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Steven J Pook

01/06/1942 - 08/23/2017

Burial Date: 08/26/2017

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Steven James Poock, 75, passed away suddenly at his home on August 23, 2017.

His life celebration will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 26, 2017, at the First Presbyterian Church in Muscatine with the Rev. Dr. Pamela Saturnia presiding. Visitation and lunch will follow at the First Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Muscatine. A private burial will take place at a later date. The Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences: www.wittichfuneralhome.com

He was born to Arnold H. and Evelyn Grace Tiesinger Poock on January 6, 1942, in Iowa City. The family settled in Monticello, Iowa. He was awarded the honor of Eagle Boy Scout.

Steve worked his way through college and graduated twice from Iowa State University earning degrees in Microbiology and Food Technology. He was a member of Adelante Fraternity where he was social chairman.

He met Arlen Long in chemistry class at ISU; a spark was ignited. They were married on July 24, 1965, in Boone, Iowa. They recently celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary with family.

He pursued a long career at Grain Processing Corporation where he was in technical starch sales. He retired in 2005.

In his more youthful days, Steve loved kayaking, canoeing, and horseback riding with his family. He truly enjoyed camping trips with buoyant friends and his children.

Steve is remembered for his kindness, fairness, humbleness, and sense of humor. Persistence is his most influential life lesson he bestowed to his children.

He is survived by his wife, Arlen Poock; and two children, Brandon Poock of Muscatine, and Melanie (Tom) Morgan, of Coralville; two grandchildren, Elizabeth Grace and Benjamin Paul Morgan; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Carl and Laurie Long of Madrid; and cousins, Dave (Doreen) Lechner and Shirley Merner of Cedar Falls.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, Gary Poock.