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Stephen John Hiaeshutter, age 64, of Grand Rapids, peacefully passed away in his home surrounded by the love of his family as the sun rose on Sunday, November 29, 2020. He gallantly fought and gracefully lost a 6 year battle with colon cancer. He was born February 10, 1956, in Grand Rapids, to James Hiaeshutter and Abbie Weller. On July 3 1999, he married Christine M. Connell, and celebrated 21 years of life and laughs with her.  

Stephen graduated from Forest Hills Central High School and attended Grand Rapids Community College before dedicating 27 years to Amway as a Sales Leader. During his tenure, he travelled the world commanding rooms, uplifting spirits and inspiring business owners. Later in life, ever the consummate salesman, he spent another 10 years in sales management at Art Van. There, he found fulfillment coaching and mentoring teams of younger talent across multiple stores. 

Outside of work, you could find him on Long Lake, driving his boat with any number of family members on skis and tubes in tow. Even after his cancer diagnosis in 2015, you could still catch him dropping a ski and showing off. His athleticism didn’t stop there; for decades, he religiously played basketball where he earned the nickname, “Hi-shooter.” When he did rest, he did it watching a classic film or television show like Star Wars, Star Trek and Hogans Heros with a big bowl of popcorn. Of all of his hobbies, his most cherished was anything related to his family. He cheered them on at games, recitals, graduations and in work achievements. He made sure every birthday and holiday was marked in a special way. He organized water gun and silly string fights and played countless games of cards.  

He leaves behind his bride of 21 years, Chris, his children: Jason (Stephanie) Hiaeshutter, Michelle (Curt) Beenen, Heather Cawthorne, Kati (Steve) Regester and Mandy Tikkanen; his grandchildren: Megan, Michael, Stephen, Makenzie, Kaden, Morgan, Tyler, Lucas, Sierra, Connor, Leevi and Lucy. According to Stephen, this family was his greatest legacy and they each will continue to make him proud and carry on his spirit.  

He is preceded in death by his parents: Abbie Weller and James Hiaeshutter. It gives his family great solace to know that, in death, he was reunited with his best friend, Calvin Laufer and that he’ll have his dad and greatest motorcycle partner at his side, as he rides throughout the great beyond. 

He was a captain, a mentor and a leader to many and while he is no longer there to guide, he was at peace, knowing his family and friends would continue along a path he helped pave. 

Per his wishes, his body has been cremated and his spirit, which remains ever present, will be honored at a later date. Details on his “Celebration of Life” to follow in 2021. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Lemmen Holten Cancer Center (https://give.spectrumhealth.org/donations) to honor the nurses and doctors who became a second family as he valiantly fought his fight.

To send a message of sympathy or share a memory of this great man, his family asks you to please sign Stephen’s online guest book by visiting: www.michigancremation.com  

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  1. Jason on December 1, 2020 at 2:12 pm

    Dad, you are so loved and you will be missed. Just know that you live on in so many of us and your family feels your strong presence every day. You have left us well prepared and ready for anything else that could come our way in life. Enjoy your heavenly rides with Grandpa and your giant feast I am sure Cal had waiting for you when you arrived.



  2. Michelle on December 1, 2020 at 2:20 pm

    Still feels like I’m living an awful dream, there is comfort in knowing that you are no longer in pain and having to fight such an awful, awful disease. Give Grandpa a big hug for me! Forever in our hearts, Forever on our minds! I love you and miss you so much Dad!



  3. Kathy and Roger Green on December 1, 2020 at 2:38 pm

    My wish for all of you is that you can find peace in every place you go with memories of your Dad/husband. I so enjoyed reading about Steve’s life and the joy he brought to everyone. He has left a beautiful legacy for each and everyone of you. He will live on in your hearts forever. ❤️❤️



  4. Sue Kinnisten on December 1, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    My deepest condolences to those Steve’s passing has left behind.



  5. Seth Hutchinson on December 1, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    RIP Sir, you were a great friend, leader and mentor. You always saw the best in people and I know I’m a better person for knowing you. Much love boss, I’ll continue passing on your coaching to others down here.



  6. Val David on December 1, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    Chris,

    I’m so sorry for your loss but know that Steve is in the arms of our Savior and pain free. Praying for strength and comfort for you and your family.



  7. Amanda Mast on December 1, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    Though we have only met briefly, I know you were a great and honorable man. This is evident through the love your kids and grandkids have for you. Rest easy, you will be greatly missed.



  8. Deb Walsh on December 1, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    I had the pleasure of working with Steve on and off over the years at Amway. He was always a positive fun co-worker he always gave 110%. He was an honorable man who I am honored to call a friend.



  9. Debra Huntoon on December 1, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    I worked with Steve at Art Van Furniture. He was a wonderful person. He was a great listener, teacher, and coach who always tried to be positive. Steve wanted people to be better at what they did and be better with each other. He always had time to talk to you if you asked him.

    I’m so glad I had the pleasure of knowing Steve and working with him.

    To Steve’s family:
    May you have peace and comfort in this difficult time, in Jesus’ Name.



  10. Phyllis Easley on December 2, 2020 at 8:35 am

    Chris and family,
    I am deeply saddened to hear of Steve’s passing. He was such a positive person and gave his best in anything that he did. Please find peace in knowing that he is pain free and is reunited with other family and friends in a much happier place.

    Sincerely,
    Phyllis Easley



  11. Michael Billiet on December 2, 2020 at 2:56 pm

    God Bless you Steve, I know you will continue to mentor and help others on your journey. Lead on!
    Much love to all!



  12. Chris on December 3, 2020 at 5:16 am

    Honey I miss you. Thank you for your love, the adventure, the laughs. And now thank you for being my greatest guardian angel. I feel your presence everyday still watching over me. You fought gallantly, rest easy now my love and enjoy your heavenly time. Remember to leave a gate open for me. Love you baby



  13. Kate Finkler on December 3, 2020 at 8:16 am

    Dear Chris and family,
    I am saddened to hear of Steve’s passing. I pray that the wonderful memories and laughs you shared together bring you comfort and peace.



  14. Karen Wilhelm on December 4, 2020 at 9:05 am

    Chris – I am so sorry to hear that the dragon won in the end. I am keeping you and your family in prayer for comfort and peace as you move forward. Please reach out if I can do anything for you. I look forward to the time we can see each other again in person, cry and laugh together. You have a strong spirit, and I know you are a stronger person having traveled this journey with Steve. May he be blessed in the transition to heaven. Warmest Regards



  15. Jen on December 5, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    Our hearts break, but knowing Steve is at peace is comforting. Chris, take care of yourself too, Steve would want that I’m sure. You and Steve had it right, family is everything. Thinking of you both
    Jen & Don Garvin



  16. Chris Hiaeshutter on May 21, 2021 at 9:34 am

    Message to all,

    Steve’s Celebration of Life

    We will be celebrating Steve at Cascade Township Pavilion on Saturday, June 5 at 11:00 am.

    “Celebration of Life” Dedication starts at 11:00am.

    Please feel free to come, attire is casual, luncheon and basketball 🏀 will be hosted after the dedication by the family in Steve’s honor.

    Chris



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