Stephen Eugene Leedy

July 12, 1949 ‒ October 05, 2021

Bellville, Ohio

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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  • Lori, Lane, Allison & Ryan,

    All of you have my sincere condolences.

    Steve was a person that was gracious in every way: quiet, unassuming and always faithful. If you were lucky enough to have known Steve, you were blessed. He made everyone around him feel good.

    Personally he was a great golf buddy, a fellow Cantata singer & always a welcomed person to do ushering duties with at Church. Kathy & I will miss him greatly.

  • A great friend during high school, he was a groomsman in my wedding – traveling over 500 miles to attend. I can’t remember him ever uttering a negative comment about anyone. He will be missed.

  • To Laurie and all the Leedy family:

    We are so sorry for your loss with Steve’s passing. We were shocked learning of his passing during the Wednesday golf outing; we felt certain he would be back with us very soon. He was a fine man and an excellent teacher. I thank God I had the privilege of knowing him and working with him. He was an excellent example for the young men under his guidance. He will be sorely missed.
    Our prayers go out to you all.

  • So very sorry for your loss. Steve snd I worked together at Hickersons strawberry farm for a number of years in the early 2000’s. He was a very nice man.
    Diana Garver

  • Steve and I were family and classmates as walk as brothers on the football teams all through school.He was a gentle person in almost all things… except on the field and I’ve always remembered the scabs on his nose that his helmet kept open throughout the season as he played nose over the center and won way more battles than he lost.
    Rest easy brother😇🥲

  • We are so sorry for your loss! Mr. Leedy was our science teacher in 7th grade at Ontario in the 1979s. He was a great teacher!

  • I took over the Ontario MS wrestling when Steve moved on. He was a great teacher and a better friend. Always had a smile and never had anything bad to about anyone. He always found the food in a person.

  • So very sorry for your loss. I had the great fortune to work with Steve for seven years at Ontario. He was a good friend and great teacher and coach. We are all better for having known him.

  • Dear Laurie and family – We are so very sorry for your loss. Praying for you and the kids, that God will comfort you and give you peace, and also give you smiles when memories of the good times you had with him come to mind. Hugs to you!

  • Laurie, Lane, Allison, Ryan and extended family members,
    I am so so saddened to learn of Steve’s passing. What an incredible husband, father, grandfather, friend, and teacher! His warm spirit is alive in all of you — and will be always. Sending you strength and much love at this very difficult time…

  • Laurie and Steve’s children and family, You have my deepest sympathy. What a wonderful man. My Dad and Steve taught together at Ontario and Dad just loved Steve, but who wouldnt. Steve wss always so friendly and kind. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Dear Lane and family,

    I am so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. He was such a kind and patient teacher, but my favorite thing about him was how much joy he got from being your dad anytime you and I met up during softball. He will be so missed, and I wish you and your family peace and comfort.


  • I was in one of Mr. Leedy’s science classes at Ontario. He was a good teacher and an even better person. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. My prayers go out to all of you who loved him most dearly.

  • Mrs Leedy & family,
    So sorry for your loss. He was a great teacher and example to many. He helped instill the love of science in me during middle school. I became a registered respiratory therapist (RRT).
    I am so glad to have been able to see him and talk to him before he passed away. I love connecting with people of my past at Ontario High & Middle school. As I told him he had a great impact on me as my teacher.

    Prayers given to you and your family of peace and comfort for your loss.

  • To all the Leedy family, please accept my heartfelt condolences for the death of Steve. As was stated earlier, I am a better man for having had Steve in my life. I played golf under Steve and took Chemistry from him in the 80s, but it was his Physics class that changed my life forever. Steve partnered me with another student that went to college with me at Ashland. That student’s college roommate has now been my wife for more than 25 years. As a pastor, I also appreciated Steve’s faith and gentle spirit. Much love and prayers to you all.

  • What a great picture of Steve. Exactly how I want to remember him; warm, kind, humble, happy and ready to cheer on the Tribe. We will miss him a lot but we have lots of fond memories of him to get us through.

  • So very sorry to all the family in your loss. He taught both my girls . I know he was many things in life but I am very grateful to have had my girls benefit from his gift of teaching. Although not many, I enjoyed the conversations I had with him during Lynsey and Michelle’s school years. Godspeed!

  • Laurie, Lane , Allison and Ryan. I’m so very sorry to hear of the loss of your husband and father! May you be surrounded by peace and comfort in these difficult days. Think of you all. He was a good man.

  • Very sorry for your loss. I’m lucky that Mr. Leedy never got too mad at Ryan and the rest of us when we would cause trouble in the woods behind their house.

    Thinking of all of you.

  • Dear Leedy Family,
    You all are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    We have so many great memories of Steve from church, card parties and some real awesome trips we took together. Such an easygoing and thoughtful man. One of the nicest guy ever.
    Take care and so so sorry for your loss.
    Larry and Luey Dill

  • Dear Leedy Family! You all have our sincere sympathy! We have so many memories! From High School, playing on the football field Together and days at Ashland College and selling Christmas trees together! Fun Memories!! Love and prayers! RON and Jeanie Roberts.

  • Laurie & Family!

    My deepest condolences to you for the loss of Steve. I first got to know Steve in 2014 with the Wednesday morning golf group. He was a very kind person and loved to play golf. We are going to miss him on Wednesday’s on our golf day but he will never be forgotten.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all!

    Ed Sauer

  • We were deeply saddened to learn of Steve’s passing. We have so many happy memories of this good friend over the years. Steve was respected and beloved in all aspects of his life, as a husband, father, grandfather, friend, teacher, and coach, and will be missed by so many. Sending special thoughts and prayers for our dear friends Laurie, Lane, Allyson, and Ryan and their wonderful families.

  • This is a tough one. Steve and I have been friends since grade school. We were in classes together, played sports together, were both science teachers and coaches, and for the past 10 or so years met monthly for lunch with our class of 1967 buddies. My thoughts go to his family and friends. He was a special guy.

  • My deepest sympathy to Laurie, Lane, Allison, and Ryan. Heaven just got a little brighter since God called Steve home. I was so fortunate to be his assistant golf coach. Steve was a kind and caring man. He touched the lives of so many young athletes and students in a positive way.
    Steve did love to fish, as he demonstrated in Canada at my fishing camp. He also loved to play cards in the cabin at night when he and Brian McClelland partnered up against a Canadian friend and myself. He will be missed, but I know he is in the greatest of all hands.
    May God give Laurie and family the peace, strength, and comfort they need during this time.
    God Bless.

  • To the Leedy Family,
    I am so very sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. My sincere condolences go out to all his family. Steve and I have known each other for the past 24 years. I’ve had the privilege of working with him at Ontario both as a colleague and coach and also as a dear friend and golfing bud. What a kind-hearted and caring person. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

  • Laurie, Lane, Allyson, Ryan and their families,
    Steve was our gentle and thoughtful neighbor on Myers Ave for many years. He and his Dad were our “Raspberry Men” delivering those delicious berries every August. He had a way of caring for people, plants ,and animals with patience and kindness. How he loved his family, church, and friends !
    Steve Leedy be will be missed .
    Judy and John Coppersmith

  • Dear Laurie and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you all. It’s a sad day on this earth when a good, kind and loving soul is called home. Butch and Toni

  • I am so sad to hear about Steve’s passing. He was my 8th grade science teacher and I absolutely loved him. He was a great teacher and later went on to teach my own children later in his teaching career. The world is definitely a better place because he was in it, and taught so many young men and women. He was a true roll model to follow. May God bless you Steve Leedy!

  • My deepest sympathy to Laurie, Lane, Allison, and Ryan. I taught with Steve at Ontario Middle School and respected him as a good teacher and even more as a friend. I thought of him him often after I heard the dreaded “C” word, but felt lost as to how to relay my concern. He went much too quickly. God will keep him in His care. I will not be physically present at his services, but my prayers are with family.

  • Leedy family, I am so sorry to hear this news. Mr. Leedy was my physics teacher and I remember him for being a calm, fun teacher. I always enjoyed being in his class. Mr. Leedy was also the golf coach and I remember all the fun we had traveling around and playing golf at different courses around the area. He was a positive influence on all of his students. Condolences, Alan Schwartz

  • So sorry to hear this. Mr. Leedy was my 8th grade Science teacher and one of my favorites Thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

  • Leedy Family,
    Prayers and condolences are with you during this difficult time.
    Mr. Leedy was my science teacher in high school and golf coach, along with Mr. Miller.
    He will truly be missed.
    Many Blessings.
    John Koenig

  • I was very saddened to hear about Steve’s passing. My deepest sympathy to Laurie and family. Even though I didn’t see Steve often, was able to see him at our class reunions as well as the Bellville fair. Good memories! Great guy!!!

  • So shocked and sorry to learn of Steve’s passing. Praying for you all during this very difficult loss. Stan and Kitty Black

  • Dear Laurie & family,
    So sorry to hear about Steve’s passing.
    I will always remember our times fishing on the Clear Fork River.
    Thoughts & prayers,
    Bill & Jennifer Kempton

  • Thinking of all of you, so sorry for your great loss of Steve… husband, father, grandfather, and brother, and sending prayers to help you through.

  • Leedy family. Great guy ,great friend ,great teammate ,gentle but deliberate lifelong friend may he rest in piece. Ken Hollar

  • To the entire Leedy family,
    Words cannot express our sadness at the loss of Steve. He was a respected colleague, and a caring friend. There won’t be a time when I go golfing on Wednesday morning, or when we go out to pick raspberries from the plants he gave us, that we won’t remember him. He was a fine man, a gentle man, and he will be missed.
    Mark and Colleen Roseberry

  • I am so very sorry for your loss. Many memories of the old middle school and golf trips. I enjoyed all the memories and all the times that I knew Steve. God gave us the gift of memories. Steve will not be forgotten as he touched many many lives over the year . I will always remember the good times. With deepest sympathy Marcia Baer

  • I am so very sorry for your loss. Many memories of the old middle school and golf trips. I enjoyed all the memories and all the times that I knew Steve. God gave us the gift of memories. Steve will not be forgotten as he touched many many lives over the year . I will always remember the good times. With deepest sympathy

  • Dear Leedy Family,

    I am so sorry to learn of Mr. Leedy’s passing. I had him in 8th grade science and he was one of my favorite, most memorable teachers ever.

    May God help you find comfort and peace during this difficult time.

    Sincerely and with much love,
    Cynthia (Grady) Campos

  • Dear Leedy Family,
    Please accept my deepest condolences in the passing of Mr. Leedy. I always enjoyed his science classes while I was a student at Ontario High School. He was definitely integral in my love of science and eventually the health field.

    May you be comforted with positive memories and support at this time.

    Amanda (White) Zimmerman
    OHS Class of 1998

  • My thoughts and prayers go out to the family, in this difficult time. I have many wonderful memories growing up and playing baseball with Steve, with his dad coaching. Steve was a kind and humble man but a fierce competitor on the sports field. All of us in our graduating class of 1967 will truly miss Steve, may he rest in piece.

  • Dear Leedy Family,
    I just learned of your loss today, As I don’t get the news papers any more. So sorry I missed the memorial at Leedy Park. Please know that I don’t know anyone that didn’t respect this gentle giant. Such a special Man and caring for everyone. He will be so missed in the Leedy Family. My Prayers and Love to you all in your time of sorrow.

  • The Steve Leedy family
    I am so sorry for your loss. Steve was such a great man always so nice. My thoughts and prayers for his family during this sad time.

  • To the Leedy family:

    When we moved to Lexington in 1977 Steve and Frank Lay were our neighbors across the street. Steve was a wonderful teacher and coach, but even a far greater person. God must have a job for him in Heaven. Our condolences to all of you.

    Denny and Sharon Rose
    Bellville, OH

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