie, and Christopher:

It was a gut punch to learn today about Steve's untimely passing a week ago.  

My mind is aswirl with fond memories of the fellowship and adventures we shared back in the mid-70s--from the October splendor of Mt. Whitney to many trips to the Cold Springs Tavern during our Santa Barbara days.  It was a joy to know you, my brother!

Steve's passing teaches us that life is short and precious.  It should cause us to commit to appreciating each and every day we have on this earth--to being gentle with those we encounter--and taking care of each other.  This sentiment is better expressed by the Scottish poet, Thomas Campbell, who wrote:  "To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die …"  

Please take comfort in this day (and all days to come) with the knowledge that Steve lives in our hearts.


George Beard
Portland, Oregon"

This tribute was added by Jordan Yanco on 9th August 2014

"Was lucky enough to meet him at the cabin. My heart goes out to Rose, Chris, and Steph."

This tribute was added by Connie Orton on 9th August 2014

"I never had the opportunity to personally meet Steve but I do know two things about him having met Rose and Stephanie this past year....  Steve made wise decisions because he chose Rose to be his wife and he instilled a love for life within his children because joy and happiness spring forth in Stephanie's smile and laughter.  May all the wonderful memories you shared as a family bring comfort to your lives now and forever."

This tribute was added by Jenny Hays on 9th August 2014

"My heart goes out to you.  I am truly and deeply sorry for
your loss.   X"

This tribute was added by Carlo Wandersee on 9th August 2014

"Steve passed away doing the thing he loved, landscaping, it was his labor of love. He moved many a rock and created a solid foundation for  many friends and family with the job he loved to do.  My heart goes out to Rosie Chris and Steph during this difficult time. I am however looking forward to hearing Steve's "5 Golden Rings"  someday in heaven."

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