Stephen Michael Billeter, 59 years of age, of Holdrege, Nebraska (formerly of Oxford)

Funeral Services for Stephen M. Billeter will be held on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at the Southern Valley Schools south of Oxford, Nebraska with Father Jamie Hottovy officiating. Interment will be in the Oxford Cemetery.

Stephen Michael Billeter, 59 years of age, of Holdrege, Nebraska (formerly of Oxford) passed away unexpectedly on Saturday evening, April 27, 2013 at the Phelps Memorial Health Center in Holdrege. He was born October 29, 1953 in Ware, Mass., the eldest of four children born to Reynold and Helen (Bidga) Billeter. With his father being in the military the family resided in several locations throughout the United States before settling in Chicopee, Mass for his high school years. Steve graduated from Chicopee High School with the class of 1971. He then pursued higher education at Kearney State College on a football scholarship and was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. Steve received his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Education in 1977 and later received his Master's Degree in Education Administration from Kearney State as well. While in his freshman year at college, he met the love of his life, Julie Ann Torpin and the couple were united in marriage on January 5, 1974 at Central City, Nebraska. To this union two children were born: Andrea Lynn and Eric Michael.

The family made their home in Oxford, where Steve taught Physical Education, Geography, History and coached football, girl's basketball, volleyball, track and wrestling at Oxford High School. Steve then became Principal at Oxford Elementary and then Southern Valley Elementary until his retirement in 2010.

Steve will be remembered for the opening of the elementary building in 2008 to complete the Southern Valley Campus, but his legacy will be the impact he made in the lives of the countless number of students he touched.

After retiring in 2010, Steve spent his time with his many friends at Lueking Brother's Farms. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, working out at the SVHS weight room, tending to his yard, and playing with his grandsons.

He was preceded in death by his father, Reynold. Steve's passing will be mourned by his wife, Julie of Holdrege; two children: Andrea Noon and her husband, Nate of Omaha, Nebraska and Eric Billeter of Oxford; two grandsons: Cole and Connor Noon; his mother, Helen Billeter of Chicopee; father-in-law, Ken Torpin and his wife, Alice of Doniphan, Nebraska; mother-in-law, Darlene Day of Grand Island; one brother, David Billeter and his wife, Donna of Chicopee; two sisters: Sandra Barnes and her husband, Charles of Chicopee and Patricia Leecock and her husband, Kevin of Palmer, Mass; two brothers-in-law: Terry Torpin and his wife, Deanna and Paul Torpin and his wife, Valli all of O'Neill, Nebraska; two sisters-in-law: Susie Henk and her husband, Mark of Grand Island, Nebraska and Kendra Fox and her husband, Bill of Omaha; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. with the family greeting friends from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege.

A memorial will be established in Steve's honor to benefit the students of Southern Valley.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com

The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.

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