Condolence & Memory Journal

Stephen lived next door to us in Ames,him and my son John became friend,s in grade school. Steve was loyal, and just a good kid. No drugs, cigarettes,weed etc. my son was recruited by Steve, and they both were in the Army. I am so happy that you found JESUS and you were ready to go be with him. Rest in peace Steve,we miss you but you touched us and made us realize that life is precious and to never take that for granted.

Posted by Kathi Jansen - st joseph, MO - friend   May 12, 2013

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My memory of Steve dates back to our days as classmates in Middle School. He always was quite the character and He and I would joke around during class. I sometimes think if not for him I might have not gotten off task as much in class, hahahahaahaah. I even remember how he was like a brother I never had to me because we got a long real well and yet he would punch me in the arm with a smile. I would smile back and we had ongoing punch wars it made everyday of my middle school years not so tough. Nothing will ever compare to or replace my childhood buddy he will be deeply missed.

Posted by Andrew Lloyd - Ames, IA - Friends   November 27, 2012

My heart hurts for all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you guys always.

Posted by Christy Wilcox - Fort Campbell, KY - friend   November 27, 2012

I won't say goodbye because I know and will look forward to seeing and being friends in eternity. You have given us one more reason not to fear death. I look forward to the day you, with your friend Jesus will great us in a world much better than this one. While you were here you made this world a little better. Thank You.

Posted by David and Linda Turner - El Paso, TX - Steve's Pastor and Friend   November 23, 2012

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I miss Steve so much. I remember the good times and can't wait to see him in heaven. He was a great person, always thinking of others and I appreciate him for that. Thanks Steve!

Posted by Katrina Lantz - El Paso, TX - Friend and friend of his daughte   November 23, 2012

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We, Robyn, John, Ian and Collin only arrived in Ft Bliss, TX at the end of March 2012 so we only met Christy, Steve and their children the first week of April when we attended Sunrise Baptist for the first time. Steve and Christy really helped us feel welcome at a time when we knew no one. As a fellow military family, we appreciated the warm welcome more than either of them probably even knew.

Steve was already ill by the time we met him. He was very active in the church, with his family, and had an wonderfully uplifting and ministering spirit which was immediately visible. We didn't get to spend much time with him before he left for MD Anderson, but we certainly prayed for him and his family during his times of trial and for his family during the struggle and their separations. We continue to pray for Christy and their children, that God always keeps them safe in His hands and in His care. RJIC

Posted by Robyn, John, Ian, Collin Gifford - Ft. Bliss, TX - Sunrise Baptist, Military Family   November 22, 2012

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What a battle you all fought! I am sorry to here Steve is gone,but I truly believe we will see him again! My family sends are love,I will try to be at the funeral for John,since i don,t think the army will let him come,Ben and Tyler also.

Posted by Kathi Jansen - Saint Joseph, MO - My son John,Steve,best friend,s   November 22, 2012

Dear Steve and family. I just wanted you to know how special you all are. Aside from my parents, I had never imagined a love and marriage as innocent and unique as yours. I saw your spiritual dedication to God and church, your selfless acts of friendship, your energy and life that touched every soul you met. Steve, I knew you for such a short time, but I bawled and mourned as if you were my family, my blood. You are what God envisioned when he set us up to be examples of His love, and His church family. You leave behind so many loved ones, but your memory lives on forever in them.

Posted by Joanna Kennett - Winchester, VA - Friend   November 22, 2012

Thinking of you and the kids and my heart goes out to you. Steve was a great man and will watch over you everyday.

Posted by Valeria Battaglioli - Lawton, OK - Friends   November 22, 2012

Christy, Raven, Ricky and Eliana.. We sure love you all. God be with you and we know Steve will be waiting with open arms for all of us someday. We are so sorry for your sadness. May God bless you all.

Posted by Charlotte & Dennis Hostettet - El Paso, TX - Friend   November 22, 2012

My sincere sympathies to Scott, Dee, Cynthia and all. I am unable to come to the funeral, but will be thinking of you often during the day as I have been frequently during these last months as Steve so heroically fought the cancer. Blessings and peace to you all.

Posted by Shari Reilly - Ames, IA - Friend of parents   November 21, 2012

im so sorry to hear about the lost of a great man, soldier, husband, and father. i worked and served with him at ft bliss and in iraq. this man always showed me a brighter and funnier side to everything....god bless yall

Posted by sgt conner, michael - fob smart afganistan, GA - coworker   November 21, 2012

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I just wanted to say my deepest sympathies to you and your family in this time. My husband and I have you in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Sarah M. Stone - El Paso, TX   November 21, 2012

Christy, my deepest condolences to you and the children. Know that my prayers for you will not cease as you grieve and adjust to "the new normal" of life without Steve. Love, Sue Huggler, San Antonio TX

Posted by Sue Huggler - SAN ANTONIO, TX - friend and sister in Christ   November 21, 2012