Steven D. Shoenfelt

September 07, 1959 ‒ November 03, 2018

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: Steve Shoenfelt was all about experiencing life to the fullest.  Front row seats at Bruce Springsteen concerts, dining at five star restaurants and ordering the most unique item on the menu, or spending the entire week at music festivals, Steve embraced those life experiences.  More than making great memories, Steve was passionate in cultivating lifelong friendships.  A natural encourager he chose to see the potential in others instead of their imperfections.   Steven D. Shoenfelt, 59, of Lexington passed away unexpectedly Saturday, November 3, 2018 in Virginia.

The son of Jim and Nancy (Arnold) Shoenfelt, Steve was born September 7, 1959 in Mansfield.  He graduated from Ontario High School in 1977 where he was a member of the swim team and also played saxophone in the marching band. Steve graduated from Miami University with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing.  He continued his education at Ashland University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Education.  More recently Steve acquired his associate’s degree in nursing from North Central State College and was currently enrolled in the nursing program at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.  Steve currently worked at OhioHealth Hospital Mansfield as a nurse.

Steve’s passion for swimming and people, made him a truly great swim coach.  Demanding, Steve held the line when it came to discipline and respect but he was always supportive of his swimmers.  In 1986 Steve founded the Mansfield Waves Swim Team where he coached roughly 150 kids each year.   Steve had also coached for Hudson High School, the Dublin Community Center, Massillon Perry High School, Clear Fork Swim Club and most recently was the head swim coach for Mansfield Senior High School.

Steve’s music collection was massive.  He loved all genres, especially experiencing live performances.  If Steve was going to a concert, he was usually near the stage.  From Bruce Springsteen to 21 Pilots, Steve’s vast CD and vinyl collection was ever expanding.

He truly enjoyed food and appreciated not only the taste, but the presentation of a well thought dish.  When dining out he’d try something different, just for the experience.  He enjoyed cooking and wasn’t afraid to tackle a home cooked gourmet meal.

Steve had a way with words and understood the value of encouraging others.  He’d often take the time to write uplifting letters to family and friends.

Steve is survived by his parents Jim and Nancy Shoenfelt of Lexington; sister Dee (David) Johnson of Hamilton; niece Sarah Johnson and nephew Jack Johnson; aunts and uncle Jane (Phil) Plummer, Janet Griffeth, Marilyn Arnold, Linda Black, Peggy Shoenfelt, and Vilena Shoenfelt; special cousin Melinda (Gary) Buenemann; along with numerous cousins, extended family and a large circle of close friends.

A memorial service celebrating the life of Steven D. Shoenfelt will be held at 4 pm, Saturday, November 24, 2018 at Deer Ridge Golf Club, 900 Comfort Plaza Drive, Bellville, Ohio 44813 where a reception will follow until 7 pm.  Celebrant Dave Roberts will speak.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Steve Shoenfelt Memorial Fund (a scholarship fund established for area swimmers) may be made through the funeral home.

The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is serving the Shoenfelt and online condolences to them may be made by

  • Steve was a good friend and coworker. He had a fantastic sense of humor and we had a lot of laughs. We will miss him greatly.

  • The community has lost a marvelous man. He will be remembered by a multitude of friends, students, associates and lately, patients. Steve departed far too early.

  • Will miss him so much…the ONLY swim coach who EVER understood me(and ive had a lot)…he and I had an understanding and we will eternally….the last time I saw steve he came to see my band play …drove from Columbus to Akron in a blizzard!…he was not going to miss that show..and he sure didn’ u Steve

  • Steve coached our daughter at Walnut Hills and years later, he coached her children. He was gifted in giving kids confidence. He will be missed by all whose lives he touched.

  • So sorry to hear of Steve’s passing and extending my sympathies to the family.
    Rest in peace Foggy.

    Mike Richard, Ontario Swim Team 1977

  • Steve was always friendly, lent a helping hand and just had a look of how much he enjoyed life. ….. Was very sad to hear this. He will be missed by many I’m sure.

  • Nancy and Jim, I am so sorry to hear about Steve. I can’t imagine the loss you feel. Remembering the good times is the only way I find to get though times like this. Love you both and prayers for you and the whole family.
    Love you

  • Nancy and jim, so sorry for your loss. Remember him growing up during the years we worked together. And his passion for adventure and the water. Prayers to your family and friends

  • Nancy, so sorry to hear about your loss. Prayers for God to give you and your family strength and comfort during this horrific time. You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • I will never forget Steve! So many great times shared in band and on swim team! Great friends are hard to find and my life will be forever blessed by having him in it! Heaven gained a true angel! Rest In Peace Foggy!

  • Nancy,

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I know you are devastated. There really are no words. Love you!

  • All of the Shoenfelt family I am so sorry to hear about Steve’s passing. We had such fun summer swim meets and summer fun at the pool on Ferguson Rd. May God grant you peace and strength.
    Tonya Reppart Flanegan

  • Nancy, Jim and family,
    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. May God give you comfort and peace during this difficult time. Prayers for your family.

  • I just heard about your loss…I can’t imagine your heartache. I love you and pray for you and your family at this difficult time.

  • So sorry for your loss. I had spent a lot of time with Steve during his “band years.” Cindy Tadder Conti

  • Sincere sympathy to your family. Steve was a great friend ! Our family will be forever grateful for his excellent coaching, the life lessons and the care he showed to my son and daughter. We were truly blessed to have had him a part of our lives for many years. May God give you strength during this very difficult time. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Gary and Ronda Stone

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I had Steve has a swim coach when I swam with GCSTO in Ontario. He was one of the best swim coaches I ever had. He believed in me when I didn’t even believe in myself. I will always remember him for pushing me to do my best and for his genuine and light-hearted personality. The last time I saw him was at my last high school meet. I wish I would had talked to him more then. Prayers to all of you.

  • So sorry for your loss. May God give you comfort & peace during this difficult time.
    Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family.

    Ed and Janet Crowl

  • Nancy so sorry to hear about your son passing, I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Love you Nancy

  • The President, the Faculty and Staff of Mount Vernon Nazarene University is saddened to hear of Steven’as loss. He will be missed by his classmates and all his friends here at MVNU. We offer our deepest sympathy to Steven’s family and friends; he will be missed by everyone who knew him.

    Jim Dorough, D.Min.
    Graduate and Professional Studies Chaplain
    Mount Vernon Nazarene University

  • Jim, Nancy and family,
    We only knew Steve as a child, but have been reading what a special man he was. We don’t have the words to express how sorry we were to hear of his passing. Please know that our thoughts are with you at this immeasurably sad time.

    Richard and Dianne