In Memory

Steve Haskins - Class Of 1963

Steve Haskins

Steve William Haskins
1946 - 2020

 

Steven William Haskins, 74, of Excelsior, Minnesota, passed away peacefully on April 18th, with his wife Diana by his side.

Steve was born in St. Paul, MN on January 2, 1946. He was born into a military family, the oldest of six children, and travelled throughout the world while growing up.

As a motivated and determined young man, he joined the military through army ROTC while attending and graduating from St. John’s University with a political science degree.

Steve married Diana Haberer in a beautiful ceremony at the Cathedral of St Paul on April 27, 1968. Committed to service, he completed flight school and deployed to Vietnam in the fall of 1968 as a helicopter pilot. He was incredibly humble regarding his military service, including being injured after being shot during a military mission. He received numerous awards including the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He continued to serve his country honorably as an army reservist completing 20+ years of military service and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.

In 1971 he started working in the insurance business for John Hancock in St. Louis, Missouri and received the prestigious ‘Man of the Year’ award during his first year of working for this company.

He started his own Employee Benefits consulting firm, Risk Analysis and Management Corporation (RAM), known as RAM Benefits in 1978. The firm continues to operate and grow today as RAM partnered with Horizon Agency in April 2009.

Steve took great pride and care servicing all of the businesses and clients he worked with throughout the years. He had high standards and values regarding company culture, work ethic, and willingness to go above and beyond to help people.

Steve and Diana were married 52 years and worked hard to create a wonderful life for their family. Steve was incredibly proud of his family including 3 children and 6 grandchildren. He was a devoted father who coached his kids’ sporting events and was influential in the establishment of the Tonka United Soccer program. They lived on Lake Minnetonka for the last 40 years and you could often find Steve out on his boat, cooking up a storm or playing a round of golf. He took pleasure in traveling domestically and internationally, and attending his grandkids’ events.

His later years were spent between Florida and Minnesota. They enjoyed meeting new friends in Florida and enjoyed the sunshine state as a break from Minnesota winters.

Steve is survived by his wife Diana, son Scott (Christa), daughter Heather Bugenig (Louie), son Alan (Katie), grandchildren (Logan, Mia, Brode, Eva, Hunter, and Jasper) and many siblings, nieces, and nephews.

Steve is preceded in death by William and Catherine Haskins (parents).

Funeral and interment will take place at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery and Celebration of Life to be scheduled in the future, date to be determined. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Park Nicollet Hospice or charity of the donor’s choice.  The family of Steve Haskins wishes to thank the staff at the Water’s of Excelsior and Hospice for their compassion and outstanding medical care.

Huber Family Home & Cremation                        Excelsior Chapel (952) 474-9595