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He was the owner of J. L. Steen Funeral Directors and Best Friend Pet Cremation Services, a Kentucky Colonel and a member of Funeral Directors Association of Kentucky.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Odell and Evelyn Steen; and an uncle, Thomas George Jr.
He is survived by his companion, Shelia Gosa of Elizabethtown; two aunts, Linda Skees of Elizabethtown and Janet Reed (Walter) of Rineyville; and several cousins including Michael Skees (Amanda), Scott Skees (Kelly), DeWayne Reed (Vickie), Carroll McDonald (Phyllis), Tom “Tomboy” George, Jakob Skees, Kassy Skees, Kayla Skees and Tyler Skees.
The funeral is at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at Elizabethtown Baptist Church. Burial follows in Elizabethtown Memorial Gardens.
Visitation begins at 1 p.m. Friday at Percell & Sons Funeral Home in Elizabethtown.
After a three-week fundraiser to get life-saving heart surgery for little Jacques, a Poodle/Bedlington Terrier mix with a congenital heart defect, he was taken to Metropolitan Veterinary Specialists in Louisville, KY with high hopes.
But at 6:30 pm Tuesday evening, October 23, Penny Edwards, ARC shelter manager, received heartbreaking news: Jacques passed away during the surgery despite Doctor Applewhite and the other veterinarians’ best efforts to save him.
“We are surprised the little guy lasted this long,” Dr. Applewhite told Penny. “With this type of congenital heart defect, they rarely make it beyond a year old.”
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ARC Staff and volunteers were devastated. “We only wanted to make him adoptable to a good home,” Edwards sobbed. “We knew there was a good chance we might lose him. We just never wanted to believe this could happen.”
Dr. Applewhite had to perform a second surgery when serious bleeding complications arose. The little fellow’s heart gave up, and efforts to revive him could not bring him back. The surgeries cost the Animal Refuge Center $3,000.00, which it will attempt to cover.
Little Jacques will be laid to rest at the ARC Pet Cemetery. At least in the short time he was with us, he knew love, companionship and happiness.