Steven Harberts

Surrounded by loved ones, the Rev. Dr. Steven Lynn Harberts, 72, passed away peacefully at home in Jefferson on April 1.

A celebration of life, and a reflection upon Steven’s service to the glory of God, was held at the First Presbyterian Church of Jefferson on April 5 with a fellowship luncheon following.  

The Rev. Roger Todd and the Rev. Barbara Todd officiated.  Steven’s son, Aaron Harberts, gave the eulogy.  

Keri Brooker was the organist.  

Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Funeral services were arranged by the Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home. 

Steven was born Oct. 29, 1946, in Waterloo to the Rev. Dick and Enola Harberts. Steven shared his birthday with his best friend and twin brother, Stewart Lee Harberts, of Essex.

Steven’s education began in the one-room Humke Schoolhouse in Center Twp., Iowa.

Shortly thereafter, the growing Harberts family moved to Steamboat Rock before settling in Jefferson in 1954. It was at Jefferson Elementary School — in the fourth grade — that Steven met his future, beloved wife, Denise Coon.

He graduated from Jefferson High School in 1964, Tarkio College in 1968, and Dubuque Theological Seminary with a masters of divinity in 1972. In 2006, he received an honorary doctor of humane letters from Eastern University in St. Davids, Pa.

Ordained as a Presbyterian pastor in 1972, Steven began his career in Christian education at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Waterloo. He served there for four years before relocating to Richmond, Ind., to assume the position of senior pastor at Reid Memorial United Presbyterian Church. 

Relocating to the First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in 1985, Steven began an esteemed career in pastoral care that eventually led him to Wayne Presbyterian Church in Wayne, Pa., in 1998.

Retirement in 2012 brought Steven back to Jefferson, where he enjoyed fishing in farm ponds, smoking salmon and scootering around the town square in his signature Hawkeyes gear.

Left to carry on Steven’s legacy are his wife, Denise Harberts, of Jefferson; son Aaron Harberts, and son-in-law Scott Director, both of Los Angeles.

Additional survivors include sister-in-law Renae (Stewart) Harberts, of Essex; and brothers Sidney (Maxine) Harberts, of Grundy Center, Paul (Lynette) Harberts, of Rochester, Minn., Craig (Dorothy) Harberts, of San Clemente, Calif., and Clark (Julie) Harberts, of Cedar Rapids.

Additional cherished sisters-in-law are Marianne (Roger) Carlson, Teresa (Jim) Shahan and Gina (Tom) Harrington, all of Jefferson. 

Twenty-seven nieces and nephews will also tend to “Uncle Steve’s” memory.

Steven was preceded in death by his parents, Dick and Enola Harberts; his father and mother-in-law, Don and Mary Coon, of Jefferson; and his twin brother, Stewart Harberts.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Jefferson, the Jefferson Public Library or the Greene County Early Learning Center.

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