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In memoriam - Oldsub #708086
Sun Jan 02 2011 04:44 AM
Sun Jan 02 2011 04:44 AM
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rustednuts  Offline OP
Shop Shark
Joined: Feb 2006
Posts: 1,868
Kingston, WA
Today I recieved a call which had me flip my truck around and race over to Harborview Hospital in Seattle. Steve or Oldsub as he's known to many around the various old car sites was currently unconscious, and I was told that it may be best to say my goodbyes today. Barring any sort of miracles, it sounds like this is the end. He had been battling cancer for some time now and succumbed to an infection of some sort. I didn't want to bother his wife to get the details as they really don't seem to matter now. What matters is we're all losing a good friend and family man.

For those of you who don't know him, he's one of the most kind hearted folks you'd meet. Whether looking at a pristinely restored GM vehicle or one with rust holes large enough to stick your foot through, he loved them all and always saw potential.

I really don't know what to say as I'm really disheartened at the news. He was like a father to me in some ways, offering good advice and listening when needed. I have a lot of respect for him. He did get to spend this christmas with his family and at least he had grown most of his beard back by now!

It's been a tough day on all of us. I also feel so much grief for his wife and kids, who've stood beside him through all of this.

I thought it best to post this for those members who called him friend and haven't heard any news in awhile. It's not my place to say, but I ask that you not contact his wife, out of respect for her grieving, unless you wish to offer condolences only.

I'm sure this isn't the appropriate forum to post this news, but I feel it best since most of the people he may have helped frequent here regularly. Maybe it can get kicked through some of his most frequnted forums before dissappearing.

Thanks for listening. May he be remembered.

Jeff Erickson


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Re: In memoriam - Oldsub [Re: rustednuts] #708094
Sun Jan 02 2011 05:06 AM
Sun Jan 02 2011 05:06 AM
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Number_65  Offline
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Joined: Oct 2002
Posts: 51
SW Washington
Jeff,

Thanks for posting - I also got a call this evening from a mutual friend of Steve's and mine. I echo Jeff's caution about contacting the family - they are surrounded by a large group of supportive folks at present.

Steve contracted a staff infection a week or so ago and his condition has deteriorated rapidly.

He is no longer cognoscente of what is going on around him and he is on life support, at this point he is not expected to last through the weekend.

I have a number of interesting connections with Steve - I first met him 15 years ago when he did some contract IT work for me when I was starting my business. I didn't know him from Adam but kidded around with him as he pulled an all-niter in the thriving metropolis of Yacolt getting software installed, e-mail clients working etc.

A few years later, we connected here via. the Stovebolt page and I realized that he was the same guy that had helped me set up my first small business server.

Steve has purchased a number of old truck parts from me and has been to my house a few times. During one visit, he mentioned that he graduated from Multnomah School of the Bible (as did my wife and several of my friends). It didn't take long to figure out that we shared a common faith in Christ and despite the fact that we lived 180 miles from one another we had a lot of friends in common.

As such, we stayed in contact and we rarely missed an opportunity to cruise the Portland Swap together as well as attend the ATHS show in Shelton a few times together.

When we talked about different things, he kept figuring out additional people that we both knew. That was the thing about Steve, he knew a lot of people, he talked about their cars/trucks, about their kids and what they did for a living. Steve connected with folks in a genuine way that most people don't.

Steve and his family are devoted Christians and Steve has expressed confidence in knowing that ultimately he is headed to a much better place. I have enjoyed getting to know Steve over the years - he will be missed.

It feels awkward to write about Steve as if he is already gone. I look forward to reconnecting again in heaven.

Ken Brown
Yacolt, WA


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Re: In memoriam - Oldsub [Re: Number_65] #708097
Sun Jan 02 2011 05:14 AM
Sun Jan 02 2011 05:14 AM
Cletis  Offline
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Parker County Texas
That is sad news indeed. I didn't know Steve personally but we have a lot in common in our medical conditions. I have emailed him words of encouragement through this ordeal. I'm sorry to hear he has taken a turn for the worse.


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Re: In memoriam - Oldsub [Re: Cletis] #708108
Sun Jan 02 2011 05:47 AM
Sun Jan 02 2011 05:47 AM
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bigbadswingdaddy  Offline
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san francisco
Thoughts and prayers are going out to Steve and his family. The fight isn't over till it's over. From everything I have read about Steve, he will pick himself up and knock the cancer out in the 10th round. Positive thoughts and prayers.

Re: In memoriam - Oldsub [Re: bigbadswingdaddy] #708148
Sun Jan 02 2011 03:03 PM
Sun Jan 02 2011 03:03 PM
Tiny  Online
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South Central Kansas
I didn't know Steve but always read his posts with interest. I didn't know he was ill so this is a surprise. Prayers are headed to him and his family.


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Re: In memoriam - Oldsub [Re: Tiny] #708158
Sun Jan 02 2011 03:46 PM
Sun Jan 02 2011 03:46 PM
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Ghostrider  Offline
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Joined: Mar 2004
Posts: 877
Binghamton, NY
I didn't know him, but if he's still alive I'm pulling for him.

Re: In memoriam - Oldsub [Re: Ghostrider] #708219
Sun Jan 02 2011 08:41 PM
Sun Jan 02 2011 08:41 PM
Peggy M  Offline
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Joined: Apr 2004
Posts: 2,843
Stovebolt Headquarters
Gosh, I am so sorry to hear this. Steve has been with us for such a long time. He is one of the few people that I actually have a phone number on my call sheet for. We've talked a few times on the phone long, long ago. He's been a huge help to many people on the site.

Please keep us informed of his status. We will keep him and his family in our prayers.

Thanks,
Peggy

Re: In memoriam - Oldsub [Re: Peggy M] #709113
Wed Jan 05 2011 03:43 PM
Wed Jan 05 2011 03:43 PM
John Milliman  Offline
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Posts: 3,891
St. Mary's Co., MD
Jeff has let us know that Steve has passed. Please stand by for details.

Regards,
John


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My Brother OldSub.. #711531
Thu Jan 13 2011 05:37 PM
Thu Jan 13 2011 05:37 PM
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OldSubs_babybro  Offline
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Joined: Jan 2011
Posts: 1
Boise, Idaho
On behalf of the entire Hanberg family I just wanted to stop by and say thanks to all of you who were pulling for my brother Steve. I am a member of some motorcycle related forums and know first hand how friends from these forums can become like family. I especially wanted to thank Jeff and Danny for their help and support during the days following Steve's passing. It is a high honor not only to know Steve but to be related to such a great guy! I will miss him for now.

God Bless,

Paul

Re: My Brother OldSub.. [Re: OldSubs_babybro] #711534
Thu Jan 13 2011 05:41 PM
Thu Jan 13 2011 05:41 PM
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FriedGreenTmater  Offline
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colorado
Although I did not know Steve, I am sure he answered some of my dumb questions in the beginning. I am sorry to hear of his passing and wish you and the rest of the family my condolences.


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