Steve Deel

June 02, 1957 ‒ April 19, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio

LEXINGTON: Steve Deel, 59, of Lexington passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2017 in Ohio Health Mansfield Hospital.

The son of Donald and Leanor (Meadows) Deel, Steve was born June 2, 1957 in Mt. Gilead and graduated from Clear Fork High School.  Steve served in the Army and was honorably discharged March 5, 1976.  He was a life member of the AmVets Post #43 in Bellville.

Steve worked as an electrician.  He enjoyed hunting and throwing horseshoes and darts.

A man’s man, Steve was confident, often speaking his mind.  Even though many viewed him as stern and tough, those closest to him knew he really had a softer side.

He is survived by his wife Donna Deel of Lexington; mother Leanor “Peggy” Deel of Johnsville; son Donnie (Mallory) Deel of Milford, Michigan; step children Valerie Sweeney of Ontario, Hilary Justice and her boyfriend Nathan Reed both of Lexington, Jeremy (Tia) Justice of Louisiana, and Leighann (Derik) Ryan of Arkansas; grandchildren Maya, Mitchell, Max, Ezrin, Damion, Derik, and Dallas; half sister Sharon Martin and half brother Bob Coffin.

He was preceded in death by his father.

The Deel family will receive friends Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 1-4 pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home where funeral services will begin at 4 pm.  Celebrant Jerry Wilson will officiate.  Military honors performed by the American Legion Post # 535 will be held on the funeral home grounds.

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  • I wanted to express my heartfelt condolences to the Deel family. There’s such a sense of helplessness when someone we love dies. I’d like to share some scriptural thoughts that really helps me. Prayer is so valuable at this time but it’s not that prayer simply makes us feel better. 2 Cor.4:7 says that God can give us, “… power beyond what is normal “, to go from one day to the next. This does not mean that we no longer cry or that we forget, but it means we recover. The reason we recover is because of our hope. Jesus Christ talked about our hope in John 5:28, “… all those in the memorial tomb will hear his voice and come out “. Jesus was referring to the resurrection, this is our hope that helps us recover and gives us power to go on. 2 Cor.1:3 describes our Creator as, “… the God of all comfort “. One way that God comforts us is by moving people who care about us to give us words of encouragement that we need to hear. May the God of comfort (Ps.83:18) be your comfort now during this time of sorrow.

  • I am so sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. I am an ex step sister. We had a lot of good times many years ago as kids. I saw him occasionally when I worked at Walmart. He was always so kind to stop and talk, remembering our times together. My prayers are with you all. May God bless you and may he bring you peace. Rest in Peace Steve.

    Debbie Dotson Waltz

    • Am filled with regret of my brother’s death. Oftentimes, you feel someone is their own worst enemy. Praying
      for family in their
      loss. May the peace
      of Christ be with you all.

      His Sister,

  • Sorry to hear of Steve passing. I am Steve step sister. Don and my mom where married for around 8 years. I remember Steve being a little stubborn when they moved in with us in Butler, he had a hard time adjusting to 6 brothers and sisters when he got thrown in to the Dotson clan of kids. We had our good time and of course there were bad times. RIP Steve. May God wateh over Steve family.

  • Sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. I meet him thru the Dotson family. He was a great person who grew up on a rough road. Rest in peace.