|Published:||Mar 13, 2013 10:37 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Mar 14, 2013 12:13 AM EDT|
FORT MYERS, FL--Closure for a community grieving over an Ohio couple killed earlier this month. John and Marilyn Steffen died after a Lee County Deputy's cruiser smashed in to their car in Fort Myers.
"We Shall See the King" was one of Gloria Steffen's favorite songs. As friends and family sand and remembered the couple killed, the organ she once played at the New Wine Worship Center sat silent.
Wednesday night, friends and family of John and Marilyn Steffen's said goodbye to the couple who lived for faith and family.
"Going to miss them terribly bad. the children are going to miss them," said friend Lisa Kennedy.
"I think the hard part is realizing that they are not there," said the son of the couple Terry Steffen.
Their son, Terry, says having the community's support makes the loss easier. Terry took over his father roofing business in Ohio and worked for him for ten years.
"You don't realize what a gift that is to see someone every day, work with them and talk to every day," said Steffen.
All that quickly ended on the morning of March 3rd. John and Marilyn were driving to church when authorities say john turned on to Palm Beach Blvd. from Mississippi Avenue when a Lee County Deputy, responding to a 911 call, smashed into theirs-- killing them both.
"it is always hard to lose somebody, but to lose them two at a time, you expect someone else to be there and to cling to," said Steffen.
Now the family is left with many questions.
"It just seems like the circumstances were odd," said Steffen.
The Lee County Deputy went back on full duty yesterday. The Steffen family says they haven't been able to find out anymore information about the crash.
Florida Highway Patrol is still investigating.