Stephen R. Wreede

May 31, 1954 ‒ September 03, 2019

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day – and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” (2 Tim 4:7&8)

Now at home with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Stephen R. Wreede passed from this earthly home September 3, 2019 in Ohio Health Mansfield Hospital.  He was 65.

He was born May 31, 1954 in Lima to Edison and Nancy (Kneriem) Wreede and graduated from Celina Senior High School and earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Ohio Northern University.

Steve had a distinguished career as a network engineer working for Tampa Electric, United Telephone, Sprint, and Spectrum.  There, he solved countless network issues and provided support and mentoring to many sales professionals and engineers.

He loved to spend time with his beloved Rosie, wife of 36 years.  He took a special pride in his grandsons Lincoln and Graham.  He enjoyed classic rock music like the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton, and has an extensive vinyl collection.

Steve loved water skiing, near Tampa Bay, Pleasant Hill Lake and Apple Valley, and especially appreciated the calm waters of the early morning.  He could talk cars for hours with anyone and took several driving trips to the Tail of the Dragon with his son Matthew.

He attended Berean Baptist Church, where he was part of the Men’s Bible Study.  Stephen lived his faith daily with his generous spirit and loving heart.

He is survived by his wife Rosemary of Mansfield, children and their spouses Matt and Shannon Wreede and Megan and Chad Hanke all of Columbus; two grandsons, Lincoln and Graham Hanke; siblings Jon and Christy Wreede of Anna, Susie and John Hines of Cedar Falls, IA, and Paul and Lori Wreede of Litchfield, MN.; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law Susan and Stan Harer of Mansfield along with many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Private family funeral services were held at the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home.

Memorial donations in memory of Steve may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in care of Snyder Funeral Home, P.O. Box 3085, Mansfield, Ohio 44904.

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  • Susi, you are in our thoughts and prayers as you mourn the loss of your brother. May your wonderful memories of your life together as children and beyond be a huge comfort to you.

  • So very sorry to all of your family. We have such fond memories of the entire family in Celina Ohio and your struggle with diabetes – such loving care from your mother. God be with all of you.

  • My thoughts and prayers for the entire Wreede family. I remember the Christmas dinners at ur mom & dads house in Celina. Ray, Carla & myself always had a good time when dad brought us . Playing with all of our Wreede cousins. Remember all of ur memories. They will help u get through. Much love to the family. Liz (Ray Sr. Daughter ).

  • We are sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. He was a kind and gentle man and will be surely missed. Steve had such a long battle with Type ONE Diabetes and, the constant care was shared by his sweet wife, Rosie. What a team! Now , Steve is completely healthy and in Gods care and for that we are thankful.
    Until we meet again…..

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Steve a couple of times through the years, and he was a man of great kindness, integrity, and ability that I have so much respect for. Your family will be in our prayers.

  • God’s comfort to All your family. He is holding Steven in His loving arms. I fondly remember all the Wreede clan while living in Celina Brenda Dieringer VanTilburg

  • I am sorry for your loss, Steve will be deeply missed. Steve was always willing to help me at Sprint with things he was an expert on. He was a good man and I alwsys enjoyed being with him. Your family is in our prayers.

    John & Chris Morton

  • I had the pleasure of working with Steve at the phone company. My condolences to the family. May he RIP. 🙏🏻🙏🏻

  • So saddened to hear the loss of Steve of Steve. I know his family will feel his absence with much sadness, as will his United/Sprint family.
    Steve was often part of the lunch table at the GO. I especially enjoyed those days and the lively conversations.
    Condolences to Steve’s family.

  • We just heard of Steve’s passing. Don and I are so very upset by this news. Our heartfelt sympathy to his entire family. Steve was α very special man and he will live on fondly in our memories.

  • My deepest sympathy to Steve’s fsmily. I worked with Steve at United Tel. I had the opportunity to share a few words with him on LinkedIn about 5 mths ago. He told me he had retired. He was a great co-worker and well like by all. Prayers of comfort for all his family and friends.

  • Steve was such a sweetheart and a great coworker at United Telephone. My heartfelt condolences to his family.