Robert James Steffens

January 3, 1933 -
August 3, 2018

It is with great sadness that we announce Dr. Robert James Steffens (Jim), passed away peacefully with his wife at his side, in Merritt, B.C., at the age of 85, on August 3, 2018. Jim was born on January 3, 1933, in Merritt, B.C. He was predeceased by his parents, James and Olive (Smith) and his brother Larry. He is survived by his loving wife Elaine of 35 years. He leaves to cherish his memories, his siblings, Donnie (Ken), Patricia (Joe) and Allen (Ruth), plus his daughters Patricia (Ken) and Margie; step children, Richard (Jess), Terry (Lisa) and Kelly (Peter); grandchildren, Jordan (Jesse), Tiffany (Colten), Ashley (Justin), Katelynn, Danielle, Tyler, Alexis, Austin and Cale; great grandchildren, Gracelynne, Nixon, Makenna, Cash, plus many nieces and nephews. Jim held dear his friendship with Matthew Campbell and many beloved friends. Jim graduated from the University of Guelph, Ontario in 1959, with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. He owned and operated the Steffens Brothers Ranch and the Veterinary Clinics in Merritt, Logan Lake and Princeton. Jim was involved with 4H, the Merritt Lions Club, was a lifetime member of the Merritt Rodeo Association and served on the board of the TNRD. In 2014, he was inducted into the B.C. Cowboy Hall of Fame. Jim enjoyed cowboying, reading, gatherings with friends and anything educational. Jim was a very caring individual and donated to many charities. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date, to be hosted by his wife, step family and friends.
His wife and step daughter would like to thank Dr. Duncan Ross and his entire staff, for their exceptional care and compassion. Dr. Ross went above and beyond his duties when caring for Jim and Elaine during this difficult time.

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