Steven Duane Sockel, 63, of Menomonie, WI, formerly of South St. Paul, MN and Taylorville, IL died Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at Mayo Clinic Health System-Menomonie, surrounded by his family.
Steve was born October 18, 1948 in Taylorville, the son of Frank and Geraldine (Fuller) Sockel. He grew up in Taylorville and graduated from Taylorville High School in 1966. Steve served in the U.S. Navy for two years. After the service he began his career as a cattle buyer and worked at various locations around the country. Steve also owned and operated the One Mile Inn in Taylorville for several years. Steve is survived by his wife, Penny; two daughters, Shuree Sockel (Wayne Haar) and Amy (Tim) Fila; three grandchildren, Arin, Morgan and Charlie; his mother, Geraldine Sockel; two sisters, Sandy Fassero and Nancee (Duane) Meester; three brothers, David (Sharon) Peters, Gary (Janet) Sockel and Mark (Charlene) Sockel; two stepchildren, Travis (Brooke) Hamar and Tracy (James) Bradley; three step grandchildren, Jasmine, Aidan and Maggie; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Steve was preceded in death by his father, Frank in 2010
A time of gathering will be held from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday, September 10, 2012 at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie. Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Menomonie is serving the family. Condolences may be made online at www.rhielfuneralhome.com.