Stephen Rieger Louder

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Steve was born October 14, 1951, in Lubbock, Texas, to Bill and Joan Louder. He graduated from Cooper High School in 1970 and from Texas Tech University with a degree in Agricultural Engineering in 1974. On June 28, 1974, he married the love of his life, Pam Hayes, in Lubbock, Texas. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Hereford, Texas, where he was employed by Deaf Smith Electric Cooperative. He became the General Manager in 1992 until he retired in 2014. Steve was a passionate man who loved his friends and family with fervency, and his wife, children, and grandchildren were the joy of his life. He worked diligently at his job and served his Lord and Savior with all his heart. He became a Christian at the age of 19 and spent the rest of his life seeking to know Jesus better and to make Him known. He served as an elder in his church and led a Bible study in his home for many years. He served as president of the school board of the Christian school that his children attended. He played an active role in leading and mentoring the lives of those around him, and he lived whole-heartedly to honor his God. Steve is survived by his wife Pam and his five children, their spouses and five grandchildren: Jantzen, Abby, Maci and Titus Louder; Mark, Erin, Zeke and Ella Murray; John, Celeste and Addilyn Claborn; Nathan and Whitney Louder, and Joanna Louder. He is also survived by his sisters and brothers-in-law: Jackie and Linda White, Roy and Lisa Phelps, Rick and Lydia Kloiber, and Chris Hayes; and by his step-siblings, Cynthia Allen and Damon Hopper, and Glen and Sheryl Akin, along with numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Joan Louder Akin in 2013 and Bill Louder in 1966 along with his step father, Glen Akin in 2011. In lieu of flowers, the family will be receiving donations at under general donations with “Steve Louder” in the comment section. These donations will go to continue funding the countless missionaries that Steve loved and supported.


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  1. Please accept my belated condolences. I am trying to make contact with a family member who is interested in Bill Louder’s WWII experience. He and my father, Weldon Squyres, of Fluvanna & Lubbock were in the same POW camp and on the Long March together. I have a photo of them together after their liberation. Thank you – Drew Squyres

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