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Steven Louis Straube

Steven Louis Straube passed away January 7, 2014 in the woods in Josephine County. He ws born July 18, 1963 in Medford, Ore. to Fred Louis Straube and Kay Straube Leslie.

Steve lived his entire life in the Applegate area. As a child he grew up working on the family cattle ranch where his days were spent feeding cattle and cutting and hauling hay. When he wasn't working he was swimming in the river, riding dirt bikes, or up the mountain looking for critters.

The family spent summertime together at the Straube cabing at Silver Fork watching over the cattle on the range. In the fall, during deer season, any spare time Steven wasn't working, he was up on the mountain in the basin deer hunting. He always knew where they were.

As Steve frew up, that love of the mountains and of the forest, and his strong work ethic, led him to a career in logging. He was always a good steward of the land, selecting each tree to ensure that the forest would be left to grow for future generations.

Few had the opportunity to have him share his wisdom of the land and of all he knew about the Applegate Valley. Those few will always share his passion and his love of the mountains and the critters and the people closest to his heart.

He is survived by his partner in life, Donna Fagan; daughters, Alicia and Amanda; sons-in-law, Kyle and Jason; grandsons, Rylan and Hunter; mother, Kay Straube Leslie; step-mother, Martha Straube; sisters, Sue (Cliff) Snavely, Debbie (Del) McGuire, and Audra (Mark) Feeback; 10 nieces and nephews; and 12 great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Fred Straube, and step-father, Hugh Leslie.

A celebration of his life will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, Janury 19, 2014 at the Grange Hall on Upper Applegate Road.