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Celebrating the life of
Steven Matthew Dekker
November 03, 1964 - January 09, 2016
Services under the direction of:
Bradshaw Carter
(713) 521-0066
  • Rosary
  • 11:00am - Saturday, January 16, 2016
  • Funeral Service
  • 10:00am - Friday, January 15, 2016
  • Bradshaw Carter
  • 1734 W Alabama St (Map)
    Houston, Tx 77098

  • (713) 521-0066
  • Visitation
  • 6:00pm - Thursday, January 14, 2016
  • Bradshaw Carter
  • 1734 W Alabama St (Map)
    Houston, Tx 77098

  • (713) 521-0066

It was a pleasure being Steve's landlord while he lived in his 'luxurious' White Oak apartment in Houston. Steve truly made life better for all those blessed to be his friends.

Steve Dukes, Houston, TX

My Steve: It has been two months since we said goodbye and I miss you more with each passing day. You would have been so very proud of the number of people who continue to contact me to tell me how much you impacted their lives. The last 17-years flew by and I thank you for every minute. For all those years, you were the rock in the storm. But I know now that there are storms we can not weather. But as much as I miss you, I am proud of the fact that if it had to end this way, I wouldn't change a thing. I love you. Your partner and husband, Gregory https://youtu.be/Fc0dt5hWRJc

Gregory Montelaro, Houston, TX

Karen, Kevin and family, So very sorry to hear of your loss of Steve. I only remember Steve when he was a little guy, but after reading his obit I see he turned into quite an amazing person. I know how very much you will all miss him. Please know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers!

Ruth Ann Hund Timmermeyer and family, Wichita, Kansas

I had the privilege of getting to know Steve when we were in our teens, and had the occasion to hit quite a few tennis balls with him. Even though he was 5 years older than me, he was always generous with his time and attention, and he always treated me as his peer and equal. I hadn't talked to Steve in a long time since he moved away, but I know what kind of person he was and all the lives he must have surely impacted. My condolences, thoughts and prayers to his family. With kindest regards, Eric Fahnestock

Eric Fahnestock, Wichita, KS

Sorry this comes a little late, but I just heard about Steve's passing. I am Steve's cousin on his mother's side of the family. I have not seen or heard much about Steve for quite some time now. I moved away from the Wichita area many years ago, but I did hear from the family that Steve had moved to Houston and was working as a tennis pro. My memories of Steve are then of him as a child. His older brother, Kevin, would come to play with my younger sister as his mom would work at my parents' nursery/greenhouse business. Steve would be tagging along--sometimes as a pest I'm sure for Kevin and Beverly, and me too occasionally. But I do remember that smile. How could you be upset at him when he flashed that smile. My heart goes out to all those who got to experience Steve's good heart as he grew into a man. More's the pity for me that I never had an opportunity to get to know him better.

Marlene de Ree, Savannah, GA

The Dekker family here Washington state want to say a fond farewell to their cousin Steven our Dad was very proud of his brother John's children we always heard about their accomplishments. Our condolences to the family and his partner prayers for you all from the family in the Seattle area. His smile reminds all of us of family.

Cecilia Mccoy (Dekker) , Kent, wa

Every life has an impact on this world. Steve will never be forgotten !! He will always remain in the hearts of those who loved him!

Peggy McCall Tulk, Wichita, ks.

Greg, Kevin and Karen: My deepest sympathy and condolences to you and your families at this time...

Cinthia (Pahls) Conaway-Warren, Evansville, IN

Dear Greg and the Dekker and Montelaro families, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. From the short time I've known both of you through the Patient and Family Advisory Council, it was so easy to see your deep love and caring for each other. I hope you find comfort in knowing that we are all thinking of you and praying for you.

Beverly Price, Houston, TX

Dear Gregory and all of Steve's loved ones, Words cannot begin to convey how deeply sad I feel for you on the loss of Steve. All during his battle, I kept praying "Please let Steve be one of those who escape the grip of this disease". With Greg's knowledgeable and deeply caring involvement in the battle, I thought if anyone had a chance to escape that was Steve. But despite the most expert, most intense work by Gregory, it was not to be. Steve was destined to shed the chrysalis of his human body and become an angel too early. My most heartfelt sympathies for you, Gregory, and all of Steve's family and friends. Jana

Jana Piscioneri, Dallas, TX

Dear Gregory, My condolences to you, Steve's immediate family and to everyone who will miss Steve's infectious smile. God bless you and keep you all.

Judy Overton, Houston, TX

Dear Gregory, Those of us who have been through this know and understand your pain, sorrow and suffering. The depts of it are unfathomable. Find comfort in the fact that Steve was loved, spoiled and pamperd by you right up to the very end. You two were very lucky to have found one another and forged such a beautiful relationship and marriage. I am truly sorry for your loss. -Cecilia

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Dear Gregory, I am so sorry for your loss. While I have been acquainted with you and Steve for only a short time, I am touched by the servant-heart you had for him. It was obvious in the way you took care of him that he received tender, loving care from you. I pray that God will wrap you in the peace that only He can provide at such a time.

Cindy Harris, Houston, TX

Dear Gregory and the extended family and friends, Knowing Steve has been a special experience. His constant grace and strength under the many burdens of cancer have been inspirational and endearing. As a member of the MD Anderson Patient and Family Advisory Council, he continued to make a difference in the lives of others. Wishing all of you strength and comfort,

Kay Swint, Houston, TX

Please accept my sincere condolences. Steve's prowess in tennis at Bishop Carroll was almost as memorable as the Beta ski trip we took to Colorado in 1986. My father enjoyed his father's friendship in their careers at the City of Wichita as well. Rest in peace, brother Steve.

John Anderton, Atlanta, GA

I wish I had the pleasure of meeting Steve. As a fellow brain tumor patient, I followed Steve's valiant battle with the disease. Steve has been an inspiration to me. He was very fortunate to have Gregory on his side to offer guidance and support. Gregory provided expert advice to myself and many other patients in effort to prolong our lives, and I have no doubt that he helped to extend Steve's. Gregory, you are in our thoughts each day. Warm wishes from India.

Scott Stier, Chennai, India, IN

My Deepest Sympathy to each of you. May Steve be granted Eternal Life, and watch over and protect us from above.He, and each of you, are loved and cherished by me, and our family.

Dennis R Pahls, Cawker City, Ks

Steve, you will be missed.

Tiffany Ramsey Brown, Wichita, Ks

I was able to share my childhood days with Steve playing little league baseball with him and his dad as a coach. We continued our friendship through grade school and some of highschool. He will truly be missed. God bless his family.

Curt Stuever, Wichita, Ks

Steve was always a caring, giving, sweet man with never an unkind word for anyone. His beautiful heart burned bright during his time here on Earth and I am sure it will continue to do so in the loving presence of God. May his family and friends find comfort during this devastating time.

Alisa (Flanigan) Franco, Wichita, KS

I got to know Steve over the years through face book, he was a wonderful friend and will be greatly missed. He was always there when you needed him to talk with and had the personality that could Alway cheer me up. I always want to meet my good friend in person, but never got the chance, he is now one of the great angels watching over us you will live on my friend in my memories and stories you told.... With lots of love pete

Peter quick, West hurley , Ny

My deepest condolences and prayers for you Greg as you mourn the loss of Steve. May God comfort you with his most precious love and peace always but mostly in the days to come!!

Talisa Pousson, Eunice, La

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of Steve & Greg's family and friends. Steve was a wonderful person and I'm happy to have had the pleasure of attending Bishop Carroll and UNLV with Steve so long ago. Steve touched the lives of many and brightened the day with his smile. That smile is truly something we will all remember. My condolences to all. May God bring peace and strength to you.

Elizabeth Borst Kone, San Jose, CA

Steve was my fraternity brother, coworker and friend. He always made me smile with his quirkiness. I think fondly on our times together. He will be missed, but is in a better place. Gregory, you are in my prayers as you move forward.

Brian Wells, Chicago, IL

Dear Greg Although I never met Steve I could feel the love you shared for one another in all of the pictures you would post of all of your adventures and all the beautiful places you all would visit...I am saddened by your loss because I know that you are in pain but at peace because he is no longer... You have my deepest condolences and prayers.... I love you and I am only a phone call away... Tamekia

Tamekia Mitchell-Cotright, Baytown, TX

To all who are sharing this loss with Greg, I am so very sorry. Steve was a great guy and always sporting that wonderful smile. I am so happy to know that you guys created some lifelong memories together that you can reflect on forever. You and all of your family are in my hearts and prayers.

Rochelle Bordelon, Houston, Texas

I am truly sorry to hear about Steve. I've known Steve since our days at The Houstonian. We had such a great time during our reign there. He will so be missed. Thank you Gregory, God bless you.

Cathy, Sanford, FL

Dear Gregory. I will miss Steve. I enjoyed all the great times we had working together at The Houstonian Club. I have so many great memories with him. So many wonderful memories when he was healthy. I am so thankful he is now at peace. God bless you....

Colleen Kennedy, Houston, Texas

Dear Gregory, All of us at The Shepherd School of Music will miss seeing Steve. He was a most wonderful part of our community of friends and supporters. Our deepest condolences to you, your friends and family.

Diane McOmie, Houston, TX

To Gregory and the Dekker and Montelaro families, We are so incredibly grateful for Gregory's years of care to our friend Steve. He will be remembered in our fondest thoughts as being such a happy man, smiling and forever active and playful. Gregory, you were there so many times to shepherd Steve through illnesses. You sheltered him from harm while giving of yourself. You never allowed him to experience worry, fear or discomfort. Such a tender soul could have experienced a cruel world but you were his harbor in the storm. You never failed in your mission, not for one moment, even until the very end. You made our friend comfortable. For that, I'm proud you are my friend. You are a kind man.

Taylor Moore , Houston, TX

To the Dekker, Montelaro and McCall families, I am so sorry for your loss. Steve was a good man — a smart, witty and inspiring leader and friend to our family. I was blessed to learn many valuable lessons during his time in Topeka, Kansas. He helped me perfect my topspin on the tennis court as my favorite coach. He also guided me at church, serving as a Confirmation sponsor, offered advice on how to talk to boys, even took me to my first rock concert. Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. I will remember Steve's smile, his energy, love for life and humor.

Elizabeth Pepperdine, Kansas City, MO

Gregory -- I am so sorry for your loss. Seventeen years together evidences a deep commitment and love in the truest sense of the word. I am so happy for you both that you were able to marry. That must have meant a great deal to you both. I pray that your extended families will rally to your side at this very sad and difficult time, and provide you with the love, support, respect, and comfort you would show them were the situation reversed. You know your friends will be there for you. The obituary was beautifully written and described Steve as I remember him -- optimistic, exuberant, and innocent. May Steve Rest in Peace with God and the Angels Forever. Many many decades from now, may the two of you be reunited in Paradise forever. Stay strong and be well. Rick

Rick Flowers, Houston, Texas

On Saturday morning before daybreak, January 9, 2016 an angel returned home to the arms of God where mortal disease and pain no longer exist. Steven Matthew Dekker, 51, born November 3, 1964 in Wichita, Kansas as the son of his late parents, City Attorney John Dekker and Genevieve Pahls Dekker ended a lion’s hearted battle with brain cancer at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.
Friends and family who knew Steve will always remember his playful sense of innocence, a youthful exuberance and contagious smile. A top rated tennis player and teaching professional, he carried a passion for sports and outdoors, running several marathons, loved to water ski and was a stunning snow boarder. He conveyed a soul of incredible lightness, gifted with a quirk of always searching for the positive side of the negative situation and support for the underdog.
Growing up in Wichita, Kansas, Steve was awarded a scholarship to attend both Wichita State University and University of Nevada Las Vegas where he lettered in tennis while graduating with two degrees, both in business administration and in hotel and restaurant management. Steve moved to Houston, Texas in 1994 as teaching professional at River Oaks Country Club as the hitting coach for international tennis star Zina Garrison and later hired by The Houstonian as director of racquet sports. He and his fun loving band of pros introduced the game of Paddle tennis and as part of the US team, traveled and competed internationally representing the United States throughout Europe and South America, often as guests of heads of state, famous names and celebrities. But knowing Steve, these big names just meant another lifelong friend in an everyday person.
Survived by his brother Kevin Dekker of Phoenix, Arizona, sister Karen McCall and her husband Mark of Wichita, Kansas. and the most wonderful circle of loving nieces, nephews and extended family: Rachel and husband Martin, Andrea, Alivia, Megan, Matthew and wife Amy, Ryan and his wife Marissa, Preston, Hannah, Mark, Kaleigh, Lillie, Lauren, Chloe, Cash and Levy. Steve and his partner of seventeen years, Gregory Montelaro were wed last June in Santa Fe, New Mexico in an outdoor ceremony where upon they embarked on world travel visiting unique cultures as spouses, celebrating the ultimate journey of every special moment together. Gregory’s two children Brett and Lauren were loved as his own. The affection of every family member was considered a remarkable blessing to Steve.
Several years of successful treatment and therapy was made ever more endearing by his black attack cat, Squeezy Smith who remained by his side throughout. She brought out Steve’s boyish smile during the long process of repairing. Special thanks are given to the outstanding staff of M.D. Anderson where Steve served as board member on the Patient Family Advisory Council. His passionate volunteering, knowing his role as trailblazer for future patients, their care and family experience made every moment of the journey worthwhile.
A memorial for friends and family will be held at Bradshaw-Carter Funeral Home in Houston on Thursday January, 14 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. with a Roman Catholic Mass following on Friday 10:00 a.m. to be followed by family burial in Eunice, Louisiana.
A tender soul has touched the Earth and for now is gone from us. He has changed our lives. Truly an individual, soft as a lamb with compassion, conviction fierce as the hottest fire. A finer gentleman there has never been. Go Shockers!

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Candle tribute lit by Woody Williams — Kentucky

It was a pleasure being Steve's landlord while he lived in his 'luxurious' White Oak apartment in Houston. Steve truly made life better for all those blessed to be his friends.

Steve Dukes, Houston, TX

Candle tribute lit by Steve Dukes — Texas

My Steve: It has been two months since we said goodbye and I miss you more with each passing day. You would have been so very proud of the number of people who continue to contact me to tell me how much you impacted their lives. The last 17-years flew by and I thank you for every minute. For all those years, you were the rock in the storm. But I know now that there are storms we can not weather. But as much as I miss you, I am proud of the fact that if it had to end this way, I wouldn't change a thing. I love you. Your partner and husband, Gregory https://youtu.be/Fc0dt5hWRJc

Gregory Montelaro, Houston, TX

Karen, Kevin and family, So very sorry to hear of your loss of Steve. I only remember Steve when he was a little guy, but after reading his obit I see he turned into quite an amazing person. I know how very much you will all miss him. Please know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers!

Ruth Ann Hund Timmermeyer and family, Wichita, Kansas

I had the privilege of getting to know Steve when we were in our teens, and had the occasion to hit quite a few tennis balls with him. Even though he was 5 years older than me, he was always generous with his time and attention, and he always treated me as his peer and equal. I hadn't talked to Steve in a long time since he moved away, but I know what kind of person he was and all the lives he must have surely impacted. My condolences, thoughts and prayers to his family. With kindest regards, Eric Fahnestock

Eric Fahnestock, Wichita, KS

Sorry this comes a little late, but I just heard about Steve's passing. I am Steve's cousin on his mother's side of the family. I have not seen or heard much about Steve for quite some time now. I moved away from the Wichita area many years ago, but I did hear from the family that Steve had moved to Houston and was working as a tennis pro. My memories of Steve are then of him as a child. His older brother, Kevin, would come to play with my younger sister as his mom would work at my parents' nursery/greenhouse business. Steve would be tagging along--sometimes as a pest I'm sure for Kevin and Beverly, and me too occasionally. But I do remember that smile. How could you be upset at him when he flashed that smile. My heart goes out to all those who got to experience Steve's good heart as he grew into a man. More's the pity for me that I never had an opportunity to get to know him better.

Marlene de Ree, Savannah, GA

The Dekker family here Washington state want to say a fond farewell to their cousin Steven our Dad was very proud of his brother John's children we always heard about their accomplishments. Our condolences to the family and his partner prayers for you all from the family in the Seattle area. His smile reminds all of us of family.

Cecilia Mccoy (Dekker) , Kent, wa

Every life has an impact on this world. Steve will never be forgotten !! He will always remain in the hearts of those who loved him!

Peggy McCall Tulk, Wichita, ks.

Candle tribute lit by Roxanne penz — Texas

Candle tribute lit by Cinthia — Indiana

Greg, Kevin and Karen: My deepest sympathy and condolences to you and your families at this time...

Cinthia (Pahls) Conaway-Warren, Evansville, IN

Candle tribute lit by Talisa Pousson — Louisiana

Candle tribute lit by Annette Page Albright — Kansas

Candle tribute lit by E Gilbert — Ohio

Candle tribute lit by Kim Kunkel — Arizona

Candle tribute lit by Debbie Pahls — Missouri

Dear Greg and the Dekker and Montelaro families, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. From the short time I've known both of you through the Patient and Family Advisory Council, it was so easy to see your deep love and caring for each other. I hope you find comfort in knowing that we are all thinking of you and praying for you.

Beverly Price, Houston, TX

Candle tribute lit by Nancy & David Fontenot — Louisiana

Dear Gregory and all of Steve's loved ones, Words cannot begin to convey how deeply sad I feel for you on the loss of Steve. All during his battle, I kept praying "Please let Steve be one of those who escape the grip of this disease". With Greg's knowledgeable and deeply caring involvement in the battle, I thought if anyone had a chance to escape that was Steve. But despite the most expert, most intense work by Gregory, it was not to be. Steve was destined to shed the chrysalis of his human body and become an angel too early. My most heartfelt sympathies for you, Gregory, and all of Steve's family and friends. Jana

Jana Piscioneri, Dallas, TX

Candle tribute lit by Kevin Freeman — Texas

Candle tribute lit by chrisandmarc — California

Candle tribute lit by Landy and Kent Baum-Ferg — Texas

Dear Gregory, My condolences to you, Steve's immediate family and to everyone who will miss Steve's infectious smile. God bless you and keep you all.

Judy Overton, Houston, TX

Dear Gregory, Those of us who have been through this know and understand your pain, sorrow and suffering. The depts of it are unfathomable. Find comfort in the fact that Steve was loved, spoiled and pamperd by you right up to the very end. You two were very lucky to have found one another and forged such a beautiful relationship and marriage. I am truly sorry for your loss. -Cecilia

, ,

Dear Gregory, I am so sorry for your loss. While I have been acquainted with you and Steve for only a short time, I am touched by the servant-heart you had for him. It was obvious in the way you took care of him that he received tender, loving care from you. I pray that God will wrap you in the peace that only He can provide at such a time.

Cindy Harris, Houston, TX

Dear Gregory and the extended family and friends, Knowing Steve has been a special experience. His constant grace and strength under the many burdens of cancer have been inspirational and endearing. As a member of the MD Anderson Patient and Family Advisory Council, he continued to make a difference in the lives of others. Wishing all of you strength and comfort,

Kay Swint, Houston, TX

Please accept my sincere condolences. Steve's prowess in tennis at Bishop Carroll was almost as memorable as the Beta ski trip we took to Colorado in 1986. My father enjoyed his father's friendship in their careers at the City of Wichita as well. Rest in peace, brother Steve.

John Anderton, Atlanta, GA

I wish I had the pleasure of meeting Steve. As a fellow brain tumor patient, I followed Steve's valiant battle with the disease. Steve has been an inspiration to me. He was very fortunate to have Gregory on his side to offer guidance and support. Gregory provided expert advice to myself and many other patients in effort to prolong our lives, and I have no doubt that he helped to extend Steve's. Gregory, you are in our thoughts each day. Warm wishes from India.

Scott Stier, Chennai, India, IN

Candle tribute lit by Joe Long — South Carolina

My Deepest Sympathy to each of you. May Steve be granted Eternal Life, and watch over and protect us from above.He, and each of you, are loved and cherished by me, and our family.

Dennis R Pahls, Cawker City, Ks

Candle tribute lit by Samantha Fontenot — Kentucky

Steve, you will be missed.

Tiffany Ramsey Brown, Wichita, Ks

I was able to share my childhood days with Steve playing little league baseball with him and his dad as a coach. We continued our friendship through grade school and some of highschool. He will truly be missed. God bless his family.

Curt Stuever, Wichita, Ks

Candle tribute lit by Julie Hernandez Stefanik — Mississippi

Candle tribute lit by James Allen Westbrook — Alabama

Candle tribute lit by Maureen Brady — Kansas

Steve was always a caring, giving, sweet man with never an unkind word for anyone. His beautiful heart burned bright during his time here on Earth and I am sure it will continue to do so in the loving presence of God. May his family and friends find comfort during this devastating time.

Alisa (Flanigan) Franco, Wichita, KS

I got to know Steve over the years through face book, he was a wonderful friend and will be greatly missed. He was always there when you needed him to talk with and had the personality that could Alway cheer me up. I always want to meet my good friend in person, but never got the chance, he is now one of the great angels watching over us you will live on my friend in my memories and stories you told.... With lots of love pete

Peter quick, West hurley , Ny

Candle tribute lit by Peter quick — New York

My deepest condolences and prayers for you Greg as you mourn the loss of Steve. May God comfort you with his most precious love and peace always but mostly in the days to come!!

Talisa Pousson, Eunice, La

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of Steve & Greg's family and friends. Steve was a wonderful person and I'm happy to have had the pleasure of attending Bishop Carroll and UNLV with Steve so long ago. Steve touched the lives of many and brightened the day with his smile. That smile is truly something we will all remember. My condolences to all. May God bring peace and strength to you.

Elizabeth Borst Kone, San Jose, CA

Steve was my fraternity brother, coworker and friend. He always made me smile with his quirkiness. I think fondly on our times together. He will be missed, but is in a better place. Gregory, you are in my prayers as you move forward.

Brian Wells, Chicago, IL

Candle tribute lit by Elizabeth Borst Kone — California

Dear Greg Although I never met Steve I could feel the love you shared for one another in all of the pictures you would post of all of your adventures and all the beautiful places you all would visit...I am saddened by your loss because I know that you are in pain but at peace because he is no longer... You have my deepest condolences and prayers.... I love you and I am only a phone call away... Tamekia

Tamekia Mitchell-Cotright, Baytown, TX

Candle tribute lit by Brian Martinez — Texas

To all who are sharing this loss with Greg, I am so very sorry. Steve was a great guy and always sporting that wonderful smile. I am so happy to know that you guys created some lifelong memories together that you can reflect on forever. You and all of your family are in my hearts and prayers.

Rochelle Bordelon, Houston, Texas

I am truly sorry to hear about Steve. I've known Steve since our days at The Houstonian. We had such a great time during our reign there. He will so be missed. Thank you Gregory, God bless you.

Cathy, Sanford, FL

Candle tribute lit by Michelle — Louisiana

Dear Gregory. I will miss Steve. I enjoyed all the great times we had working together at The Houstonian Club. I have so many great memories with him. So many wonderful memories when he was healthy. I am so thankful he is now at peace. God bless you....

Colleen Kennedy, Houston, Texas

Candle tribute lit by Vaughn & Gail Marxhausen — Texas

Dear Gregory, All of us at The Shepherd School of Music will miss seeing Steve. He was a most wonderful part of our community of friends and supporters. Our deepest condolences to you, your friends and family.

Diane McOmie, Houston, TX

Candle tribute lit by Stephanie (Robinson) Schmeck — Kansas

To Gregory and the Dekker and Montelaro families, We are so incredibly grateful for Gregory's years of care to our friend Steve. He will be remembered in our fondest thoughts as being such a happy man, smiling and forever active and playful. Gregory, you were there so many times to shepherd Steve through illnesses. You sheltered him from harm while giving of yourself. You never allowed him to experience worry, fear or discomfort. Such a tender soul could have experienced a cruel world but you were his harbor in the storm. You never failed in your mission, not for one moment, even until the very end. You made our friend comfortable. For that, I'm proud you are my friend. You are a kind man.

Taylor Moore , Houston, TX

To the Dekker, Montelaro and McCall families, I am so sorry for your loss. Steve was a good man — a smart, witty and inspiring leader and friend to our family. I was blessed to learn many valuable lessons during his time in Topeka, Kansas. He helped me perfect my topspin on the tennis court as my favorite coach. He also guided me at church, serving as a Confirmation sponsor, offered advice on how to talk to boys, even took me to my first rock concert. Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. I will remember Steve's smile, his energy, love for life and humor.

Elizabeth Pepperdine, Kansas City, MO

Gregory -- I am so sorry for your loss. Seventeen years together evidences a deep commitment and love in the truest sense of the word. I am so happy for you both that you were able to marry. That must have meant a great deal to you both. I pray that your extended families will rally to your side at this very sad and difficult time, and provide you with the love, support, respect, and comfort you would show them were the situation reversed. You know your friends will be there for you. The obituary was beautifully written and described Steve as I remember him -- optimistic, exuberant, and innocent. May Steve Rest in Peace with God and the Angels Forever. Many many decades from now, may the two of you be reunited in Paradise forever. Stay strong and be well. Rick

Rick Flowers, Houston, Texas

Candle tribute lit by Rick Flowers — Texas


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