OKLAHOMA CITY – We crave and embrace the comforting touch of our creator’s loving hand as we mourn the passing of Joseph Emanuel deSteiguer. Joe was born in Dallas, Texas, on Nov. 6, 1992, and left us on April 16, 2015, at the age of 22. He lives on in our hearts, and in the countless memories he made with family and friends. Joe grew up in Tahlequah and Edmond. He attended Edmond Memorial High School and Oklahoma Christian University and was part of the Memorial Road Church of Christ family. During his time at OC, he participated in two summer mission trips to Australia, earning the nickname “boomerang child” when he returned there in 2014. Joe was known for his big smile, deep thinking, fervent writing, and creativity. He was deeply loyal to his friends and family. Joe was nonjudgmental, caring, kind, and genuine … and those traits endeared him to so many people on the OC campus and beyond. He truly connected with people of all ages and from all walks of life. Joe was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Troy Smith and Commander John deSteiguer Sr. He is survived by his parents, John and Darla deSteiguer; his sister, Abby deSteiguer; and grandmothers, Mary Jo deSteiguer and Lavada Smith Mohon. Joe’s surviving relatives also include aunts, Mary Beth Cuevas, Sande Huber, Debbie Miller, Diane Hendrix, and their families. In addition, we are thankful to our extended families at Oklahoma Christian, Memorial Road, and around the world who have surrounded us and supported us in this time of sorrow. We miss Joe now, but we look forward to seeing him again one day in heaven. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). Joe’s memorial service will be held in Oklahoma Christian University’s Hardeman Auditorium, in OC’s Garvey Center, on Monday, April 27, at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family desires to honor Joe by sending memorial gifts to funds established in his name at Oklahoma Christian University (Attn: Advancement P.O. Box 11000 Oklahoma City, OK 73136; www.oc.edu/rememberingjoe) or Burnt Cabin Christian Camp (P.O. Box 97 Tahlequah, OK 74465; www.burntcabinchristiancamp.com).
Published on  April 24, 2015