Photo Gallery and Biography
Steve was the oldest son of Mary (Cheha) Sivich-Kovich. His father died when he was a little over a year old, leaving him and his younger brother Tommy to grow up without knowing their biological father. Steve was raised in Rainer Valley, WA during the Great Depression and could recall memories of waiting in line for weekly food rations of bread and hotdogs with his mother at a young age.
As a child, he and his brother used to collect bottles for money after school to help their mother with the bills. Steve would tell the story of how one day he and Tommy found ten bottles and brought them to the local butcher in exchange for money. Instead of money, the butcher gave the boys a pound of hotdogs. Disappointed, they returned home to their mother to present their exchange. Upon seeing the hotdogs their mother began to cry with happiness, telling Steve and Tommy that “the pound of weenies” would last them a week. Steve could recall how any extra pennies the boys found went towards their childhood hobbies: science fiction books for Tommy and toy cars and trucks for Steve.
The Darigold Dairy sat behind Steve’s childhood home. After high school he worked for Darigold, doing various jobs around the dairy. When World War II broke out, Steve enlisted in the army as a cook. After the war, he retuned to the dairy farm, working alongside his brother Tommy. He and his brother would give their paychecks to their mother for her to manage and to help with the family funds. After work, Steve often found himself at Kane’s Tavern in Seattle, quickly establishing the bar as the local hangout for him and his friends. The bar became a special place for Steve, and eventually became the location in which he met his first wife Catherine.
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