Stephen H. Doenges

May 25, 1950 ‒ October 01, 2020

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Stephen H. Doenges, age 70, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, October 1, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Steve was born to William and Frances Doenges on May 25, 1950 in Hamilton, Ohio.  He graduated from Hamilton Taft High School and received degrees in math education and music from Olivet Nazarene College.  He married his college sweetheart, Karen Grace Kreider, in 1972.  The family moved to Mount Vernon, Ohio in 1978 where Steve joined the staff of Mount Vernon Nazarene College as the director of administrative computing.  He served at what became Mount Vernon Nazarene University for 33 years, retiring in 2011.

The most important things for Steve were being a good husband, father, and grandfather.  He deeply loved his wife, and especially enjoyed their trike rides and travels together after retirement.  He guided children into adulthood, supporting them on their various paths of life.  He loved being “Papa”, having tea parties and playing in the stick house with his grandchildren.  He also enjoyed woodworking, gardening, kayaking, and playing the trombone.

Throughout his life, Steve quietly and faithfully ministered the love of Jesus Christ by investing in the lives of others.  He was not just a boss, but also a mentor to his employees.  He went on mission trips to Nicaragua, Trinidad, and China.  As a member of Lakeholm Church of the Nazarene, he served as teen Bible quizzing coach and Sunday school teacher for preschool children.  He was instrumental in growing the Escape Zone, an outreach to the youth of Mount Vernon.  We may never know how many lives that he influenced.

Steve is survived by his wife Karen (Kreider) Doenges; children, Stephanie (Andrew) Diehlmann of Sunray, Texas, Ami (Darren) Workman of Mount Vernon and Aaron (Bryan Currie) Doenges of Nashville, Tennessee; two grandchildren, Grayson and Emmilyn Workman; siblings, John (Mariellen) Doenges, James (Carol) Doenges and Ruth (Louis) Qussar; and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may call on Monday, October 5, 2020 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Schnormeier Event Center at Foundation Park.  The family requests that visitors wear face masks and social distance.  There will be a private service for family and burial in Mound View Cemetery.

The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Stephen H. Doenges.

Memorial contributions in Stephen’s name may be made to the Lakeholm Church of the Nazarene in support of The Well Health Center (Cactus, Texas) or Escape Zone.  Visit


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  • Even though I cannot be there in person my heart and prayers will be with you and your family. Steve will always be in our hearts ♥️

    • Thank you Patsy. Special memories of our times together. Loved him so much and will sure miss him but thankful he is with the Lord.

  • God’s richest blessing to Karen and the family. Steve was a good man and a respected colleague at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. He will be missed but we rejoice in his home going wherev he will be with his heavenly father through eternity.

  • It was my pleasure to work with Steve for over 25 years in software development. Half of that time he was a customer and I was just a young software developer for CARS (College Admin Resource System) Information Systems. We shared a strong Nazarene connection. He was a customer advocate for the school and the rest of the CARS schools. Some of those earlier days were difficult, but Steve never lost his cool and would always look for a way forward. The second half of our time, I was on the customer side and at a Nazarene school as well. Steve was the individual most instrumental in bringing our Nazarene colleges and universities together for annual IT meetings to share what we were doing and were we were wanting to go. We took a number of years considering the value of bringing all of our Nazarene universities into a single software solution and I credit Steve for the majority of that effort. On multiple occasions throughout the years, he would say “What we are doing right now is historical.” He was wonderful at communicating value to our efforts. We also shared staff to implement software that had been written and deployed at our own schools. I had the pleasure of working on Mount Vernon campus for a week or so at different times. He sent his staff to help us at PLNU as well. I think that sharing stopped when I sent his staff member (Brent Midcap) home with a horrid sunburn and blistering feet. Beyond work – Steve’s faith was central to who he was and family was a source of pride and a reason to pray through the different seasons of life. While we were colleagues, he exemplied the heart of a loving father and husband to me. I am sadden by his passing, but greatful to call him friend.

    • Thank you Ken. It was one of his passionate desires to have the schools work together. You IT colleagues were like family.

  • Although we share in your deep sadness,we also celebrate a life well lived and one that was full of the love of his family. Our thoughts are with you. We wish you strength. Sending our love and our support to all of you.

    • I will miss him so much 😔. But am blessed by the memories. He loved our Massachusetts family.💕

  • Our hearts are warmed by the lovely video compilation – but even more so, the life well lived by our dear friend Steve. We have a lot of memories (of Steve) and will hold them dear to our hearts. I will always cherish the quiet moments talking with him, sharing about our families and parenting, plus, serving the students together at MVNU. Steve had a smile that I will never forget. I loved seeing him wearing his wicker hat, working in his yard and waving to us as we walked past their home on Martinsburg Road. Oh the places God takes us and the people he puts in our path. I am a changed man for knowing Steve for the 17 years we were coworkers. Much love and prayers to Karen, Stephanie, Ami, Aaron and the rest of the family.

  • Steve was a wonderful example of a gentle, strong man of God. He was always supportive of my work and ministry, always quick to share a smile and kind word. After all these many years I am grateful for the impact he had on me. I am sure heaven is rejoicing at the end of a very faithful journey. Doris and I pray God’s great peace on Karen and the family.

  • It’s hard to find words for what Steve and your family have meant to us. When I came to Lakeholm as the youth pastor and had the opportunity to work with Steve and the team he had assembled to oversee teen Bible Quizzing, I was in awe of his leadership and influence on the students. “Soli Deo Gloria” was the theme and Steve modeled that in every thing he did. He had a powerful influence on my family and even, along with Karen, invited our oldest son Andrew to live with them during his senior year of high school as we transitioned to a new assignment. Steve modeled servant leadership in all he did. He will be missed dearly.

  • I met Steve decades ago while implementing a student information system at what was then Mt. Vernon Nazarene College. As a project manager I always liked to think that the success of these implementations was on the shoulders of folks like me. Not so! My success at MVNC was due most of all to the unflappable Steve Doenges, quietly working with all the relevant parties to make it happen. Quiet and efficient. I will be forever grateful for what then turned out to be a life-long friendship.
    My fondest memory of Steve was a call he made to me this past summer on a Saturday night. We wound up talking for well over an hour. As I told him, guys do not do this kind of thing (that is, talking for an hour or more, baring our souls). Women do that, we do not! But he told me about the people who meant the most in his life. Karen, Stephanie, Ami and Aaron. He was so proud of all of them. And I know they are blessed indeed! He shared some hiccups with me but his faith in Jesus saw him through. And he was growing, to the end.
    I will miss you Steve.

  • It was a privilege to work with Steve. He had such a heart for people. Scattered all over the country today are those who still consider him the best boss they ever had. Janine and I were granted a wonderful visit in June where Steve showed me “God’s Greenhouse”. In an area where he let nature grow undisturbed were a variety of saplings that he was so proud of. Though he knew his time with us was growing short, he celebrated new life that will outlive all of us. He lived out what he believed. People left a conversation with him encouraged and much better off.

    Our hearts are with you, Karen, and your beautiful family. And there are the countless lives, young and old that he impacted, all of whom long for one more conversation. We grieve with them.

    Well done thou good and faithful servant.

  • Fall 1968 found me as a freshman at Olivet Nazarene College, and Steve was one of the first people I met. He was my roommate, sharing a corner room on the 3rd floor of Chapman Hall. So many good memories. Steve quickly became a good friend and a great support as our college adventure unfolded. Steve was kind, quiet, thoughtful, funny, steady, a devoted Christ-follower. And I think all of that only got better. May God’s peace cover you, Karen.

  • Dear Karen,

    Lee and I are sharing in your grief as you experience this time of great loss in the passing of Steve. We have many fond memories of the days we shared together at Olivet. You and your precious family will be in our many thoughts and prayers in the days ahead. You were blessed to share your life and your love for the Lord with such a kind, caring man. Hugging you right now.

    Our love,
    Marilyn and Lee

  • Dear Karen,
    Russ and I were saying just how much we enjoyed our visit with the two of you when you spent the night. We think it was at the beginning of the year. We are so very grateful for all our wonderful memories together, trips between Bethel and Olivet, our weddings, the birth of our kids and grandkids, etc.
    There is no quick and easy way through this time. Grief has no shortcuts. But God has promised to be with you, always. He will walk with you, day by day, and moment by moment. Steve is now safe in the Fathers’ arms and He holds you and your precious family.
    Although neither Russ or I will be there in person (watch for a text) our hearts will be with you and we are sending you big hugs.
    We love you all,
    Nadine & Russ

  • I’ll always remember Steve as my most favorite boss – first as a student worker at MVNC/MVNU, then as the first of my professional IT career. Steve was kind and caring, compassionate, an excellent mentor, a strong Christian, and had a subtle sense of humor I loved so much. I still remember when he said, “Well, it’s almost the end of January, and February only has 28 days, so it’s almost March.” I don’t believe that I ever saw him upset or frustrated. He was always easy to talk to and had such patience and understanding, including the time I accidentally sent emails to all alumni telling them who their advisor was. I left MVNU 12 years ago but have always continued to think fondly of him. He was the reason it was most difficult to leave, and I’m heartbroken to hear of his loss. I’m so sorry, Karen. I pray God will give you peace and comfort until you can see him again. May you always treasure the memories of your life with this wonderful man.

  • As far back as I can remember, “Stevie” Doenges has been in my life through our early days at Millville Avenue Church of the Nazarene in Hamilton where my dad was pastor and his dad and mother were pillar members. He was “Mr. Nazarene” and our family has been blessed by his exemplary life.

  • I just heard of Steve’s passing. So sorry for your loss. It’s been awhile since out time at Olivet, but we shared some good tines there in the math assistant’s room and even in some of those math classes. Even after ONU, we kept in touch and I am so glad we did. If any regrets, it is that we didn’t get together more often. Prayers are with you and your family.

    • Thank you so much John. We have fond memories of our times with you and Jeanie. I know that she went way too soon also.

  • Karen
    I am out of town today or I would be expressing these thoughts in person to you and the kids this afternoon.
    You know your husband was a special man. He walked faithfully with God. I remember most that twinkle he’d get in his eye as he looked at me who was exasperated and confused. That twinkle told me so much and always gave me confidence a solution (or a sarcastic comment….. and most often, both) would be forthcoming.
    I so enjoyed being around him and learned many lessons about patience…. and faith.

  • I am sorry for your loss, Karen. I pray the Lord’s strength and comfort upon you, and the rest, trust, and faith which can only come through Him, both today and in the days ahead. You are loved.

  • Steve is a special person, and one of the most caring men I have ever known. I was nervous during my first experience at the Escape Zone, but Steve’s calm and caring support turned everyone into a friend and companion. He is a role model for sharing Christ with everyone by the way he lived. Karen, we are praying for you and your family, and we are rejoicing with Steve.

  • We moved to MV in 2011, the same year Steve retired from MVNU. Our dealings with him were limited, but we were aware that he was a very good man. He touched many lives @ MVNU, especially those in the IT department. We will miss seeing him around town, walking on the MVNU campus, and mowing his spacious lawn. We envision him walking with the Lord now and probably on a rider mower at his mansion in Heaven. May the Lord lift up the entire Doenges family during this difficult time.

  • I met Steve 8 years ago when I started to attend The Escape Zone. Throughout these past 8 years, I got to know Steve. I got to know how loving, how caring and how BLESSED he is. Us kids at The Escape Zone called Steve , “Grandpa” or “Grandpa Steve “. People think we called him that because he was older. NO. We called him that because we looked up to Steve, he always watched over us and cared for us. EVERY child who walked in and out of those doors, he cared for. That what was so amazing about Steve. He will be GREATLY missed. Everyone who knew him, loved him SO much ♡

    • Thank you so much Trenton! He truly loved the Escape Zone and all the kids. He loved being called Grandpa Steve.

  • Dear Karen and family-

    I watched the entire memory presentation. It properly illustrated Steve as a man of God who knew and LIVED out his faith. Over the years, Steve and I had to deal with high pressure challenges — I was able to see him in person deal with those challenges while remaining calm, steady, and Christlike.

    I count it a privilege that I knew him during those years.

    Praying for you and your family-


  • I still remember the the day vividly. I had a very difficult day at MVNU and I needed someone. So I went to see Steve. He listened and encouraged, then told me he was going kayaking the next afternoon and asked if I wanted to come along. I agreed and we had a delightful and therapeutic time on the Kokosing. During that float, I realized that Steve really didn’t have the trip scheduled at all. It was simply his gift to me.

    Steve was my friend, an example of a life well lived. I will miss him.

    I’m sorry for your indescribable loss. May you find comfort in your time of need.

  • Alan and I could not be at the calling hours, but please know that we love you both and will miss Steve very much. He was a quiet and gentle soul. He always took an interest in my children and asked how they were doing and talked with them at length whenever he would run into them. I am so appreciative of that effort. His presence will be greatly missed. All of you are in our prayers.

    Much love,

  • When I remember Steve I recall:
    -a quiet thoughtful person
    -one who lived generously toward family and friends
    -a ready smile
    – an individual who was funny without wounding others

    Our condolences to the family who loved him so much, and whom he loved deeply.