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Steven Van Antwerp

September 26,1950 ~ June 28, 2019

STEVEN CRAIG VAN ANTWERP

9/26/1950 – 6/28/2019

He was the rock star of barbering. He was passionate about fishing and music. He loved ice cream. And most of all, he loved his family.

Steven Craig was born to Stanley and Lula Van Antwerp in a small logging town in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon. His early childhood memories were of Lake Labish before moving to Salem, Oregon, and eventually a permanent move to the Gallatin Valley.

In Manhattan High, Steve was active in M-Club and the Varsity Football Squad and was generally social, funny, and outgoing. He was crowned Homecoming King alongside his high school sweetheart, Wanda Boyts, whom he married two years later. Steve’s love of music gave him the opportunity to play drums for the Inside Out and the Wooden Nickel bands. Later he completed barber school in Spokane, Washington, and was proud to bring his talents back to the place he loved.

Steve made a home and a name for himself in beautiful Bozeman, Montana. It is here where he met his second wife, Linda George, and where he purchased 26 W. Main Street and became the sole proprietor of the Tonsorial Parlor Barber Shop. Steve and Linda welcomed a daughter, Jessica, and Steve took on the role offather to Linda’s young son, Benjamin. After the marriage dissolved, he became a single father and dedicated his life to his daughter and his career.

Like clockwork, you could see Steve walking down Main Street toward his shop at 8:45am in a crisp, collared shirt. From the large hanging sign, vintage wallpaper, and old glass bottles that lined the walls, the barbershop was a trusted and familiar place.Throughout his 44-year-long career, he not only improved his client’s and friend’s physical appearance, but he offered an honest ear and outlet to many who would seek advice. He unabashedly shared his wry sense of humor about politics and life with his customers and friends. With a comb in one hand and shears in the other, Steve forged friendships and made new acquaintances. Where the appointment times are sharp, KGLT is on the stereo, and the view of Historic Downtown Bozeman is prime; you knew when you arrived that you would enjoy the 15 minutes shared with the Tonsorial Artist.

Customers would see Steve beam with pride when asked about his daughter and grandchildren. You could be sure to find photos of them tucked in between the eclectic décor or hear about Jessica’s latest crazy adventure. Many remember the time he drove to Las Vegas in 125-degree heat to surprise his daughter for the birth of his granddaughter. With wind-blown hair and tired eyes, it was all worth the 13-hour drive to meet his first grandchild. Steve fell in love with each of his three granddaughters and his grandson, excitedly awaiting the day he could teach them all to fish and play the guitar. He was affectionately known as “PopPop” and the kids knew that they were in for a good time when they would visit. He continued the tradition of gifting rare and vividly illustrated books and his love of reading to each of them, making them laugh with his animated voices. His grandkids loved and cherished their time with PopPop and would always look forward to sharing his beloved ice cream with him.

Steve enjoyed and admired well-written lyrics, poetry, and fiction. To give or receive a book was a treasured exchange between Steve and a friend or family member. One of his most prized possessions remains a collection of history books on the Gallatin Valley and Montana. His knowledge of the surrounding areas of Montana was extensive from studying and travelling.

The pull of the river was a strong magnet for Steve. Throughout a lifetime of fly-fishing ventures, he found his spiritual side meshed naturally with the flow of the rivers and the majesty of the mountains. He enjoyed the solitude, as well as the personal connection that was made fishing and hiking alongside his family and friends. He marveled at the continual miracle of nature and her inhabitants. In recent years, fox, deer bear, racoon, mountain lion, owls, cranes, and birds of every feather migrated through the backyard for Steve’s viewing pleasure. Many of you know that he named the bears Big Mac, Junior Whopper, and Cleopatra for story-telling purposes. And he would remind you to always keep your sense of wonder about the natural world.

When it was time to settle down again, Steve found the love of his life, Mary Ackermann. Their short time together was enriched by camping, gardening, and traveling the RockyMountainWest.Montana’s spectacular and hidden places always turned into the best adventures for them. Their last, great sojourn was a road trip to Arlee, to experience the calm beauty of the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas. While there, Steve found a certain peace and his soul seemed to be set free.

Steve is preceded in death by his parents, Lula Mae Beaty and Stanley C. Van Antwerp; his brother Randy Van Antwerp; his first wife, Wanda Boyts; and his stepson, Benjamin Harrison.

He is survived by his daughter, Jessica Johns (Zach Willis); his grandchildren, Sarayah, Zahara, Xavier, and Naliyah; brothers, Gary (Shelley), Mark (Cammy), and Greg (Carla); sister, Kerri Monger (Scott); and many nieces and nephews, and grand nieces and nephews. Steve is also survived by his significant other, Mary Ackermann and his ex-wife, Linda George.

Steve lived a very rich and full life in the place he loved, with the people he loved most. Steve’s gone fishing and we will love him and miss him beyond time.

Steve had a special place in his heart for the senior community, often making home visits to provide haircuts and shaves for the elderly. During the last years, Steve himself became mostly homebound, finding comfort in Mary and their home and life together. Our thoughts and strength go out to anyone who is living with Alzheimer’s Disease, their families, and caregivers. The family wishes to acknowledge with deep appreciation the many expressions of love, support, and kindness during this time of bereavement. Condolences and remembrances may be posted on the Dokken-Nelson website, www.DokkenNelson.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Steve’s honor to KGLT, the Montana Historical Society, or a GoFundMe site for haircuts and shaves for the homebound.

https://www.gofundme.com/tonsorial-parlor-memorial-account.

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