Stephen Fugate


Stephen Louis Fugate, lovingly known as “Steve,” was born on July 1, 1954, in San Antonio, TX, USA, and passed away on February 17, 2024, in Ottumwa, Iowa, his home for the past three years. Stephen was a funny and adventurous man, resilient in spirit and witty in conversation. He lived a full life, always saying he’d live to be 100 because “only the good die young.” Stephen’s life was filled with passion and courage, and he always did exactly what he wanted, making him the embodiment of the saying, “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

Steve, a retired Iron Worker/Pipe Fitter, spent most of his career in the construction business before retiring in 2019. He was known for his strength, having won multiple toughman contests in Des Moines throughout his fighting career. Stephen was a true sports enthusiast and loved watching any sports on TV. He also enjoyed spending time at Lake Rathbun and cherished moments spent with his grandchildren. His family and friends will remember him as a man who loved being the toughest guy in the room, and when he made a decision, there was nothing that could stop him. His adventurous spirit was contagious and often inspired those around him to live life to the fullest.

Stephen is survived by his children, Nick Fugate, Sierrah Fugate, and Lindsay Fugate; his grandchildren, Benjamin and Noah Fugate; his siblings, Linda Warren, David Fugate, Brian Fugate, Barbara Fugate and Jeannie Fugate; and his ex-wife, Mary Fugate. He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Elizabeth Fugate.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, February 22, 2024, opening to the public at 2:00 p.m., with Steve’s family present from 5-7 p.m., Thursday evening at Sinnott Funeral Home in Albia. Memorials may be directed to the family.

In the words of the Book of Wisdom (3:1), “The souls of the just are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them,” may Stephen’s soul rest in eternal peace. We invite you to share your favorite memories of Stephen and upload photos to his memorial page, as a tribute to his adventurous, resilient, and humorous spirit.

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