Steven W. Nies, 68

Steven W. Nies, age 68, resident of Michigan, ND, and Mesa, AZ died Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND.

Steven Wesley Nies was born September 17, 1948 in Eureka, South Dakota, the son of Harold and Mildred (Bader) Nies. He was raised and attended school in Wishek, ND, graduating in 1966. He then went to Valley City State and earned his education degree. Steve married Connie Lehr in 1969. Together they had two children, Dawn and Brent. Steve married Deb Braathen in 1991 and brought 3 sons into his life, Christopher, Eric, and Nicholas.

Steve worked at the Ward County Auxiliary Sheriff’s Department and then worked for Central Mutual for 24 years. He was the president for numerous organizations including: FFA, Norsemen MC Motorcycle Club, Rugby Chamber of Commerce, KC & Eagles in Rugby, and on several board of directors. He was a member of the Lay Ministry. Steve and Deb also owned SLV Vac in Alamosa, CO and at the time of Steve’s death, they owned the Alamosa Economy Campground in Alamosa, CO. He loved golfing, playing shuffle board and bunco. Most of all, Steve loved being a grandpa.

Steve will be deeply missed by his wife Deb; children Dawn DeTraz, Bismarck, ND, Brent Nies, Alamosa, CO, Christopher O’Brien, Michigan, ND, Eric (Yvette) O’Brien, La Jara, CO, Nick (Alyssa) O’Brien, Monte Vista, CO; grandchildren Andrew, Sierra, Arriana, Tristyn, Jack, Justin, Justine, Brand and 3 great grandchildren; Mother Mildred Nies, Wishek, ND; brothers James Nies, Mesa, AZ, Dwight Nies, Alexander, ND, and Craig (Gale) Nies, Dundee, OR; and several nieces and nephews. Steve is preceded in death by his father Harold, grandparents and sister, Deb.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at the Michigan Lutheran Church in Michigan, North Dakota.