Stephen Lee Sandstedt, 74, of Renton, WA, passed away in Lincoln, NE on Sunday, March 1, 2020. Steve was born September 24th, 1945 in San Francisco, CA to Wilmer “Bill” and Vella Mae “Vel” Sandstedt. He grew up in Omaha, NE and graduated from Benson High School.
While in high school, Steve met his wife of 54 years, Daisy (Meissner), and followed in his father’s footsteps going to work in the wholesale furniture business. After graduation, Steve was married in Omaha shortly before being selected in the draft. He and his wife moved to Fort Hood in Texas, where Steve served in the Army during the Viet Nam war. Upon his discharge from service, Steve moved his family to Kansas City, and resumed what would be a lifelong career in the furniture business.
His involvement in the furniture industry brought him back to Omaha, to Denver for many years, and ultimately Seattle. In the early 80’s, Steve, with the help of his wife Daisy, applied the knowledge he had gained from decades experience in the wholesale furniture business and opened what would grow to become one of the more novel retail furniture stores anywhere, Sansaco Home Furnishings. The store that Steve envisioned is still in business, having served generations of loyal customers for more than 35 years.
Steve was known for being a storyteller, for his humor, for his kindness, and for his generosity. He is survived by his wife, Daisy Sandstedt; son, Steve Sandstedt, Jr; daughter Karen Lynne Knaup, and his sister, Karen Watson.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Vella Mae “Vel,” his father, Wilmer “Bill;” and his brothers, Doug and Scott.
No services are scheduled at this time. A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date in Seattle.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Steve to Christ’s Church Federal Way. Checks can be sent to Christ’s Church FW, 941 S Dash Point Road, Federal Way, WA 98003, or made online at www.ccfw.org/give
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