In Loving Memory of Stephen Michael Ficke
January 8, 1946 - July 12, 2019
Stephen Michael Ficke, a resident of Los Angeles was called home on Friday, July 12, 2019; he was 73 years old. At peace with the lord and with uninterrupted faith, he went to sleep with the consciousness that he will live throughout the ceaseless ages with God.
Stephen Michael Ficke was born January 8, 1946, in Chicago, Illinois to Eugene Ficke and Rosalie Jacobs. His parents knew they had a perfect child, which is why they only had one. Stephen was able to experience many things others only dreamt about. Stephen might be described as someone who experienced life to the fullest. He was blessed to travel to many countries and experience many cultures. He had a particular affinity forpre-Castro Cuba as well as the rest of the Caribbean.
Stephen lost his first wife on December 10, 1993, and by the grace of God was connected with Jacqueline Ficke the same night. It is known that when one door is closed by God another one opens. Stephen and his wife, Jacqueline were inseparable and created many beautiful memories together. Stephen loved his wife and did all that he could to provide for her. Stephen was a self-proclaimed professional interior decorator and spent many hours honing his craft with an eye toward maintaining feng shui. Stephen was always willing to lend an ear and offer advice to those that needed it. Stephen was the life of the party and uplifted his friends in a positive way.
Stephen was blessed financially and often shared his blessings with his circle of family and friends. He became synonymous with selfless acts of giving to others. It was not out of the ordinary for Stephen to routinely give his last to those in need. He wouldn"t give you the shirt off of his back; rather he"d buy you your own wardrobe. Stephen viewed life through the lens of the vulnerable and the needy. He empathized with the plight ofthose who were dispossessed and tirelessly espoused their cause.
Stephen visualized himself as a modern-day renaissance man and would often converse on topics ranging from politics to modern art. There is no topic that he was ill informed about nor was he not prepared to discuss at length. To say he was opinionated is an understatement. But as vociferously as he argued his view point, he invested an equal amount of energy into listening to the ideas of others. Stephen valued fostering relation - ships with others. He placed a high premium on understanding different cultures and traditions and proudly proclaimed that there is only one race of people; the human race.
Stephen never avoided opportunities to dare to experience new people, places, and things.
Stephen Michael Ficke is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Ficke. He is also survived by a host of other relatives which include sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and countless friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene Ficke and Rosalie Jacobs. We have all been touched by Stephen"s noble deeds. So today we honor not his death, but his life. Stephen will be missed dearly, however, lest not forget memories are forever.