Stephen Eugene Leedy
July 12, 1949 ‒ October 05, 2021
BELLVILLE: Some say the greatest strength a man can achieve is gentleness. Described as a kind man with a gentle nature, Stephen Eugene Leedy, age 72, passed away Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital following a brief battle with cancer.
Steve was born in Mansfield, Ohio on July 12, 1949, the son of Leonard Eugene “Gene” Leedy & Geraldine Idella “Gerri” (Clever) Leedy. At a young age Steve learned the value of a good work ethic. At 13 years old he began working over the summers for Van Ross Wade where he would work for the next 10 years. While in college Steve also worked the Christmas Tree Lot in Ashland for the Wade family.
He was a 1967 graduate of Clear Fork High School where he played on the varsity football team as a junior and senior. Those 1965 and 1967 teams would later be inducted into the Clear Fork High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Steve continued his education at Ashland College. In 1971 he graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Chemistry. In 1983 he earned a Master’s Degree in Secondary Administration. For 35 years, Steve taught science for Ontario Schools; 10 years in the junior high and 25 years at the high school level. Steve was Ontario’s boys varsity golf coach for 21 years and in 2000 was inducted into the Ohio High School Golf Coaches Hall of Fame.
Steve first met Laurie Shasky on a blind date. The two were married on August 2, 1980. A dedicated husband and father, Steve always supported his children. He was their biggest fan.
Steve enjoyed tending to his garden, fishing anywhere he could put a pole in water, and enjoyed hunting deer and squirrel.
A sports enthusiast, autumn weekends began with Clear Fork high school football, transitioned to Ohio State football and ended with the Sunday afternoons cheering for the Browns. Steve loved to golf especially on Wednesday mornings with his close friends.
He stayed connected with friends and was intentional in attending the monthly coach’s breakfast meetings and lunches with his Clear Fork High School classmates. For 40 years Steve and Laurie played in the “Card Club”. He also loved the monthly meetings with special friends the Smith’s, Sparks, and McClelland’s.
A lifetime member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Steve served in numerous capacities including usher, reader, greeter, council/committee member, attended bible study and sang for the choir and Christmas cantata.
He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Laurie Leedy of Bellville; daughter Lane Nicole Leedy of Findlay, daughter Allyson (Ben) Miller of Bellville and their son Landon James Miller, son Ryan Stephen (Emily) Leedy of Bellville and their son Cooper Ryan Leedy ; sister Rebecca (Al) Szymanski of Valley City; nieces and nephews Lauren, Philip (Claudia), and Bethany Szymanski, and Min (John) Naples and Emily Shasky; aunt Marian (Clyde) Bowman; father-in-law Jerry Shasky; brother-in-law Steve (Cindy) Shasky.
He was preceded in death by his parents Gene & Gerri Leedy and mother-in-law Rosemary Shasky.
Steve’s family will receive friends outside at Leedy Reunion Park, 12815 Yankee Street, Bellville, Ohio 44813 on Sunday, October10, 2021, from 2 pm to 5 pm. A graveside service will be held at 4 pm Monday, October 11, 2021, at Owl Creek Cemetery in Ankenytown with Pastor Debbie Pinnegar officiating.
Memorial contributions to St. Paul Lutheran Church or the Leedy Reunion Association may be made during Sunday’s visitation or may be mailed to Snyder Funeral Homes, PO Box 338, Bellville, Ohio 44813.
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