Steven R. Niles

Steven R. Niles, 70, of Fayette, died unexpectedly Monday, June 5, 2017, at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital in West Union.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 8, 2017, at the Fayette Community Church with Pastor Andy Sayer officiating. Interment will be held at Lima Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Wednesday, June 7th at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Fayette and for one hour prior to the services at the church on Thursday. 

Steven Rex, son of Rex and Joyce (Ideker) Niles, Jr. was born March 10, 1947, at the New Hampton Hospital. He received his education in the Fayette Schools graduating from Fayette High School in 1965. Following high school, Steve continued his education at trade school for mechanics. While attending school at night, he also worked as a mechanic at Zabriskie Auto Shop in Fayette. On March 6, 1970, he was united in marriage with Carol Lamphier at the United Methodist Church in West Union. Steve continued to work for Zabriskie until purchasing the family farm in the spring of 1972. In addition to farming, he had an auto shop he operated at their farm. In 2005, Steve accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and was baptized on September 7, 2006, by Pastor Carl Tenney at the Volga River. Steve always said that he was very fortunate to be able to work in areas that he thoroughly enjoyed, farming and auto repair. He was a very skilled auto mechanic and enjoyed finding new ways to fix things. Steve also enjoyed being involved at the Fayette Community Church, reading, but most especially enjoyed time spent with his family.

In addition to his wife, Carol of Fayette, Steve is survived by his four children, Angie (Roy) Smith of Kanawha, Kevin Niles of Independence, Amy (Kevin) Murphy of Oelwein, and Joe (Kelly) Niles of Manchester; seven grandchildren, Heather (Tim) Finley, Sonya Gordon, Ashley Murphy, Tyler Murphy, Alex (Sue) Eaton, Kennedy Niles, and Sam Niles; two great-grandchildren, Ronald and Rickie Finley; two brothers, Jim (Myrna) Niles of Sumner, and Paul Niles of Wadena; two sisters, Linda (Len) Zody of Merriam, Kansas, and Janet (Bruce) Orr of Randalia; many nieces and nephews; and three sisters-in-law, Bonnie Kline of Fayette, Mabel (Frank) Garcia of Oelwein, and Becky (Bruce) Ingersoll of Fayette.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and several in-laws.


Marisue (Yates) Sievert & Orland on June 8, 2017 at 7:56 PM said:

Carol & family,

Steve was a good man always with a smile. He will be remembered by many as someone whom you enjoyed and as a hard working fella. We send our heartfelt sympathy to you and the whole family. Such a loss.
Rollie Stoneman on June 7, 2017 at 7:55 PM said:

Saddened to hear of Steve's passing. He'll be greatly missed. A really good c!assmate.
Linda (King) Staker on June 7, 2017 at 4:18 PM said:

Steve was a great classmate. I am so sorry to hear of his passing.
Alice Wagner on June 7, 2017 at 7:25 AM said:

Deepest sympathies to Carol & the whole Niles' family. My thoughts & prayers are with you.
John,Deb, Travis, and Scott on June 7, 2017 at 7:15 AM said:

Aunt Carol, Angie, Kevin, Amy, and Joe, we are all deeply sorry for your loss. Uncle Steve was a wonderful person and we know your pain. I hope you find your peace.
Jack & Diane Wenthe on June 7, 2017 at 2:03 AM said:

Carol and family, you all are in our prayers.
Anonymous on June 6, 2017 at 8:20 PM said:

He was a good man.
Anonymous on June 6, 2017 at 8:19 PM said:

He was a good man.
Mary Lawless on June 6, 2017 at 7:30 PM said:

My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this most difficult time. Find peace in the wonderful memories you have with Steve.
Beverly Schuety Lundeen on June 6, 2017 at 6:35 PM said:

My deepest sympathies to the friends and family,
Ellen Thomas Meier on June 6, 2017 at 5:13 PM said:

Janet I'm so sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family!!
Stephen Cohenour on June 6, 2017 at 3:18 PM said:

I am so very sorry for your loss. He was a good man and a pleasure to know. We will miss him much
Wanda Crawford on June 6, 2017 at 2:31 PM said:

So sorry for your loss Niles family. My thoughts and prayers will be with you through this difficult time.
Patty Nefzger on June 6, 2017 at 1:27 PM said:

I am so very sorry for your loss. I am so glad we got to visit with him a couple of weeks ago at Barney. I always had a soft spot in my heart for Steve. He always had a warm smile and a caring heart. My heart aches for you.

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