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Steven Eddie Eckenberg
06/07/1959 — 01/05/2023
From Mattawa, WA | Born in Camp Hanford, WA
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Celebration of Life
Steven Eddie Eckenberg
Steve was called home to be with the lord on January 5, 2023. He spent his final days at home with the love of his life Star, surrounded by his loving family and close friends.
Steven was born to Eddie and Kay Eckenberg in Camp Hanford, Washington. He grew up in the Badger Canyon area of Kennewick Washington were he farmed with his parents.
Steve was an avid motocross racer in his high school years winning many races, including the high school series. He made many life time friends while living in Tri Cities. Steven never lost his love of motorcycles, an avid Harley rider. He went through many Harleys, but his favorite was his 1964 pan head that he passed down to his son, Bow.
In 1976 he moved with his family to Mattawa Washington. He always talked and laughed about coming to Mattawa in a red Volkswagen bug with a red Irish Setter and younger brother Jim on the 4th of July.
He made many trips back and forth laughing about bringing the mobile cuber thru the toll bridge and having to crawl down and pay with quarters. He farmed with his family and helped design a stationary cubing facility.
In 1998 he decided to make a change in life. He moved out of farming and began a new adventure. Steve decided to purchase a bar, and thus creating the R Place Tavern in Desert Aire. It was a life time dream. He made many changes to the building himself and grew the business to be very successful. He made many friends that he felt were family. Steven decided to sell the bar in 2019 and retire. He started working on muscle cars again and traveling with his wife.
He meet Starlet in 1999 and was married in 2004 in Las Vegas. To the joy of both Steven and Star, his family flew in, and with the help of his father surprised them at the wedding.
Steven is survived by his wife Star; children Jessica Shealy, Natalie Hernandez, Bow, and Jorden Daniels; eight grandchildren; sister Debbie Ness and two brothers Jim & Bob.
There will be a celebration of Steven’s life at Sunset Event Center located on the beautiful grounds of Sunset Memorial Gardens in Richland, WA on January 27th 1:00-2:00 PM, reception is 2:00-4:00 PM. Harley Davidson attire is encouraged. You can go to Sunset Gardens web page and sign the guest book if you wish. Please send contributions in Steve’s Memory, if you wish to
Mattawa Community Medical Clinic c/o Dana Fox 210 Government Road Mattawa, WA 99349
To Steven’s family,
Thank you for asking me to speak at Steven’s memorial. Steven was a true beloved friend who always made time for me when I’d stop by. I miss him terribly, as I know you all do. My life was blessed by knowing him.
Sorry Star & Jessica to hear about Steve’s passing… I knew Steve from 1998-2008 when I made sale calls to R Place Tavern when I was with Kraft Pizza Co. and he bought Digiorno Pizza to sell at the bar. He was a good man and I am glad I got to him. I happen to look him up today, as I know a gal who just started working at R Place and I said you work for Steve, and she said no, Jr. But the have a big burger named after him. All the best!!! David, aka Mr. Digiorno to my then Customers.
Steve was a wealth of talent and knowledge. Was always very kind and willing to help. He will be missed.
I love you. Thanks for not prosecuting me for holding up your tavern.
Still trying to fight the good fight and finish the Faith so I can see you in heaven,
I remember the first time I met Steve, he made me feel welcomed. I will always remember him. We love you Steve. I and John are sorry we cannot be there, but we are thinking about everyone
Our hearts and prayers are with the family. He will be missed.
Steven’s birthdate is 7 June, not 17. Thank you.