Steven Duffey Beale

April 17, 1968 ‒ August 03, 2019

Galion, Ohio

Steven Duffey Beale, 51, passed away peacefully at the home of his parents, Elmore and Doris Beale of Galion, Ohio, August 3, 2019.

Steven was born in Galion on February 17, 1968 and graduated from Galion High School in 1986. He then enlisted in the Marine Corps and was stationed at Camp Lejeune, South Carolina for four years. He was in the 2nd Division Marine Band.

Steven then received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from The Ohio State University and a Master’s Degree in School Administration from the University of Dayton. A highlight of his college years was playing trombone in the OSU marching band. Most of his working career was spent as a teacher and an administrator in the Hilliard School District in Hilliard, Ohio.

On July 22, 1989 Steve married his former wife, Amy (Muehlbrad) Beale of Galion, Ohio and they had three sons: Alex, Jonah, and Braden who reside in Hilliard. He is also survived by his parents, Elmore and Doris of Galion; brothers, David (Jennifer) Beale of Powell, Ohio and Brian (Jamie) Beale of Springdale, Arkansas and several nieces and nephews.

A burial ceremony will be held for the immediate family at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Morrow County, Inc., 228 South Street, Mt. Gilead, Ohio 43338.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Steve Beale, and condolences may be made to them at


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  • So sorry to hear this. Steve was wonderful person and my family has lots of memories of him. My prayers go out to Doris and Elmore and their family.

  • Words cannot express how sorry I am to hear this. Your family has always had a very special place in my heart. I have so many happy memories of Steve and his fun-loving spirit and smile. He was an important part of my childhood and college years. Please know that I hold all of you in my heart and prayers.

  • Lifting up prayers for the Beale Family. Steve hires me at Avery Elementary in 2004 for which I’m forever grateful!

  • Elmore, Doris and family,
    We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • So very very sorry to hear this. Elmore and Doris, I remember when he was born and the joy there was. May your memories and your family bring you strength along with your faith immeasurable. Hugs.

  • Gary and I send our sincere sympathy to you, Doris and Elmore, as you go through this difficult time. Our prayers will be with you in the days ahead.

  • Steven will be missed by many for several reason. Peace and comfort to the family. May God’s blessing be upon all of you.

  • Amy , I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Steve. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Amy, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you and your boys at this difficult time.

  • Thoughts and prayers for your family at this difficult time. We had many fun and interesting times in band and at football games. Gone way to soon. Til we meet again Steve.

  • Dear Beale Family,
    Knowing your loss is being prayed for by many friends and family/community members of the Galion area, please know we lift your family in prayers and thoughts for the coming days. We thank you for lending Steve to the service of our Nation and the Marine Corps, and know this loss is too soon, but know God keeps you during this time too.

    Sorry to hear of this loss, and we do count it privilege to know your family and have known Steven on this side of Glory. God’s blessings and comfort to you all,
    The Kennedy Family

  • Steve will be forever missed! My thoughts go out to Amy, boys & entire family! So very sorry for your loss! Gone way too soon! I will forever remember the amazing memories with Steve as my principal – the man who hired me and made us laugh daily!

  • I worked with Steve for several years at Avery Elementary in Hilliard City School District . I was saddened to learn of his passing. Steve had an easy going way about him and a nice smile! I know this is a terrific loss for his sons, parents and other family members. I will remember you in my thoughts and prayers in the days ahead.

  • I worked with Steve for several years at Avery Elementary in The Hilliard City School District . I was saddened to learn of his passing. Steve had an easy going way about him and a nice smile! I know this is a terrific loss for his sons, parents and other family members. I will remember you in my thoughts and prayers in the days ahead.

  • I loved being a substitute in Steve’s classroom at Avery and then enjoyed substituting at Avery when he was the principal. He was so kind and helpful. My prayers are
    with all of you.

  • I had the privilege to serve in the U.S. Marines with Steve at the U.S. Naval School of Music and then again at Camp LeJeune. Heaven has a real guardian looking after us all now. God bless Steve’s family and friends during this difficult and sad time. Most of all God Bless you Steve! Semper Fi!

  • I did not serve with Steve. However, as a U.S. Marine Corps band officer, I offer condolences to a fellow Marine. Semper Fidelis warrior.

  • My thoughts and prayers go out to you Amy, your boys, and the entire family. Steve was my principal at Avery, and he was always such a nice man. He was always smiling and had a great sense of humor. Steve had a wonderful personality and was very likable. I always enjoyed working for him. May God grant all of you his grace and comfort you during this very difficult time.

  • Dear Elmore, Doris, Amy & family, my thoughts, prayers & love to you. Steve was a great friend and I will cherish our friendship and memories forever. I will always be grateful to Steve for introducing Christy to me and for being my best man in our wedding. Steve had a way of making me laugh harder than anybody with his wit & sense of humor. I was honored to be his friend and will miss him dearly. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Beale and Family,
    Please accept my heartfelt condolences for the loss of Steven. My high school memory of Steven, was that he was such a sweet and talented young man. May our Lord comfort you during this time of grief.
    In Christian Love,
    Charla Spayde (McCallister)

  • Our sincere condolences for your loss…prayers for your entire family as so many have been touched by your family’s gracious friendship and musical talents. Our gratitude for Steven’s service to our country. May peace be with you and be comforted by his loving memory.

  • My sincere condolences to Steven’s family. My memories of Steven were as a trombonist with the 2nd Marine Division Band low brass section. He was always quick with a smile and had a wonderful wit. He was an outstanding Marine. It’s good to know that heaven’s streets will be guarded by this United States Marine. Semper Fi Steven and RIP.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I did not really know Steven but he sounds like an outstanding man. I know that God had a place for him in heaven and you will meet again.

  • So very sorry for your loss. Prayers for strength and comfort for all who loved Steve.

  • My heart goes out to y’all for your loss. I had the pleasure of serving with Steve at Camp Lejeune’s 2d Marine Division Band. We had the best trombone front rank; In 20 yeats, I never had one better. I will never forget Steve or his pretty red Honda Prelude. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Doris, Elmore, and Family,
    You are each in our heartfelt thoughts and prayers. Our friendship for 60 years brings many happy memories of fun times together as we reared our families and watched our children grow in their friendship, too. We have such dear memories of Steve who was a special and talented person who also had a winning personality. We recall how excited we were when we heard that the Marine Band was giving an exhibition in Cinti. and we were close enough to go see it and Steve. We are grateful for his service for our country as well as his service in education as he followed in your footsteps of teaching.
    May you be comforted by God’s love, grace, and peace.
    Ed, Pat, Mark and Paul Retherford

  • Elmore & Doris
    Our sympathy and prayers for you and family.
    We know how hard loosing a son is…you never really get over it!
    Remember the good times!

  • Dear Elmore and Doris,

    Please know that Nancy and I are praying for you and the family! We are so saddened to hear of Steven’s passing. I remember how he graciously offered his help to the “New” band director. He probably saw me floundering and jumped right in to calm things down ! I did not get to know him as well as Brian, but I recognized the wonderful qualities from his mother and father. I miss you both. I, too, have good memories of Steven, his family and the Galion and OSU Band tradition! May God grant you peace. Sending our love! John and Nancy Holsinger

  • Amy, boys and Steve’s family
    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family and Steve’s family. I have such great memories of our years at Avery Elementary. Steve and I made a great fourth grade team and I enjoyed him as a Principal. He was so full of life and will be greatly missed.

  • To Doris , Elmore & Family I’m so sorry for your lost You have my very deepest sympathy .You are in my thoughts & prayers.😍🙏🏼🙏🏼

  • Dear Elmore, Doris, Dave, Brian, Amy, Boys and family…

    We offer our deepest sympathies and prayers to all of you. We are all blessed to have known Steve for his wit and funny personality. Steve was an instant friend at OSU and TBDBITL. I remember being Q-2 between Steve and Todd. It was such an honor to play trombone with Steve. Funny side note they were always amazingly loud…I could never hear myself play. But Wow I had a GREAT time.

    We had lots of good times and loved each others company. He is at peace now and will be watching over us. I am sure on OSU game days he will be cheering on the Buckeyes and playing his Trombone.

    May Peace be with you. If there is anything you need, please do not hesitate to reach out.

    Love, Michael, Lori, Sophia and Ethan Lentz

  • Elmore and Doris:
    We are so sorry for your loss. We know that this has been a very difficult time for you and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Denny and Sharon Rose

  • Amy, your boys, and Elmore, Doris and your family,
    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Steve. He and I surely had a lot of great times together over the years. He will be greatly missed.
    My best memory of Steve was of his visit to the Portsmouth, NH area after we both had entered the military. The 2nd Marine Division band played a parade up there and he and I had a chance to catch up afterwords. We stayed up all that night reliving old times and had quite a time. I will always remember that.
    Elmore and Doris,
    Thank you for allowing Steve to serve our country. Heaven has gained another Marine and a great and honest man.

  • Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Our sincere condolences.

    We will always remember watching the OSU games with Steve, listening to his experiences working with so many talented people, and how much he loved being in the bands. I will personally always remember the times we played golf together and how grateful I was he never made fun of my game. Though that wry smile kind of gave it away. He will be missed.

    May god be with you through this time and have comfort in the knowledge that Steve is being well taken care of.

    Beverly and Kevin

  • I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to Amy, your sons and Steve’s family and friends. Steve was my principal at Avery Elementary. I will remember him for the kindness he showed the students, staff and parents. You could tell how much he loved being at Avery. I have great memories of working with him. He will be missed!

  • To Elmore, Doris and family,
    My deepest sympathy for this great loss and my prayers go out to you all for peace and comfort during this difficult time. As I write this I am flooded with so many wonderful memories and adventures with Steve. Steve and I rode our bikes thousands of miles in preparation for our shared goal of riding 1,100 miles through the northeastern states. I remember this trip and the myriad of other life adventures that I would not have experienced if it weren’t for steve’s Ability to be the courageous dreamer and encourage me to always take the next step. He was a great motivator, a positive influence and my best friend. I am saddened that life got in the way and I hadn’t caught up with Steve for many years, but I know he is having even greater adventures now and I look forward to seeing him again someday and catching up.

    Thanks Doris and Elmore for having me in your home, making the worlds best sugar cookies, and making me feel like I was part of the family when I was around.

    Love, Garry and Julie and family

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Steve was a good friend when we were in the Ohio State Marching band together. He always had a smile on his face and I remember him for being so nice and going out of his way to say hello. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  • To Stevens Family
    I am so sorry for your loss. Steve absolutely loved my son when he was in 5th grade at JW Reason. Whenever we would talk he still remember him and always asked about him. They truly had a connection with reading and history.
    May he be at peace now and all your memories and ours provide you comfort.
    Melisa Salamony, Cameron and Collin Fulling

  • Mr. Beale and Mrs. Beale, words cannot express how sorry I am to hear this. I have such good memories of your family, of taking care of your boys when they were little. It was such a pleasure. I pray God holds you in His hands and. gives you peace.

  • Steve was a good friend. He was the single most reason I survived college. He took me under his wing and befriended me. I spent a lot of time in OSU Marching Band with him. It seems just like yesterday I met him. I tell stories all the time of the shenanigans he and I created. Loved just jamming on trombone in the stadium with him. So many good memories with him to list them all here.

    Beale family, I know your hearts ache. I also know how much he loved his family. He often spoke about family gatherings, growing up, things he did because of his family etc. Prayers are with you for grief to pass and only thoughts of joy to fill your hearts.

    Steve is truly missed!