January 18, 2013


SEPT. 9, 1951 — JAN. 16, 2013

The Oskaloosa Herald

AMES — Stephen Robert Lynn, 61, of Ames, passed away Jan. 16, 2013, at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames. Celebration of Life services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at E-Free Church in Ames. Burial will be at Ames Municipal Cemetery. The family will receive friends 5-7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at E-Free Church.

Steve Lynn was born Sept. 9, 1951, to Robert and Martha Jane (Smith) Lynn in Oskaloosa. Steve graduated from Oskaloosa High School in 1969 and William Penn College in 1973. After college, he taught at Sabula and East Central School Districts until 1977. After spending a year as a caddy on the PGA Tour he came to Iowa State University and received his master’s degree in May of 1980. He started as an assistant coach for the ISU Men’s Track and Field team and became head coach in 1993. Steve was Big Eight Conference track coach-of-the-year and mentored countless Cyclone student-athletes on and off the track, including Olympic medalists. He continued in that capacity until May of 2007. Steve then worked as an assistant to the Vice President of Iowa State University and was Associate Director of the U.S. Junior Olympics for the Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau. He had been the Executive Director of Iowa Senior Olympics since 2009.

Steve and K’Lynn Kuehl were married Aug. 9, 1980, in Charter Oak. Things he was most passionate about were family, golf and telling stories.

Steve is survived by his wife K’Lynn of Ames; daughter Erica (Tony) Douglas, of Urbandale; son Scott Lynn, of Orlando, Fla.; grandsons TJ and Marcus; his father Bob (Sue) Lynn, of Oskaloosa; sister Vicki Lynn, of Ames; brother Tom (Rocio) Lynn, of Goshen, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Martha Jane in 1985, and his grandparents.

A memorial fund has been established at First National Bank in Ames.

Adams Funeral Home in Ames is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.adamssoderstrum.com

Steve was known as “coach” to many, but a friend to all.

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