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Steven Lare

March 30, 1953 - January 26, 2017
Holland, MI



Saturday, April 1, 2017
1:00 PM EDT
Graafschap cemetery
32nd Street & Graafschap Road
Holland, MI 49423


At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

Boys & Girls Club of Holland
435 Van Raalte Ave
Holland, MI 49423
(616) 392-4102
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Life Story / Obituary


Steven Robert Lare, age 63, died at his home on January 30, 2017, of natural


He was the first child of Richard C. Lare and Phyllis J. Pressel Lare, born in Ft.

Wayne, IN. Steve was raised in Holland and attended West Ottawa Schools.

After high school he joined the US Navy and sailed on the U.S.S. Richard L. Page

and was later assigned to NAVCOMMSTA at Diego Garcia, Indian Ocean.

While overseas, he began collecting artwork that he later assembled into a gallery,

called SRL Gallery, located in downtown Holland, MI. Except for his years of

service, he was a resident of Holland, MI his entire life.

Steve earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Grand Valley State University.

He worked periodically at Heinz, Hart & Cooley and Sligh Furniture. He

maintained his hobbies of ham radio and had a keen an interest in Military History.

Steve was very active in the Amateur Radio community and built his first ham

radio at the age of 8. Steve was a licensed amateur radio operator: W6SWL,

formerly N8KDV. He was a member of NASWA (North American Shortwave

Association) for over 35 years and had earned numerous awards. His is best

known for earning his Master DX Centurion award (220 country endorsement). He

was also a founding member of the Michigan Area Radio Enthusiasts back in 1983

and wrote their QSL verification column for many years. He spent decades

communicating with Ham Radio operators all over the globe.

Steve is survived by a sister, Kristine Lare (Mary Burton), of Ypsilanti, MI and

a half sister, Linda Young of Kendallville, IN. He was preceded in death by his


A graveside service will take place Saturday April 1 at 1:00P.M. in Graafschap cemetery.

Memorial Donations in Steven’s honor can be made to the Boys and Girls Club

of Holland,

The Family was served by the Dykstra Funeral Home - Mulder Chapel.