It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Gregory Allen Steensen on December 30, 2023. Greg was born November 30, 1949, in Portland, Oregon, and was raised in Shelton by his parents, William Paul Steensen Kramer and Shirlee Delores Steensen (both deceased).
Greg graduated from Shelton High School in 1968. Not long after, he met Cindy Wokojance and they were married in 1975, although divorced several years later. Greg's lifelong love, however, was the great outdoors and he was most at home out in the woods and mountains exploring, climbing, and skiing. Being outdoors translated early into numerous jobs over the years, from planting trees and clearing trails, to working at a lumber mill and surveying and working for the Washington State DOT in Spokane, Washington. Later in life, Greg was blessed to live at his friend Tim Lovgren's house on Lake Isabella. He loved living on the lake in a rural area where he could be close to nature.
Greg will be forever missed and loved. His love of nature is summarized by a poem he wrote:
This is where I'm born and it's where I'll die
And when they go to bury me, I'll bleed EVERGREEN
Everywhere I've gone, every place I've been...
This is my forever place I've ever been, I bleed EVERGREEN!
Greg is survived by his brother, David Steensen, his wife Karen Griffin and their children, Cacia and Severin Steensen. Greg is also survived by his sister, Sandi Wendling and her daughter, Nicole Covey, and her children Ashley and Joshua Covey.
A lakeside memorial will be held in the spring or summer of 2024.