John Stephen Settelmeyer was born Jan. 7, 1966 in Cottage Grove, Oregon. He peacefully passed Nov. 7, 2012 at his home surrounded by his family.
He was the tenth child born to Martha Clara (Mestdagh) and Raymond Otto “Mike” Settelmeyer.
John was very active in various Special Olympic events, including being torchbearer for the state games in 1982. John graduated from South Eugene High School in 1987. He held several jobs in the community, including positions at Community Sharing and the school district office. He was known all around town for his smiles, friendliness and great hugs. John exemplified pure love, acceptance, and was a gift to all.
He is survived by his mother, Martha; brothers and sisters; Tom (Marianne) Settelmeyer, Jerry (Jan) Settelmeyer, Lorene (Jack) Luz, Emily Grinstead, Raymond (Donna) Settelmeyer, Jim (Joyce) Settelmeyer, Rick (Shari) Settelmeyer, Camille (Joel) Settelmeyer, Elise Settelmeyer; 27 nieces/nephews; many great nieces/nephews; and countless friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond “Mike” Settelmeyer.
Visitation and Rosary were held Nov. 12 at Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Home in Cottage Grove. A funeral mass with reception following was held Nov. 13 at OLPH Catholic Church. Interment was at Fir Grove Cemetery in Cottage Grove.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to be sent to the Cottage Grove Aktion Club, 31713 Nighthawk Lane, Cottage Grove, OR 97424, which supports activities for local individuals with special needs.
Arrangements under the care of Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel and Crematorium, Cottage Grove.