Galen Steward 1942-2021

Galen Steward 1942-2021

Galen Ray Steward, 78, of Auburn, passed away Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, at Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka.

He was born Dec. 20, 1942, in Mayetta, the son of Elizabeth Vivian (Moore) Gifford. He was raised by his foster parents, Bob and Lucille Shumway.

Galen graduated Mayetta High School in 1963 and Haskell University after two years with an associate’s degree in physical education. Galen worked for more than 30 years for Josten’s in Topeka as a pressman, retiring in 2008.

Galen was a member of the Catholic religion and the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation.

He married Carroll Jean Dinsmore; they divorced. He married Mabel “Kay” Henderson in 1989 at Auburn.

Survivors include Kay Steward of Auburn; a son, Keith Steward (Lori) of Ottawa; a daughter, Kim Henry (Jerald) of Topeka; two stepchildren, Richard H. Veal and Stephanie K. Jensen; a sister, Betty A. Maruska (Marvin) of Glendale, Calif.; a brother, John Gifford of Cambridge, Ohio; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and three stepgreat-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth Gifford; foster parents, Bob and Lucille Shumway; sister, Juanita Nelson; and brother, Paul Steward.

Family will greet friends from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Inurnment will follow in Shipshee Cemetery (142nd and K Rd., Mayetta).

Memorials may be given to the Helping Hands Humane Society of Topeka, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436. To leave a special message for the family, please visit


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