Holland City News, February 5, 1904
Veteran Dies As Result of Wounds
Ralph Steffens, a veteran of the Civil War, died shortly before noon yesterday. Death was the result of a gunshot wound received in battle, and from which he has suffered to a degree for nearly 40 years. He was a member of the Third Michigan Regiment, Co. F.
The deceased was 66 years of age, and is survived by a wife and five children, J. Julius and Jennie R., living at home, Katie of South Blendon, Mary Jane of Chicago and Harvey H. of Manton, Mich.
The deceased came here with his parents in 1848, locating at Beaverdam. Later, the family moved to South Blendon, and eight years ago Mr. Steffens came to this city. He was shot through the right lung at the battle of Petersburg, with the exception of 9 months spent in the hospital at Philadelphia; he served continuously for four years in the Civil War.
The funeral will be held Monday morning at 10 o’clock at the home, 65 East Seventh Street. Rev. J. T. Bergens and Rev. S. Vander Werf will officiate. The body will be interred in the Zeeland Cemetery. Interurban cars will be taken.
Transcriber: Joan M. Van Spronsen