Stephen “Steve” Rolf Baisinger, 71, passed away on September 27, 2016 at Yakima Memorial Hospital. He was born on May 29, 1945 in Seattle, WA to Art and Fran Baisinger. Steve grew up in Seattle and attended Roosevelt High School. He married Kay Troupe in 1965 and together they had 2 daughters, Heidi and Gretchen. They were later divorced. After several weeks of “gloomy weekend weather in Seattle” in 1971 Steve decided to move to the drier side of Washington State and settled in Yakima. He was a certified automatic fire sprinkler contractor and, in 1978, co-founder of Inland Fire Protection with his cousin Mark Evans, retiring in 2001.
Steve married his wife Nancy in 1986 in their home in Terrace Heights where they’ve lived for almost 31 years.
As a child the family would often vacation at Mable Lake in B.C., Canada where Steve had many fond memories. He and Nancy were fortunate enough to revisit Mable Lake last summer where Steve landed a beautiful 23” rainbow trout (which is still in the freezer), the only fish they caught that week.
Steve loved the outdoors, camping, fishing and anything that had an engine and would go fast or be loud. He loved to tinker in the garage and was an enthusiastic collector of cars both new and old, jeeps, street rods, corvettes, dirt bikes, Harleys and “stuff” in general. He rarely got rid of anything. Whether racing his dirt bike on the flat track; jeep in the mud on the jeep grounds in Tampico; mini bikes on the frozen Selah ponds; his Buell at the Bonneville Salt Flats; Super/Comp dragster at Renegade or just cruising around on his Harley or in one of his classic cars, that’s where Steve yearned to be. He also loved the peaceful solitude of the mountains and sailing on his sailboat. Watching movies and listening to smooth jazz were great pleasures.
With his quick wit adding a tad of sarcasm he had a playful sense of humor, loved to tease and had a nickname for everyone. He loved dogs, and often talked about Bogus, his all-time favorite. His last words to Nancy the night before he passed were “Don’t forget to give Teddy his goodie.”
Steve was a lifetime member of Harley Owners Group H.O.G.; Vintiques of Yakima Car Club; Yakima Valley Corvettes; National Automatic Sprinkler Assoc.; Squealers; Rolling Bones; and years ago the Jeep Jockeys.
Survivors include his wife Nancy; daughters Heidi Baisinger (Neil) of Everett, WA and Gretchen Day (Chris) of Carnation, WA; stepsons Lance Waudby (Christy), Chad Waudby and Kody Waudby, all of Yakima; 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; sister Ann Barduhn (Doug) of Yakima, WA; mother-in-law Millie Haase of Yakima; his lifelong friends Mike Fitzpatrick (Carol) of Bothell, WA and Gary Selby of Okanogan, WA; and numerous extended family and friends.
Steve was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law Lee Haase.
At his request there will be no formal service but rather an informal open house gathering of family and friends honoring his life which will be held Sunday, October 9th from 1-3 pm at Sun Country Estates Recreation Hall, 3701 Gun Club Road, Yakima. He will be laid to rest at Terrace Heights Memorial Park next to his parents and father-in-law at a private ceremony.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Yakima Humane Society.