Korky Steffens, 90

Karl K. (Korky) Steffens, Colonel USAF retired, 90, of Brady, died Tuesday, July 3, 2007, in Brady. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 5 at the Brady Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Brian Wiggins officiating. Burial with military honors followed at Rest Haven Cemetery in Brady. He was born Dec. 11, 1916, in Brady to Karl Day Steffens and Ella (Keller) Steffens. He married Othrene Autry May 25, 1941, in Coleman and was a lifelong resident of Brady. He was a third generation florist, owning and operating Steffens Flowers in Brady and was a member of Brady Presbyterian Church. He was an outstanding athlete at Brady High School, earning All-Regional honors as a football tailback. He was also honored as the best singer of Brady High School. This singing contest he later sponsored and served as the master of ceremonies in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. After graduation in 1935, he attended Texas A&M on an athletic scholarship where he played football with All-American legends, John Kimbrough, Dick Todd and Joe Routt. He also played against such legends as Sammy Baugh, Davy O’Brien, Ky Aldrich, Ernie Koy Sr. and other greats of the late 30s. He graduated from Texas A&M in 1939 with a commission as a second lieutenant. After he and Othrene were married, they were stationed at Peacock Military Academy in San Antonio where he coached football. He was called to active duty prior to the outbreak of World War II and rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel by 1945. After the war, he returned to Brady and entered the florist profession with his father. In 1950, Steffens was recalled to the U.S. Air Force to serve in the Korean War. He was stationed at Goodfellow A.F.B. where he was group commander, managing five squadrons, and later promoted to full colonel. He returned to Brady in 1953 and resumed his career as a florist and civic leader. For many years, he was the general manager of the July Jubilee Association (a non-paying, year-round post) and chairman of the Miss Heart of Texas Pageant. He has served on the Brady City Council, the Brady School Board as president, was president of the Brady Lions Club, chaired the Heart of Texas Memorial Hospital board of directors, Ol’ Houn’ Dawg Booster club and served as a director and vice president of the Texas State Florist Association. Service to his country and Brady was his passion. A singer, showman and expert master of ceremonies, Steffens became a popular entertainer in Brady at countless civic programs over the years. He was often called on to sing at weddings and funerals. In 1961, he was honored as Brady’s Distinguished Citizen. In his spare time, he loved to hunt, fish and play golf. Survivors include his loving spouse of 66 years, Othrene Steffens of Brady, two sons, Craig Steffens and Karlton Steffens and wife, Sandra, both of Brady; four grandchildren, Kelly Wharrie and husband, Rob, of Round Rock, Karly Steffens of Austin, Kacy Montenegro and husband, Mark, of Round Rock and Stacy Northcutt of Austin; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson-in-law, Chad Northcutt. Serving as pallbearers were Ted Archer, Jack Roberts, Skip Priess, Ed Carrithers, Dr. J.H. Allen and Dick Winters. Honorary pallbearers were Bill Roberts, D. Richard Winters, Gerald Yarborough, Charlie Dye, Joe McDonough and L.V. Ruffin.

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