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Life Story / Obituary
Some men count their blessings by the homes they live in, the cars they drive, and the riches they have attained. For Steve Overholt, his greatest joy was found in the family he so deeply loved. Steve was a hard working man who provided unconditional love and unending care for his family. A family man through and through, there was no place Steve was happier than sharing the company of those he loved. And for those who knew Steve best, he will be forever remembered.
Steve was born in Grand Rapids on July 29, 1956. His mother Vera and sister Nina lived with Vera's parents in a house on Fourth and Garfield. Vera was a single mother who worked hard and provided for Nina and Steve in a time when single moms were rare. She purchased a home on Ball Park Blvd. and the three of them moved there in the early 1960's. They stayed on Ball Park until Vera remarried Ken Overholt and he adopted Steve and Nina. They then moved to Caledonia where Steve and Nina had horses.
As Steve was going into middle school, the three of them moved back to Ball Park where Steve attended West Middle and Union High where he played football. He graduated in 1974.
One of Steve’s first jobs was working for the Slivic Brothers and Bob’s Janitor Service. He later worked at Burger King on Leonard Street where he took notice of a pretty coworker by the name of Delores Taurins. Quite taken with Delores, the feeling was mutual and they began spending fun-filled and special times together dating. During this time, Steve went on to further his education. He began attending Grand Rapids Junior College where he studied for two years, learning the tool and die trade. With his education complete, he took a job with Keeler Brass.
After four years of dating and deeply in love, Steve and Delores were united in marriage at the justice of the peace on August 13, 1976. After spending a memorable honeymoon in northern Michigan, they returned to Grand Rapids to begin their new lives together as husband and wife. Their first home together was an apartment on Turner Avenue, and later, Ball Park Boulevard, the area where Steve grew up. There they welcomed and raised three wonderful children. Erin came along in 1979, followed by Matt in 1981. Their youngest, Samantha completed their family in 1984. When they moved to their house on VanEss NW in 1994, they continued to fill their lives with special memories they continue to treasure.
Steve was a great father and the kids loved his goofy side. Always hard working, he provided a good home for his family. He loved making them breakfast every Saturday morning, and his delicious French toast was most certainly his specialty. He was a meat and potatoes kind of guy, and he especially loved a good hamburger and hot dogs. As a father, Steve’s heart overflowed with pride for his children. He was always there for his kids, and he was thoroughly involved in their school activities and sporting events.
Eventually Steve began working at Model Tool & Die before taking a position with General Motors where he remained for the next 30 years of his career. When the kids were older, his wife, Delores took a job with Grand Rapids Public Schools.
Steve had a great love of Lake Michigan and in 1986 he started building his dream cottage in Cheyenne Hills along the shores of Lake Michigan. He was to continue working on his cottage for the next 25 years. And after sending their last child Sam to college, they moved there full time. Steve enjoyed his time there and always stopped to watch the sunset.
They loved having their family join them there where good times were enjoyed by all. Steve was a jack-of-all-trades. He could tinker, fix, build and remodel anything, including their home on up north. He knew his way around an engine, and was pretty handy when it came to fixing cars. In his free time Steve enjoyed shows like Seinfeld, The Sopranos, and the History and Discovery channels. True to his nature, he loved classic rock and roll.
In 2010, Steve had to learn a new way of living when he suffered a severe stroke which left him paralyzed on his left side. Although therapy helped and he fought hard to regain his mobility, Steve was destined to the use of a wheelchair. Through his therapy at Generation Care, Steve grew close to his incredible therapist, Tracy Lee whose unending support and encouragement was priceless.
Steve and Delores remained living at the lake house for two years, yet Steve needed more accessibility, so they moved to a home in Fruitport, Michigan. Although he grew weary by his limitations at times, Steve was a staunch advocate for spreading the word about others getting their high blood pressure checked and to know the signs of a stroke. Together, Steve and Delores made the most of their lives, side-by-side. When grandchildren came along, Steve could not have been happier. He absolutely loved being with them.
On Saturday, January 30, Steve began suffering from unusual weakness and was taken to Mercy Health Hospital where his health quickly diminished. Steve knew he had accomplished much in his lifetime, and that was the love of family and good friends he could count on. A loving and dedicated husband, father, grandfather, brother, and good friend, Steve will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered.
Steven M. Overholt, aged 59 of Fruitport, MI, formerly of Grand Rapids, passed away on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at Mercy Health Hospital in Muskegon with his family at his side. He was preceded in death by his mother, Vera Overholt. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Delores Overholt; his children, Erin (Jeremy) Denhof, Matt Overholt, Samantha (Ryan) Post; his grandchildren, Layla Denhof, Fiona Post, Charlie Denhof, Libby Post; his sister, Nina (Bob) Fox; mother-in-law, Patsy Walcott; sister-in-law, Pat Taurins; nephews and niece, Clint Fox, Jason Fox, Nicholle Taurins, Jason Taurins; many cousins and friends. Cremation has taken place. Friends and relatives can meet his family on Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 5-8 PM at Heritage Life Story Funeral Home – 2120 Lake Michigan Dr. NW. Please consider memorial contributions in his memory to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. To read more about Steve’s life, to sign his guest book and to leave your own memory of him, please visit his web page at www.lifestorynet.com.