Stephen Jeremiah Kantzer

September 02, 1979 ‒ August 27, 2018

Marion, Ohio

Stephen Jeremiah Kantzer, age 38, formerly of Marion, died Monday, August 27, 2018.

On September 2, 1979, Stephen was born in Marion, Ohio to Sheila Riggenbach who loved him enough to give him up to be adopted and raised by Joseph P. and Dianne E. (Roser) Kantzer.

Stephen was a very active and loving child with a forgiving nature. He loved working with his hands and enjoyed fishing.

In June 2000 he graduated from Pleasant High School after completing his schooling at the Tri-Rivers Career Center. In September 2001, Stephen moved to Arkansas, where he worked construction.

He will be missed by his son, Preston J. Welch; parents, Joseph and Dianne Kantzer and birth mother, Sheila Riggenbach; siblings: Amy, Letisha, Danny and Cindy; Grandmother, Patricia Kantzer and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Stephen was preceded in death by his son, Nicholas A. Welch, and brother, Nathan A. Kantzer; Grandparents: John F. Kantzer, Helen A. Kantzer, Willis A. Roser and Dorothy M. Roser.

His family will greet friends from 10-11 a.m. on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at Cornerstone Alliance Church, 2010 Marion-Marysville Rd, Marion, OH 43302. Services honoring his life will follow there at 11 a.m., with Pastor Tim Miller officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Heart of Ohio School Ministry, (a released time Bible education ministry for Public School students) or the Tomorrow Center, (a Charter School for drop out recovery).

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Stephen’s family and your condolences may be shared with them by visiting

  • Joe and Dianne We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. If you need anything. Brian and Pam Huffman

  • Dianne, I am so sorry for your loss. Sending my love and prayers for you and yours. May the Love of Jesus comfort you.

  • Dear Joe and Dianne,
    We were saddened to learn of Stephen’s passing. We will be keeping you in our prayers for comfort and healing. Marvin and DeAnn Mills

  • Joe and Dianne,
    We are so sorry to learn of the passing of Stephen. You are in our prayers and thoughts. May the God of love comfort you and be your refuge.
    Roger and Linda Epley

  • Dear Joe and Diane,
    We are hurting with you as you grieve the loss of your son. We know, and saw firsthand, the love you showed Stephen throughout his life. We’re praying that the Lord will comfort you and all Stephen’s family.
    Rick and Carrie

    “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want …”.
    Psalm 23

  • Dear Joe, Dianne, Jerry, and Preston,

    So very sorry for your loss! We are praying for all of you, and all of Stephen’s family.

    Love and prayers, Eric and Suzanne