Steven Joseph Guerdet
Steven Joseph Guerdet died January 22, 2018, after a short illness, unable to recover from pneumonia and other ailments. On January 30, 2018, Steve was buried with military honors at Gethsemane Cemetery, Federal Way WA.
Born August 20, 1921, Steve was the youngest child of Antone and Ida Korrect Guerdet. Steve spent his childhood on the family farm in Swea Township, near Armstrong IA, where he completed high school.
Steve enlisted in the US Army, completed basic training in a secret radar program at Camp McDowell, Naperville IL. He served June 1943 thru February 1946 including an 18-month overseas assignment in France. As a skilled radio and radar technician, Steve achieved rank of Technician 4th Grade serving with ADSEC Comm Zone ETO 581st Signal Deployment Company.
After an honorable discharge, Steve returned to the family farm. In 1949, Steve (and a colleague, Walter Starr) installed the first television set (for Nels “Starchy” Hansen) in Armstrong IA. In 1954, Steve established the Esthersville Radio and TV Service where he sold and repaired televisions. By 1962, Steve was enrolled at the University of Iowa College of Engineering, was admitted into Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi scholastic associations, and was graduated class of 1965 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.
In 1965, Steve purchased his home in Federal Way WA and was hired by Boeing Corporation located in Seattle WA. He was highly regarded by his colleagues and completed a exemplary career as an electrical engineer assigned to a variety of classified and secret radar programs for military aircraft and missile systems; he retired as Senior Specialist Engineer June 1990.
In his leisure time, Steve enjoyed vacationing, hunting, fishing, driving his various sports cars and trucks, and traveling in his RV. He often returned to Armstrong IA in the fall season to help with harvesting. Steve was a confirmed bachelor, sought out and maintained close contact with family, friends, and neighbors who will remember Steve as a inquisitive, engaging conversationalist and a colorful storyteller. Steve was preceded in death by his parents Antone and Ida and his siblings Leo, Veronica, John who died shortly after birth, Francis, Nellie, and Mary; he will be fondly remembered and missed by his many nieces and nephews.
In memoriam, please make donation to Steve’s preferred charity St Vincent de Paul Parish, 30525 8th Avenue South, Federal Way WA 98003, phone 253-839-2320. For further information contact Brian Villalva phone 661-946-6545.