THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Issue Date: August 12, 2009
Steve Faust, 80, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 8 at his home in Rochester, Mn.
Born to Stephen Fautsch, sr. and Mae (Szychowski) on Nov. 18, 1928 in Chicago, Ill., he attended Our Lady of Grace Elementary and graduated from Lane Technical High School in Chicago.
On Oct. 10, 1950 he was drafted for military duty in the United States Army and served in the Korean War as a Communications Sergeant of the 279th Infantry Regiment front line combat division 45th Infantry Division. He received three Purple Hearts and was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery before being discharged in 1952. He married Marlene Wren in 1958. After the war, he worked for the Electro-Motive Division of GM in Chicago and the Erie Mining Company in Hoyt Lakes, Mn. until 1961, where he directed sales for the Gulf American Corporation until 1972.
As a young man, he enjoyed cars and had a short experience in racing. In 1972 he moved to Peshtigo to follow his entrepreneurial dream and love of cars by opening Faust Foreign Car. During that time he also acquired his captains license from the Coast Guard and opened Faust Charter Fishing. He retired to Riverside, Calif. in 1989 and then to Rochester, Mn. in 2002, to spend more time with his son and family.
He was a life member of the VFW, the Military Order of the Cootie and the American Legion. He devoted most of his time to helping other veterans and enjoyed fishing, reading and air shows. He was also an amateur astronomer and attended the RTMC Astronomy Expo every year in Big Bear, Calif.
Surviving are a son, Steele (Julie) Faust of Rochester, Mn.; a daughter, Misti Soper of Moreno Valley, Calif.; five grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Dave (Joyce) Morevec of Lynwood, Ill. and a brother, Ralph (Marlene) Fautsch of Morton Grove, Ill.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Connie of Chicago, Ill.
A private celebration of life will be held at a later date. Rochester Cremation Services. handled the arrangements.