In Memory of Steven "Durb" Durby

Steven "Durb" Durby
Steven "Durb" Durby
Born: June 4, 1954
Died: December 12, 2016
Age: 62
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Steven "Durb" Durby
June 4, 1954 - December 12, 2016
From: Cambridge, IA

Steven “Durb” Durby, age 62, of Cambridge, Iowa, died at his home on Monday, December 12, 2016.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, December 16, 2016, at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 914 NW Ash Drive, in Ankeny, Iowa, with Pastor Lisa D. Parker officiating.  Burial with military honors will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday in the Cambridge Cemetery.  Visitation will be held at Ryan Funeral Home in Nevada on Thursday from 5-7 p.m. 

Born June 4, 1954, in Ames, Iowa, Steven Sigurd Durby was the son of Sigurd “Junior” and Hazel “Harriett” (Warner) Durby.  Steve lived with his family mainly in the Story County area, and also for a time in Minnesota and Florida.  He served in the United States Marines Corps for four years.

Steve’s experience building grain elevators throughout Iowa led to employment as foreman and Sergeant of Arms for Ironworkers Local 67, from which he retired in 2009.

Steve will be remembered for his friendly, larger-than-life personality.  His booming voice and love of music often converged to transform words into song.  Steve was a very hands-on dad who refused to accept failure as an option.  He loved golfing, playing fantasy football and fantasy golf, and was a huge supporter of the Iowa lottery.  In retirement, Steve volunteered at the food pantry and discovered a love of gardening. 

He is survived by his wife, Sandra; four children, Joseph (Sommer) Durby of Ankeny, Michael (Robin) Durby of Winterset, Erika (Matthew Loomis) Durby of Ellsworth, and Chelsey (C.J.) Schreiber of Altoona; six grandchildren, Jada, Lucas, Hailey, Gage, Livity, and Joseph; two brothers, Brad (Christy) Durby of South Carolina, and Randy (Barb) Durby of North Carolina; a sister, Toni Durby of Nebraska; and many nieces, nephews, and other extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, William Durby.

Ryan Funeral Home of Nevada has been entrusted with the care of Steven and his family.


Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 3:23 PM
“We are sorry to hear about this sudden loss. It seems sudden to all of us. We appreciate Steve's heart and his big beautiful singing voice. We were just getting to know each other and have lost that opportunity to know him better. God's peace and our love surround you at this time of great grief. ”
- Jerry and Cindy Tonneson
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 3:23 PM
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of The Durby Family Steve was a co-worker,Boss,Brother Ironworker but most he was a Friend. Quick with story or joke he always made you smile.That SMILE of his was Priceless. From The LUCKETT's to all the DURBY's our deepest sympathies and condolences and GOD BLESS!!!”
- William Luckett
Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 3:37 PM
“I send my deepest heart felt sorrow to you all. May God guide you through your grief . We lost a good man”
- Rockey Hugee
Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 10:16 AM
“So sorry for your loss.”
- Ken Wassenaar
Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 10:16 AM
“So sorry, he will be missed.”
- Sheila Eller
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 9:33 PM
“We are so very sorry to hear about your loss!! Are thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! We always enjoyed Steve's positive and outgoing personality!! He will certainly be missed by everyone that knew him!!”
- Larry Bohnsack
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 9:33 PM
“Prayers to your family in this time of sorrow..may God bless you and hold you close as you grieve the loss of such a warm,generous and loving man..steve was a blessing to many and his memory will live on in all his good works...”
- Taressa figgins
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 9:32 PM
“My favorite memory of Steve is when he would sing Bridge Over Troubled Water. He had a beautiful voice and loved to sing. ”
- Cindy Atkins Brandl
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 9:32 PM
“I went to school with Steve in Nevada, IA. I'm very sorry to read of his passing. It sounds like he lived life to the fullest and was a great dad/grandpa. My deepest sympathy to his loved ones and friends.”
- Marcia Moore
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 9:32 PM
“I am so sorry to read of Steve's death. Steve and I worked together on a couple of projects in the Des Moines area. I enjoyed his personality humor and singing. Most of all I appreciated the skill and knowledge he brought to the project. May great memories soften the burden of his passing. Prayers and blessings to your family at this sad time. 1”
- Tom Hagen Sr.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 9:32 PM
“It was always a pleasure meeting and greeting Steve at church. Especially, I appreciated his gregarious nature and his excellent singing voice.
It was a shock to see his smiling face in the newspaper.
My best wishes to Sandy and other family members.
- Gerald Fieser
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 9:32 PM
“We are all going to miss the big guy, Durb. He was truly a unique and engaging character. R.I.P.”
- Dick Veren
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1:00 p.m.
Friday, December 16, 2016
Resurrection Lutheran Church
914 NW Ash Drive
Ankeny, IA


Pastor Lisa D. Parker


Joe Durby
Mike Durby
C.J. Schreiber
Matt Loomis
Mason McGaffin
Josh McClure
Matt McClure
Kevin Golly
Cory Golly

Jada Durby
Lucas Durby
Hailey Ross
Gage Durby
Livity Durby
Joseph Loomis


5-7 p.m.
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Ryan Funeral Home
Nevada, IA


Dan Hanze, Organist
Brad Durby, Soloist


Cambridge Cemetery
Cambridge, IA
3:30 p.m.
Friday, December 16, 2016