Steve was born on March 24th, 1936 in Findlay, OH. His life took root on a farm just outside Findlay on County Road 95. He attended Liberty Benton High School, where he graduated in 1954. Steve was one of five children to the parents of Della & Oscar Wittenmyer. On July 12th, 1958 Steve married Sandy Warrington, which started a marriage of 59 years.
In his life career-building years, Steve worked for construction companies such as Hallen-Kramer, Spieker Co. and RACO. His whole life, Steve had an endless unwavering love for the three Ladies in his life….Sandy, his daughter Tracy and his granddaughter Kara Marie. He loved wood working and building things….to the extent that he, with help of great friends and family, built by hand, his forever home in Loganville. When visiting, Steve would generously offer anyone a cup of hot coffee, a cold beer or most definitely a glass of wine. This offering was Steve’s signature welcome to all that stopped by for a few minutes or stayed for days.
To all those that knew Steve and got to visit his home, they quickly realized that The Ohio State Buckeyes had a true fan in Georgia. Even some of the walls and floors were painted the unmistakable OSU colors of “Scarlet & Gray”. Complete with a fireplace and all the Ohio State Football memorabilia, any given autumn Saturday, all friends and family were welcome to watch the game with Steve….as long as they were NOT a Michigan fan.
Steve’s love for football started way back when, when he played football at Liberty High, not far from the OSU Campus in Columbus, Ohio. One of Steve’s favorite places to watch a game was the “OSU Horseshoe Stadium” where he could admire his favorite football coach in person, the legendary Woody Hayes. For Steve, the highlight of attending any OSU football game was, TBDBITC….The Best Damn Band In The Country….The Ohio State Marching Band.
In addition to football, during his long life Steve also enjoyed fishing, walking his land smoking a pipe, with dogs around, dancing on Saturday night at the American Legion Hall and reading a magazine….yes, a magazine from his treasured collection of every Playboy magazine ever printed by Hugh Heffner. Some would believe that Steve’s famed one liner….“I’ve got a million of ‘em”….came from only reading the articles in Playboy.
Steve is survived by his daughter Tracy, granddaughter Kara, great-grandsons Ayden & Mason along with too many other family members to list here.
Funeral services will be held at Tom Wages Funeral Home on Saturday Nov. 17th, 2018 from 11AM – 2PM. His daughter Tracy would like to extend a sincere ‘Thank You” to all the family, friends and caregivers that assisted with Steve in his final weeks, with an extra special “Thank You” to Mark & Sherri Katafias.
Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.wagesfuneralhome.com. Tom W. Wages Funeral Services, LLC, a Family Company, 3705 Hwy. 78 West Snellville, GA 30039 (770-979-3200) has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Reposted Courtesy of Wages Funeral Home.