September 1, 2013, Michael Edward Stecks, Sr. saw Jesus face to face. Mike was a true son of the soil, by heritage and by choice. Toward the end of his 16-year struggle with cancer, he delighted in getting in the cab once more to bring in the wheat harvest. This put him in touch with the life he loved. Farmers have many opportunities to become acquainted with God’s presence on earth. In September, 1967, Mike found Jesus as his Savior. His ministries as deacon chairman, Sunday school teacher, and other service areas demonstrated his love for God and church. His 6 year service in the National Guard, 3 years in the Color Guard, proved his love of country.

Mike is best remembered for his cheerful nature; not wanting to focus on himself, he made others more lighthearted. During his courageous battle with cancer, he shared his faith with others offering hope, comfort, and inspiration.

Mike was born October 11, 1947, to Carl Frederick Stecks, Sr. and Ida Mae Eagle Stecks who preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Jo Anne Young Stecks of North Little Rock; son Michael Edward Stecks, Jr. of Lonoke; daughter Ami Rachell Stecks of North Little Rock; granddaughter Kennedy Anne Stecks; brother Carl Frederick, II (Jane) Stecks of Little Rock; sister Brenda (Randy) Smith of Russellville; his in-laws Joe and Rachel Young and many nieces and nephews.

Thank you especially to Dr. Mendelsohn and his nurses; Little Rock Hematology chemo nurses and Baptist Hospice for their loving care and concern.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 5, 2013 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.. at Roller-Chenal Funeral Home, 13801 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock, AR, (501) 224-8300. A celebration of life will be held on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. at Lifeway Baptist Church, 800 Wellington Village Rd, Little Rock, AR 72211. The graveside service will follow the funeral at 3:30 p.m. at Lonoke Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Lifeway Baptist Church, 800 Wellington Village Rd, Little Rock, AR 72211.

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