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Steven Lewis 10/17/2022

Steven Charles (Spanky) Lewis, 64, New Richmond died peacefully surrounded by loving family on October 17, 2022. Steve was born on August 18th, 1958 to Charles and Gladys (Dishneau) Lewis in Chippewa Falls, WI. He was raised and graduated high school in Glenwood City, WI. Steve was a long time police officer and started his police career at the Glenwood City Police Department. In 1985 Steve joined the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department, where he worked as a deputy sheriff until retirement in 2011 after a 27 year career. Steve was not one to sit around and after retirement from the county, Steve proudly served as Star Prairie Police Chief until 2019. Steve always stayed involved in his community, serving on the Star Prairie town board for multiple terms and in his down time could often be seen mowing ditches alongside many roadways. Steve started St Croix BBQ equipment supply in 2016 while also driving school buses for the New Richmond School District and Stillwater School District, and serving as a bus mechanic for Stillwater. Most recently, Steve fulfilled a lifetime dream of working for a carnival and spent the last couple years traveling around and having fun selling tickets and seeing people having fun. Steve enjoyed going camping, taking road trips, and most of all spending time with his family. In 1991 Steve married Debbie Zahnow, they had a 29 year marriage and Steve helped to raise her 3 children Becky, Katie, and Rachell. Steve is survived by his mother, Gladys; his sisters, Kathy (Ken) Granstrom, Sue Dorf (Mike); forever friend, Debbie Lewis; daughters, Rachell (Ethan) Carlson, and Becky Bowen; four grandchildren, McKenzy, Lille, and Dax Carlson, Nicholas Lammo; brothers-in-law, and sisters-in-law, uncles, aunts, many nieces and nephews, and cousins. Steve was preceded in death by his father, Charles; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Corrine and Chuck Zahnow; grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. A Funeral Service was held on Friday, October 28, 2022 at 11 am at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services 728 S Knowles Avenue New Richmond, WI and streamed live through the link just below this obituary.  Visitation was Thursday, October 27, 2022 from 4-8 pm and Friday from 10-11 am at the funeral home.  Interment was in Oakland Cemetery in Star Prairie, WI.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

Click here to watch the recording of Steve’s service



  • Bob Staebell Posted October 18, 2022 5:13 pm

    A good man will be missed. I am so sorry to hear of Steves passing.

  • Jim Krizan Posted October 18, 2022 6:02 pm

    Nobody will replace Spank. He will be missed and not forgotten. Condolence to members of the family.

  • Shawn Pettee Posted October 18, 2022 6:13 pm

    So sorry to hear. What a great guy.

  • Connie Lewis Posted October 18, 2022 7:29 pm

    Hearing of Spank’s passing, breaks my heart! He will be forever in my Heart.Such a great guy!

  • Stanley Larson Posted October 19, 2022 10:34 am

    I knew him many,many years ago.

  • Danielle & Shaun Sipple Posted October 20, 2022 10:37 am

    Rachell and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear about your dad. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers!

  • Sue Berg (Luepke) Posted October 21, 2022 6:54 pm

    What a stellar career! It’s hard to believe he was once my neighbor in Genwood City with just a vacant between our house and the Lewis’. Prayers and love to you, Gladys, Kathy, and Sue.

  • Mike R. Bondarenko Posted October 24, 2022 6:45 am

    I remember when Spanky got hired as a police officer in Glenwood City and couldn’t have been any prouder. I had the pleasure of working with him at the county for many years. He was one of us old-timers and got along with everyone. I am truly saddened to learn of his passing. He was truly a great guy. My condolences to his family.

  • Sandy Nelson Posted October 26, 2022 11:57 am

    RIP, Spanky,we will miss you. My sympathy to Brenda.

  • Sheryl Casey Posted October 26, 2022 12:37 pm

    Rest In Peace Spank, we will miss your kindness and love, but most of all your phone calls. Gods calling for you to better and greater things. Fly high with your wings and be one of Gods angels. Until will meet again my nephew, be at peace you will be greatly missed by all who loves you.

  • Stephen J. T’Kach Posted October 27, 2022 3:09 pm

    Just one of the good guys. Always ready with a smile and a laugh. He will be missed.

  • Tim Moore Posted October 28, 2022 7:46 am

    I met Spanky at recruit school in ’81. We roomed together and became friends. He had an infectious laugh and a positve attitude. We spent time riding with each other when he was in Glenwood City. He was very pround when he landed a spot with the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office and rightfully so. His smile and laugh will be missed.

  • Dr. AJ Cruz Posted October 29, 2022 7:51 pm

    Steve and I met in April of 2020 and we were romantically involved.. He was a very kind man, yet stubborn at times. We really enjoyed spending time together and we often took trips to the cheese factory in Wisconsin. Steve loved cheese curds and he loved to cook. I never ate pumpkin before meeting him and he made a baked pumpkin dish with cinnamon and brown sugar, a dish to die for. We had our last conversation on Saturday, October 15, 2022. He was in good spirits. Little did I know it would be my last conversation with him, but perhaps he knew. He’ll always be a part of my memory.

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