October 18, 1946 – June 30, 2022
Charles Stephen “Steve” Levulett passed away peacefully on June 30, 2022 surrounded by love, in his favorite place – his home in Etna.
Steve was born in Yreka on October 18, 1946 to Elvin (Bud) and Pauline (Eastlick) Levulett. He lived his early years between Chico and Golden, Colorado, where he attended school until moving to Etna in 1963 to live with his uncle and aunt, George and Delores Eastlick. He graduated from Etna High School in 1964. He met Julie Zink in high school and they married in February, 1965, and had their first child, Bridgette Renee, in December, 1965.
Steve worked for about a year and a half for the Siskiyou County Road Department for his father-in-law Vernon Zink. After a vacation in Seattle, Washington, Steve decided to move the family there after receiving a job with Boeing, building 737s on which he refused to fly. Steve and Julie welcomed their son Jarrod in 1968 while living in Burien, Washington. In 1970, the family moved back to Etna where steve went to work logging for Croman Corporation before buying Steve’s Service Center (Steve’s Mobil, “The Station”) in 1971. He owned the station until he retired in 1991.
Steve was very active in the community, coaching little league, serving with the Etna Lions Club and Masonic Lodge. He earned the distinction of Citizen of the Year in 1974. Steve drove Bridgette on her paper route during the winter, fixed many flat tires at the station for the kids in town and was always around for his employees, friends and the community.
Steve met Debbie Cooke in 1980, and they married in 1996. For 42 years they were best friends, party hosts, and traveled the United States in their motor home in 2014. After dipping his toe in the Atlantic Ocean, Steve told Debbie “Ok, we can go home now.” Steve enjoyed seeing all of the Civil War Memorials, his favorite being Gettysburg. After retirement and during their travels, Steve was able to enjoy watching Jarrod’s arm wrestling career develop and loved watching his success.
“Stevie Lovely,” as he was affectionately, if not annoyingly, called by many, wasn’t a man who liked a lot of attention, but through working in Los Angeles just out of high school at a grocery store, where he was required to interact with people, to owning Steve’s Mobil, he adapted. Even though he could be described as shy, he always had people come to him wither it was for the coldest beer in town at the station with the many friends that would stop by to hang out, or at his favorite place – home, where friends would often gather to play cards, watch 49ers football, play more cards…and just hang out. Steve was a great host and had many loud and crazy friends, so he didn’t have to say much, just shake his head, laugh and say his famous line, “Sweet Jesus.” His other home-away-from-home was Corrigan’s, the “Little Rock Chapel.” He enjoyed many years hanging out and working with Rusty and the gang. An original resident, who could be found on his stool at the end of the bar.
During this past May for the Rodeo parade, Steve’s proud smile never left his face while he rode shotgun with Bridgette. He threw candy to the crowd and showed off his cherished, restored ‘49 Chevy truck, Abraham.
In addition to his wife, Debbie, Steve leaves his daughter Bridgette Griewank and her husband Nick of Paso Robles, California, son Jarrod Levulett and his wife Julie of Austin, Texas, grandson Zack Brown and his wife Andrea, grandson Dylan Griewank, granddaughter Ashley Levulett, great grandsons Curtis and Carson Brown, sister Jan Linville and her husband Tom, nephews TJ and Danny Linville, many cousins, extended family and dear friends who are like family.
“Steve’s Party,” held at his house for 41 years, is a legendary event. This August will mark the 42nd year and will serve the dual purpose of Steve’s Celebration of Life. This event will be a pot luck style gathering and will take place on Saturday, August 20, 2022 at 3:00 PM at 606 Bryan Street in Etna.
The family would appreciate any condolences be expressed with a donation in Steve’s name to Madrone Hospice, 255 Collier Circle, Yreka, CA 96097 in lieu of flowers.