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Stephen W. Kavanagh
Stephen W. KavanaghFlagStephen W. Kavanagh, 78 of Marysville, died unexpectedly Monday, March 20, 2023 at Memorial Hospital of Union County.

He was born December 15, 1944 in Marion to the late Delbert Ray and Bonita Rose (Wright) Kavanagh.

Steve could often be seen mowing the grass on his property on Route 4 at “the point” and tending to the garden. In his retirement, he and his partner, Linda have run “From My Garden” for many years, selling dried flowers, herbs, honey and other natural items.

A 1962 graduate of Byhalia-York High School, he was a good basketball and baseball player. Steve was an avid hunter when he was young and loved hunting with his Grandpa Freddy. He raised sheep as a young boy through early adulthood and was active in the FFA. Steve served our country in Vietnam in the U. S. Army. He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 3320 in Marysville.

He worked at Goodyear for many years as a shift foreman, retiring in 2003. He was a good poker player in his younger years and enjoyed gambling. He took frequent trips down to the river to play on the riverboat casino, slots being his favorite game. He loved solving Sudoku puzzles as well as putting together picture puzzles with his sisters or with his daughter and grandchildren.

The annual trip to the Deer Creek cabins with his family was always a highlight of the year for Steve, being able to spend time with his entire family. Steve loved his grandkids and enjoyed his regular visits to see them, as well as attending their various sporting events.

He is survived by his daughter, Gina (Greg) Ballinger, Richwood; his partner of 36 years, Linda Sanford, Marysville; three grandchildren, Avery, Derek, and Sienna Ballinger, Richwood; three sisters, Rae Nita (Joe) Elliot, West Mansfield; Vicki Harvey, West Mansfield; Carolyn Scheiderer, Delaware; an aunt, Maxine Vicario, Bellefontaine; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Jim Harvey.

Funeral services will be Friday, March 24, 2023 at 1:00 PM at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood with Pastor Joseph Rhea officiating. Burial will follow in the Byhalia Cemetery where military honors will be conducted by the Union County Honor Guard and the U. S. Army. Friends may call two hours prior to the service, starting at 11:00 AM.

Memorial gifts may be made to VFW Post 3320, 15237 Industrial Pkwy., Marysville, OH 43040.

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com

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#1 from: Rona Penix
Tue, Mar 21, 2023 at 3:29 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you!❤

#2 from: Dustin Harvey
Mason, OH
Tue, Mar 21, 2023 at 4:17 PM

Uncle Steve is one of my favorite people.  I love talking to him and sharing stories at Deer Creek, family reunions, holidays, and at his house.  He was always great to my wife and kids.  He will be greatly missed.    

#3 from: Barb Eastman
Tue, Mar 21, 2023 at 4:52 PM

So sorry to hear about Steve. I always saw him out mowing. Prayers to the family.

#4 from: Robin Lenox
Tue, Mar 21, 2023 at 5:14 PM

So sorry for your loss. Prayers for all

#5 from: Lynne Ledley
Tue, Mar 21, 2023 at 5:53 PM

Gina and family, so sorry to learn of your father's passing. I saw your father mowing many times when I went past their home. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

#6 from: PEG GRAY
Tue, Mar 21, 2023 at 5:53 PM

Gina, Greg and family, I am so sorry to hear this about your Dad. Lots of good memories from "back in the days". You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you with His peace and comfort in the days ahead.

#7 from: Gary and Linda Shaw
Marysville, ohio
Tue, Mar 21, 2023 at 5:57 PM

So sorry for your loss.

#8 from: Becky Ballinger
2316 Gold Club Ln Marion Oh 43302
Tue, Mar 21, 2023 at 6:02 PM

Gina,Greg, and family. So sorry for your loss!                            

#9 from: Randy and Barbara Sullivan
Tue, Mar 21, 2023 at 7:35 PM

To all of Steve’s family so sorry to here about Steve. Dad and Steve had a lot of fun tother when younger. Our prayers to all. Joyce Sullivan Randy and Barbara Sullivan and Tom and Wendy Sullivan

#10 from: Johnanibert
Tue, Mar 21, 2023 at 7:38 PM

So sorry to hear of your Father passing. Thoughts and prayers are with your family. My sympathy.                            Johna Nibert

#11 from: Judy & Bob ( Silver thorn ) Kelley
Sunbury, Ohio
Tue, Mar 21, 2023 at 7:49 PM

So sorry, condolences for Steve's family & friends. Steve & all the Kavanagh are all good people. Jack & I rode the school bus with Steve, to Byhslia. Prayers, Judy & Bob

#12 from: June Monson Boyd
Fort Smith, Arkansas
Tue, Mar 21, 2023 at 7:53 PM

I cherish fond memories of growing up with Steve at Byhalia-York School.  Quiet with a captivating smile, he was a special classmate. May God bless and comfort his family at this difficult time. Sincerely, June

#13 from: Karen Elaine Temple Landon
Ft Pierce,FL
Tue, Mar 21, 2023 at 8:27 PM

Gina, Greg & Kavanagh Family,  My deepest Sympathy. Steve was a special friend and classmate. Let the help of Friends, Family, and Faith help you with this loss. Also the many Great Memories! Elaine

#14 from: John Oberdier
Tue, Mar 21, 2023 at 8:31 PM

Rae Nita and Vicki so sorry for your loss.  I will be praying for you.

#15 from: steven j brown
Tue, Mar 21, 2023 at 8:49 PM


#16 from: Gina ( Carey ) Greig
St. Louis
Tue, Mar 21, 2023 at 10:44 PM

Dear Gina, I am soo very sorry to hear of your dad’s passing.  May God’s presence help you and your family during these very difficult hours and may you continue to feel his spirit in your soul each day. God Bless.

#17 from: Smiley ward
Kingman Arizona
Tue, Mar 21, 2023 at 10:48 PM

My sympathy to all his family and friends. Steve and I worked side by side for over 30 years. He was a good friend and a good man , he will be missed.

#18 from: Janet Dysert
Wed, Mar 22, 2023 at 8:18 AM

So sorry for your loss. Prayers and thoughts for Steve's family.

#19 from: Karen Ewing
Wed, Mar 22, 2023 at 8:20 AM

So sorry to hear of your loss. My sympathy and prayers go to all of you.

#20 from: Mandy & Jason Swartz
Prospect, Ohio
Wed, Mar 22, 2023 at 9:45 AM

Our deepest sympathies and prayers

#21 from: Kathleen King
Wed, Mar 22, 2023 at 1:26 PM

So sorry for your loss.

#22 from: Anita Clapsaddle Woodruff
Wed, Mar 22, 2023 at 1:53 PM

My deepest sympathy to all of Steve's family. I have a lot of fond memories of him and his family.

#23 from: Harold Green
Wed, Mar 22, 2023 at 4:03 PM

So sorry to hear of Steve's passing. He was always one of the Big Kids we looked up to. Watched him in many basketball and baseball games! He was always friendly to us little kids!

#24 from: Bob Brashears
Marysville, Ohio
Wed, Mar 22, 2023 at 5:37 PM

My sympathies to Linda and the rest of the family.  I enjoyed working for Steve for many years at Goodyear.  He was a good boss and an even better friend.

#25 from: Ron  Coakley
Murrells Inlet , SC
Wed, Mar 22, 2023 at 5:44 PM

My condolences to my "Homecoming Queen" and my Paris fiancee. Sorry for your loss.

#26 from: Jan Haynes
Wed, Mar 22, 2023 at 9:29 PM

So sorry for your loss, Carolyn. Sincerest sympathy to your family.

#27 from: Betty Wright McGrane
San Diego California
Thu, Mar 23, 2023 at 2:42 PM

So sorry to hear of Steve's passing, think of our family times often. RIP my dear cousin wish we could watch Raenita, Vicki and Carolyn dance on their bentback toes again. Love to all.rBetty and family.

#28 from: Sue (Waugh) Wright
Fri, Mar 24, 2023 at 8:47 AM

Very sorry for your loss.  The years have gone by so fast.  All your memories will help.

#29 from: Deborah A Prader
Fri, Mar 24, 2023 at 10:38 AM

To the whole family, and Linda Sanford in particular, please accept my true sorrow at your loss. A partner's death reduces you by half, and no one understands. Love.

#30 from: Art & Mary Granlee
Marion, ohio
Fri, Mar 24, 2023 at 8:41 PM

Gina and family, sorry to hear of the passing of of your father. Mary and I will keep you in our prayers.

#31 from: Judy Hall Baker
Wed, Mar 29, 2023 at 4:51 PM

So sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you all

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