Steven A. “Steve” Underwood

March 23, 1954 ‒ August 05, 2017

Ostrander, Ohio

Steven A. “Steve” Underwood, age 63 of Ostrander died unexpectedly at home Saturday, August 5, 2017.

He was born on March 23, 1954 in Columbus to Tom L. Underwood of Ostrander and the late Mary Ann (Vickers) Underwood.  Over the years Steve worked in the real estate and carpentry trades, retiring after 25 years as the street superintendent for the Village of Powell.

Described as a modern day pioneer and mountain man, he enjoyed a passion for the outdoors. He was a craftsman of furniture, knives, bows, and jewelry. He enjoyed riding his Hog, canoeing, kayaking, muzzle shooting, hunting arrow heads, and back yard campfires. Steve also played the banjo, was fond of animals, blue grass music, reading, the beach, and the western states, especially Utah.

Full of life, he was everything to his family. He was a true minimalist and all-natural. With a creative and brilliant mind, he was generous, fun loving, and ornery to his core. At home on his back porch along the river or the southern hills of Ohio were his favorite places.

He was a perpetual teenager, who was large in heart.  Steve will be remembered for his self-reliance and happy ways, but most importantly for the love of his “Darlins” or daughters and precious grandchildren.

In addition to his father Tom, those left to cherish his memory include his Darlins: Tawnya Underwood (Ali Khodadad) of Cincinnati, Jessica (Jon) Henson of Lewis Center, Laura Underwood (Zach Duzan) of Delaware, grandchildren: Landen, Jillian, Lucas, Gabriella, Cyrus, Darius, mother of his children Teresa (Blahnik) Underwood of Upper Arlington, sister Vicki Underwood of Columbus, nieces, nephews, and countless loyal friends.

Friends may call from 4:00 -7:00 p.m. Thursday at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Dr., at W. William St., Delaware, Ohio 43015, where Celebration of Life services will follow at 7:00 p.m. with Celebrant Marvin Hintz officiating.

Campfire services of shared stories and memories will be held Friday.

In lieu of flowers contribution can be made to the Steven Underwood Memorial Fund, 101 Valleyside Dr., Delaware, Ohio 43015, which will be used to support causes and charities close to Steve’s heart.

Condolences may be expressed at

  • To the Steven A. Underwood family,

    Spencer and I are saddened to hear of Steven’s passing, we are sending our healing and thoughtful prayers to: Teresa, Jessica, Laura, And Tawnya and their families.

    With Sympathy and Love, Spencer and Dottie Beebe

  • Laura and family,

    My sincerest condolences. Laura, I didn’t know your father, but I know you, and I can only imagine he was full of life and a friend to all. You are in my thoughts. Much love to you and yours. He was amazingly lucky to have a daughter like you and I am so thankful to know you. That can only tell me he was amazing and will be truly missed. Thinking of you daily!

  • So sorry to hear about Steve’s passing. Prayers to all. RIP.
    Steve Ussery Sr.
    Powell, Ohio

  • Tawnya, Jessica and Laura,
    I’m so sorry about your dad. I worked side by side with him for 10 years at Powell. He wasn’t only my boss he was my friend and brother. I learned so much from Steve. He is somebody I will never forget. I’m glad he was able to get time away from work and go with the 3 of you to Utah. He was so happy about that trip. He talked about you all the time. Again I’m so sorry. It was way too soon.

  • Tom, Teresa, Tanya, Jessica and Laura,
    My thoughts as well as Nancy’s are with you at this time. Steve was the very best of men and was my very best friend for nearly 54 years. We shared the best of times. He was also my supervisor at the Village of Powell, landing me a job there over 26 yrs ago. He taught me so many skills. I would not be the man I am today without the knowledge he shared with me. I will always be indebted to him for sharing himself and his great family with me and allowing me to be part of his family. Undoubtedly the World’s greatest Dad!

    With Great Love,
    Michael Maher & Nancy Single

  • My deepest condolences to his family and so sorry for your loss. Steve was a pioneer, a very talented one with talents and knowledge in many fields. Steve loved his kids and it was always a topic of conversation whenever we talked. He was called home way to early. You will be missed by all your friends. Rest in peace my friend.

  • I am Julie Madden Casteel. I went to school with Steve at Arlington and was a good friend. I am saddened by Steve”s passing but just know he is in a glorious place. With Deepest Sympathy… Julie & Jr. Casteel, Coolville, Ohio

  • Tawnya, Jessica and Laura, Teresa , Family, Friends & loved ones:
    My heart felt condolences to each of you. Prayers for strength & comfort.
    Words can not express how deeply saddened I am, having known Steve since our High School days at Upper Arlington. He’s touched the lives of many, and we’ve learned so much from him. He mastered many trades, has always spread pure love & joy! (Certainly lived life passionately & to it’s fullest-as we can too, by cherishing the memories and honoring his legacy.)
    To know him is to love him dearly. ~God Bless You.
    Deepest Sympathy & All my love at this difficult time.
    Debbi Swincher
    Wichita, Ks.

  • To The Steve Underwood family especially his girls!
    So sorry to hear about your dad, he truly was a great man and will be missed very much! Thoughts and prayers your way. Mike & Kerree Susi