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Steven Michael Bare

Steven Michael Bare

Steven Michael Bare, age 61 of Aitkin died Monday, January 30, 2017 at his home.

Steve was born November 27, 1955 at Marshfield, Wisconsin the son of Arnold and Dorothy (Smith) Bare. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin where he graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1973. He then attended the St. Cloud Technical College studying Business Management. He started working for Bonne's Shoes in St. Cloud. He married Janice Howard on May 14, 1977 and they lived in the Twin Cities and he worked for Bonne's Shoes in St. Paul. In 1983 they moved back to Aitkin where he worked with his parents operating Bare's Bootery. He bought the business from his parents in 2002 and operated it until his retirement in August 2015. He was a very active member of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. He was a very dedicated volunteer to the Aitkin Little League program. He was also active in the Aitkin Children's Center, Aitkin Quarterbacks Club, Aitkin Chamber of Commerce, Aitkin Retail Committee, Aitkin Dollars for Scholars, and was an enthusiastic booster for all of the Aitkin Athletic programs. He played softball for many years in the Aitkin league and played hockey in his younger days. While in high school, he played football and baseball. He enjoyed following his children's activities as they grew up. He enjoyed fishing with the boys, family and friends and serving as the fishing guide. He also liked hunting, camping, snowmobiling and 4-wheeling. He loved working in the store and all of his customers were very special to him especially the relationships he developed over the years with them. What brought him the most joy was his growing family - his sons, his daughters-in-law, and granddaughter Ella.

He is survived by his wife: Janice Bare of Aitkin; sons and spouses: Matthew (Kristen) Bare of Vadnais Heights, Mn., Michael (Alexandra) Bare of Halstad, Mn.; brother and sister-in-law: Douglas and Mary Bare of Aitkin; mother-in-law: Betty Howard of Aitkin; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Dale and Linda Howard of Aitkin, Carole and Steve Prince of Garrison, Mn., Joanne and Steve Mott of Pequot Lakes, Mn., Dan and Dianne Howard of Bellechester, Mn., and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arnold and Dorothy Bare; and father-in-law, Larry Howard.

A memorial service will be held Friday, February 3, 2017 at 11 a.m. from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Darrell Pedersen officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, February 2, 2017 from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Howard Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Memorials can be made to Aitkin Dollars for Scholars.