Steven Ray “Steve” Heuser
Steven Ray “Steve” Heuser, age 63, died April 19, 2018 at his home in Rich Hill, Missouri. Steve was born June 28, 1954 to Harold “Pete” Gene Heuser and Arleta Ruth (Compton) Heuser in Nevada, Missouri. He attended all 12 years of school in the Rich Hill School District. Steve graduated with the Rich Hill High School Class of 1972. Steve will always be affectionately remembered as ‘Stevie” to his classmates and family. On July 27, 1973, Steve married the love of his life, Helen Jean Morrow, at the First Christian Church in Adrian, Missouri. To this union two children were born, Adam Joel Heuser and Cecilia Jayne Heuser. In July 1973, he joined the United States Army and two weeks after getting married, on August 11, 1973 he left for basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and then to Fort Ord, California for a couple of months of training. Steve served his country for 20 years, retiring in August 1993 as a Sergeant First Class. Steve was proud of his military service and loved the opportunities that it provided for his family. He enjoyed being able to show Helen, Adam, and Cecilia the world. Steve always instilled in his children to be thankful and grateful for the opportunities that the Army had provided for them. Of his 20 years of service, he was stationed 12 years at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas because it was close to his family and his hometown of Rich Hill, Missouri. He was also stationed in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, South Korea, Germany, and Egypt. After Steve’s military retirement and the death of his mother, it was time to move back home to Rich Hill. Steve worked as the sexton of the Green Lawn cemetery from 1995 to 1998. He then worked for the State of Missouri as a supply clerk for the National Guard Show-Me Challenge Program until the program ended in 1998. After Steve retired the second time he enjoyed going to the local restaurant to drink coffee with the guys where he picked-up the nickname “Radar” because of his Army personnel job. Steve fought many battles over his lifetime with the most recent being cancer. Due to his history of strokes and cancer he was no longer able to drive but in the past couple of months he would have Helen take the back roads home from Nevada to reminisce about his childhood. Steve was a storyteller and loved to remember the good old days, whether it was with his Army buddies, over dinners with his siblings, or a night out with his beloved classmates. He also had a great love and respect for his fellow Veterans. When he still could, Steve would volunteer his time to drive a fellow veteran to the VA or assist with their disability paperwork. Helping others was a great passion of Steve’s. Steve is survived by his wife Helen, of 44 years; son, Adam Heuser and wife Kelly of Overland Park, Kansas; daughter, Cecilia Heuser and significant other Chief Petty Officer Jaime Acevedo, Washington, DC; and 4 step-grandchildren, Rob, Alex, Carrie, and Torrie. He is also survived by two brothers, Larry Heuser and wife Joyce, of El Dorado Springs, Missouri; and Terry Heuser, of Rich Hill; one sister, Linda Swope and husband Don, of Rich Hill; a special aunt, Pam Tourtillott and husband, Ed of Nevada, Missouri; brotherin- law, John Morrow and wife Carol of Topeka, Kansas; sisters-in-law, Pauline Morrow of Butler, Missouri, Carol Hedrick and husband Steve of Butler, Missouri; and Gail Morrow of Adrian, Missouri; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Arleta Heuser; brother, Donnie Heuser; sister, Margie Heuser; sister-in-law, Cheryl Heuser; and brother-inlaw, Bill Morrow.