Steve Arnold

October 02, 1959 ‒ May 26, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Hard work, coupled with kindness, was the formula for Steve Arnold’s success.  A carpenter by trade, Steve was creative with his rough, scarred hands.  Those same hands were used to support family and friends…as well as to hold those closest to him.  His worn hands finally at rest, Steven C.  Arnold passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2020 in OhioHealth Hospital, his wife at his side, following a courageous battle with lung cancer.  He was 60.

The son of Herb and Geri (King) Arnold, Steve was born October 2, 1959 in Mansfield and graduated from Madison High School in 1978.  Upon graduating, Steve served in the Army as a combat engineer.  He was honorably discharged in 1981.

Steve worked alongside his father in residential construction.  They were home builders.  He loved working with his hands, constructing smaller decorative pieces as well.  For the past 10 years, Steve enjoyed working for Lexington Schools.

In his younger years, Steve enjoyed scuba diving with friends.   He appreciated simplicity in life.  Recently he developed a love of reading.   It really didn’t matter the genre, Steve just enjoyed a good story.  He also appreciated the beauty of the countryside, often driving for hours on secluded country roads in his pickup truck.  That is where he found peace.

He and his loving wife, Diane, looked forward to their semiannual trips to the Outer Banks.  He loved sharing life with her.  Steve maintained a sense of humor even in the midst of the physical struggles endured from cancer.  On his worst days, Steve could still find a way to laugh and joke.  Recently when asked if he was scared of dying, he simply replied that he was only scared of what he was going to miss here in this life.

Steve is survived by his devoted wife, Diane Arnold; son Nick Arnold; step sons Bryan, Scott, and Steve Gifford and Jacob Henderson; grandchildren Kiersten, Ethan, Jasmine, and Ashton; sister Debra (Ken) Brenner, brother Randy Arnold; along with nieces, a nephew, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Steve’s family will receive friends Friday, May 29, 2020 from 4-7pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home.  Reduced occupancy limits will be observed.  The funeral home staff appreciates your understanding.  Private funeral services will be held on Saturday.  Pastor Robert Kurtz will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Tunnels to Towers Foundation.


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  • Randy and Deb and family: My sincere sympathies with the loss of your little brother, Steve. I am sure that Geri and Herb have welcomed him into Heaven. A good life, cut short❣️

  • Our deepest condolences to the family. Whenever I saw Steve he always gave me a hug. He was such a sweet soul and my family loved him. Rest in Heaven Steve. You and Hank have some catching up to do.

  • Our deepest sympathies to your family. Steve always had a smile and kind words. As a substitute teacher and parent of three Lexington graduates our paths would cross his many times over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • I used to see Steve several times a week at the high school. Every time I saw him I told him he was the hardest working man in Lexington. What a great guy. So sorry to hear this. My sincere condolences to his family.

  • Nick, Deb, Randy & Family: Heartfelt sympathy to you all. Praying that the Lord gives you peace in the days to come, and that your good memories sustain you.

  • Steve marched to the beat of his own drum. He wasn’t out to impress the world with anything other than himself, hard work and loyalty. I Didn’t really like him when he first met my mom, he was the stepdad coming around and I judged him a little to hard at first. Probably being protective of my mother- but over time, Hearing about him go to my Gramps house to shovel the 20-yard driveway with 3-4 ft of snow, or clean a drain for a neighbor, put a roof on for a friend, but most importantly to me- he loved my mom and kept her safe. I loved the fact that he opened up a little to me over the last year or about his time in the Army, younger days and just messing around with him. He definatley earned my respect- and it was tough. He didn’t have to do that. He didn’t have to suffer in silence the last 4 months- and not complain about one thing- but he did, even though Mom was there. He didn’t want her to worry one extra bit and that I will respect to the day I go to my grave. He might have been small in size but he was a warrior to the end.

    Semper Fidelis my friend~ We will see you again and Iook forward to seeing the Mansion you are building for you and Mom!

    Steven G.

  • I am very sorry for your loss. While I didn’t know Steve well, I could tell you that he was always so friendly, a great person, and a good role model. He was someone we all knew would be at the school with a smile and a greeting for everyone. Each time the cheerleaders and basketball players came back from an away game and Steve was at the school he made sure to ask how the game went and he would always congratulate all of the kids no matter if it was a win or loss he would tell them they would get it next time. Some of them really needed to hear this. The kindness that he showed is really what many of these kids needed. Sending prayers for comfort to his family.

  • I am so sorry to hear this. I only got to know him last year through coaching. He was such a kind person and always had a smile on his face. I’m truly sorry for your loss.

  • We are so sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. We always enjoyed talking with him, when he stopped to get his truck fixed.
    Our deepest condolences to the family.

  • Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Arnold Family during this difficult time. Steve not only built homes, but he built friendship that will last longer then homes.

  • Randy and Deb and families: So sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. May God grant you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  • Old stories and always smiling when he seen me. He was one of the last true Americans. Never got into the new technology, he kept it old school and to his chest. His stories of Germany and all over Europe was fascinating. He would tell me almost anything, I truly felt I was a good friend to him. He always lent a hand to anyone. Not only have I lost a co worker, but a great friend that I always will miss.

  • Sincere Sympathies to you and your family. I’m so very very sorry. As a parent of 2 Lexington graduates our paths crossed many times over the years with Steve.
    He always had a smile, always! He was kind and so very helpful with any projects that I was involved with at the school. He will truly be missed. Love & Prayers to you and your family. ♥️🙏
    The Vore Family
    Teresa, Ed, Joey & Ben

  • I’m really sorry to hear about Steve’s passing. He was one of my best friends growing up. We went to woodville and Madison south together and I spent numerous nights at his house on Hanley Rd. RIP steve

  • I’m truly saddened by Steve’s passing. I went to school with Steve ever since 3rd grade. Despite me moving to Phoenix in 1985, it was nice to see and char with him at class reunions. I always remember him being a very nice kind person. May God bless his family through this time. RIP Steve…

  • I was so sorry to hear about Steve’s passing. He was always so kind, with a warm smile. I always enjoyed catching up with him in the evening s as he worked to make school events enjoyable for everyone. Rest In Peace Steve. You will be missed.

  • Sending heartfelt condolences to Steve’s family… We went to school together and were friends since first grade. He was ALWAYS a nice person, gentle and kind. I remember going to a 6th grade party at his house and ice skating on the pond in the back. My skate lace was so knotted and frozen that we couldn’t get it off. As everyone returned to the house we had to climb over an electric fence and the skate blade touched a wire and gave me quite a shock! Steve was so sweet and concerned, helping me back and making sure I was okay. I’m grateful to have known him.


  • Deb and Randy so sorry to hear Steve has passed away. Cherish the memories and know that Steve is feeling better. Sending prayers your way.

  • My heart goes out to the family and friends, My deepest condolences to the family, prayers for all. Hugs to all.

  • I remember Steve from High School. Really nice quiet guy. He drove a pickup truck back then and had rough hands even then. Blessings to his family and many prayers .

  • Diane, I am so sorry for your loss. If you ever need anything please let me know.

  • Many great memories from my time with Steve from Junior High. We hosted a few parties at his parents house on Hanley rd. and spent many friday nights there. Steve was always very kind as was his family. He will be missed.

  • Deb and randy so sorry for your loss steve was a very sweet guy im sure everyone will miss him hugs and prayers for you!

  • Diane, I am saddened to hear of Steve’s passing. I am grieving for you and yours. Always one with a quick wit and smile, he will be missed. I did by chance, run into Steve not too long ago at one of the building supply stores a few months ago And it was great to see him. I always enjoyed seeing him at the school when I would mosey down to their office in ‘B’ building…we will all miss him.

  • I would like to give my condolences to Steve’s family, friends and customers over the years. I remember Steve as such a sweet and rather shy young man. Last 2 times I had the opportunity to see him was; at our 20th class reunion for our class of 78 at Madison. Talked a lot with him and my sister went and we all reminisced. The last time was when I went into the Circle K on Lex Springmill last year as I recall. We noticed each other and shared a brief conversation. He still seemed quiet and was very soft spoken and kind. Beautiful hair; very lucky for a man at our age.

    I will always have fond memories of Steve and am so thankful to God for him being a part of my life on Earth.

    Rest in Peace, Steve – With love and admiration – Jessica Kline-Faulkner

  • My sympathy for Steve’s passing. I always enjoyed chatting with him when he frequented Bucks in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. Always a friendly hello seeing him at the high school

  • Doug & I met Steve when we moved to Lexington. He was actually the first person we met. We were new to the area & didn’t know anyone. He was so friendly & helped us in too many ways to count. When our beloved dog could no longer walk due to bone cancer, he came & helped us lift him into the van to take to the vet. Jay Dee weighed 95 lbs. We lived there 12 years & he helped us move. Sadly, we did not keep in touch. We regret that. Condolences to his family. He had such a good heart!

  • Randy and Deb So sorry for your loss always had a good time with Steve.our condolences .Dean Sue Smith

  • RIP Steve… you will be missed by many. Prayers for Diane and all of your family.

  • Oh I am so sorry for your loss.
    Steve was like a brother to me growing up. My brother Tom and Steve let me tag along in all their adventures. I would go to the house and fish throughout the years and get to catch up. He truly will be missed. Praying peace and comfort over you all. God bless.

  • Deb and Randy, So sorry to hear about Steve. We had the best time ever growing up next to you. Steve was like another brother to the Garrett family. Sadly My younger brother Tom passed away 2 years ago at 57. Too young too soon. I feel really blessed to have gotten to grow up with Steve. He was always gentle and kind. Diane you were a very lucky lady. Blessings to your family. I’m now living in florida.