Stephen D. Smith

Born: Fri., Apr. 8, 1955
Died: Tue., Dec. 29, 2020

Graveside Service

1:00 PM Mon., Jan. 04, 2021
Location: Griggsville Cemetery

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Stephen Douglas Smith, age 65, of Pittsfield, IL passed away at his home on Tuesday, December 29, 2020. Steve was born on April 8, 1955 in Pittsfield, IL, the son of Dale ‘Toby’ and Patty Sleight Smith. He married Diane L. Dougherty on July 2, 2009 and she survives.

The seed for Steve’s love of sports was planted at Pikeland Unit 10 schools, long before he started kindergarten. He could often be found in the gym, shadowing his father Toby, coach of the Pittsfield Saukee Basketball team. Steve was passionate about sports beginning with Little League baseball and continuing through high school, where he played basketball and was a member of the Golf Team. Following his graduation from Pittsfield High School in 1973, Steve attended Danville Junior College, where he earned a degree in Turf Grass Management.

Steve began a career as a golf course superintendent in the Chicago area, but quickly returned to his hometown where he started his career with the United States Postal Service, retiring after 27 years. Following his retirement he founded Steve Smith Painting, which he operated successfully until his death. His painting talent is beautifully displayed on many area homes, businesses, and churches.

Steve’s love of basketball led him to become an IHSA certified Basketball Official. During his 40 year career he refereed over 2000 games and 2 state tournaments, highlighted by the honor of officiating the 2006 Boys State Championship game. Highly respected for his skill and integrity on the court, Steve was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame on May 2, 2015.

Steve could most frequently be found on a golf course, and was well known as one of the area’s most talented golfers. A longtime member of the Old Orchard Country Club, he was Club Champion multiple times, winning in 6 consecutive decades, beginning in the 1970’s, and winning his final championship in 2020. Steve won the annual Labor Day tournament more times than any other participant, and was the champion of many other events. Steve is the only golfer to ever have a hole in one on OOCC #9, and had 5 additional holes in one. Steve previously served on the Old Orchard Country Club Board of Trustees. In addition, he was a member of Steak Club and Moose Lodge #420, and a past member and founder of Pike County Officials Association. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and enjoyed attending Cardinals Spring Training.

Steve’s true success in life was not found in a career, on a basketball court, or on a golf course, but simply in the man he was. Steve was kind and generous and greeted everyone with a smile and always had time for a conversation. He enjoyed donating his time and talent to support many community organizations. In 2017 Steve was diagnosed with stage IV throat cancer and was proud to be a 3 year survivor. Steve used his experience to mentor and support other head and neck cancer warriors in their battle. Steve leaves a lasting impact on his community, and the world is better for having had him in it.

Steve is survived by his loving wife, Diane; mother, Patricia Capps of Pittsfield, IL; three daughters, Amy (Jeff) Cox of Pittsfield, IL, Ashlee (Michael) Nash of Pearl, IL, and Kristen Smith of Lincoln, AL; and their mother, former spouse, Theresa Smith of Pittsfield, IL; stepson, Mitchel (Ashley Waters) Main; nine grandchildren, Wyatt Nash, Abigail Cox, Katie Cox, Collin Nash, Sydnee Cox, Hayley Cox, Beckham Main, Braden Smith, Bryce Smith; sister, Stephanie (Brent Bauer) Bess of Wood River, IL; also surviving are 2 nieces, several aunts, cousins and his beloved Australian Shepard, Cooper.

He was preceded in death by his father, Toby Smith; grandparents, John C. and Gladys M. Smith and Eldon and Leona Sleight; aunt, Norma Pool and uncle, John Smith.

Public graveside service will be held on Monday, January 4, 2021 at 1:00 PM at Griggsville Cemetery in Griggsville, IL. Memorials are suggested to be made to Saukee Nation. Online condolences may be left to the family at Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in Stephen's memory to the following organization:

Saukee Nation

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Todd Six
   Posted Wed December 30, 2020
Patty, Stephanie, Diane and Family.
Heartbroken to hear of Steve's passing. He was full of passion in everything he did. His sense of humor floored me. We played a lot of golf in the 90's including a great day at The Rail in Springfield. The last time we spoke was on the phone when Toby passed. So proud to call Steve my friend.
God Bless and always in my prayers.

Theresa Price
   Posted Wed December 30, 2020
Steve was a very kind and friendly person and will be missed by everyone! All my prayers for his family! 🙏❤️

Linda Hittner
   Posted Wed December 30, 2020
My heart breaks for Diane, family and Steve’s many many friends. Prayers to all of you during this devastating time. Have comfort in knowing that your husband, Dad, grandpa, and friend was a good loving man with a heart of gold. Rest In Peace Steve!

Janeen Winchell
   Posted Wed December 30, 2020
So sorry for your lost. Prayers for the family

Leecia Carnes
   Posted Wed December 30, 2020
I’ve known Steve since I was in first grade along with Amy and spent a lot of time at his house when we were growing up. He was always fun when he was around. He’s a great guy and I know he loved his family with all his heart. I have so many great memories from my basketball years of him in the stands as well as a ref. He will be greatly missed by many. My heart goes out to all his family and friends, especially Amy, Ashley, and Kristen. I love you girls💞 There’s really just not words to express how sorry I am you all have to go through this. You all are in my prayers.

Richard Heitholt
   Posted Wed December 30, 2020
I am very saddened and shocked to hear that Steve has passed. He was a congenial friend of so many. I had the distinct pleasure of watching him grow up in P H S gymnasium. Fern and I were close friends of Steve’s parents during our Pittsfield days. It was a pleasure to see Steve growing up and then to applaud his athletic achievements. Your dad, Toby and I referred many games together, but never matched Steve’s natural ability to to reach the top in Illinois basketball. His mother, Patty, was a valuable secretary in the office at PHS.
I don’t find words to express my sincere condolences, May your many proud memories and God’s love tenderly touch the lives of his mother and family in these difficult moments. R I P, Stevie!

Don & Annelle Kirk
   Posted Thu December 31, 2020
To Steve's family :Steve was a friend, as he was to many in our community. He was a warm, friendly person who frequently gave of himself to others. He has completed many painting jobs for us personally as well as our church, Nazarene in Pittsfield. He was a perfectionist in his business life and a very giving guy. We will miss him greatly, as will our entire community. Praying for you all. Don & Annelle.

Donnie & Tereasa Apps
   Posted Thu December 31, 2020
To All of Steve's Family,
Words cannot express how sorry we are for your loss. Steve and I have been friends since our days at South School and my wife Tereasa has been friends with Steve since she and I started dating in 1975.
Steve was a caring individual who made us feel that he cared as much about our family as he did his own. Steve was so proud of his family and we were always sharing stories of our families.
When my wife, Tereasa, was battling cancer he called or came by every week to check on her. Steve was more than just a friend, he was part of our family. We not only lost a dear friend, but I lost a brother as well.
I know Steve will be greatly missed, but his legacy will live on through his family. I was a better person for having known Steve.
All of our love and prayers are with you all.
Donnie, Tereasa, and family

Dave and Marie Awbrey
   Posted Thu December 31, 2020
Very sorry to hear of Steve's passing. Always courteous and friendly plus hard working. Patty and family you have our condolences. Dave and Marie Awbrey

Dennis & Debbie (Cawthon) Galbreath
   Posted Thu December 31, 2020
So sorry for the loss of Steve. He was a great friendly man always smiling and had a good word to say. We all will miss him in this community. God bless!!

Jan and Jack Knollenberg
   Posted Thu December 31, 2020
There are no words to describe how sorry I am for your loss. Steve, Connie and I were dancing in the shed today saying we would dance with Steve tonight on zoom since we couldn't all be together at the Crowne Plaza!!! We fell in love with both of you the first time we met ! Thanks for the memories

David Morgan
   Posted Fri January 01, 2021
Thought and prayers are with you and your family.

Bill Jacquot
   Posted Fri January 01, 2021
I too am completely shocked to learn that Steve passed. Steve refereed many games in Barry during my years there. Also, guys from Barry and Pittsfield would play basketball on Sunday afternoons. Then we played together in the Quincy summer basketball league. Then later Steve and I were referee partners and traveled throughout west central Illinois. Those times and travels will always be great memories. Friend to ALL... Steve will be missed. Thinking of Steve's family today. Steve is in our prayers...
Bill Jacquot, Winchester

Orville Smith
   Posted Fri January 01, 2021
To all the family. So sorry for your loss. Steve was always so fun to visit with at the Post Office. He always had a funny comment. He will surely be missed. Keeping you in my prayers.

Bonnie Casteel Long
   Posted Sat January 02, 2021
Patty and family, I am so sorry the sadness and grief you are having at this time. Steve was friendly, helpful, and a perfectionist in all he accomplished.
His picture is such a good one. I pray you have the most pleasant and happy memories, as well as your faith in God to sustain and comfort you.
My Sincere Sympathy, Bonnie

Jim & Ruth Ann Aggertt
   Posted Sat January 02, 2021
Rest in Peace my good friend! A lot of good memories refereeing with Steve and playing golf at Old Orchard CC. Prayers for his entire family!
Jim & Ruth Ann Aggertt - Gainesville, Florida

Steve Eicken
   Posted Sat January 02, 2021
So sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. He was such a nice guy! I got to know him when I started my Postal career down in Pittsfield back in 1988. He was such great help for me being a newbie!
Again, so sorry to hear this!
My deepest sympathy to all the family!

Rick Parker
   Posted Sat January 02, 2021
I am sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. I first got to know him when I played golf at BCHS and he was at PHS. Our friendship grew over the years whether it was at the softball field or officiating for me Rest In Peace Steve

Barbara S Goertz
   Posted Sat January 02, 2021
so sorry to here of his passing, I thought he was doing good. came out of cancer and was cured. He is my 3rd cousin, his dad was 1st cousin with my Dad, Used to spend a lot of time at my aunts and uncles Johns house when I was little with my Mom in dad, they lived out in the country over by Barry past the cemetery. Toby was a good guy to. Jr was there sometimes but not all the time. Aunt Glaydus had my wedding shower and my baby shower for Jimmy. Miss them. Will Miss Steve to.

Sawyer Martin
   Posted Sat January 02, 2021

FEATHERY PALM PLANT was sent by The martins and the Blakes .

Ed Dodson
   Posted Sat January 02, 2021
Steve and I worked together over 25 years. We refffed together and played a little golf .We always had a good time, and he will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Rest in peace my friend..

Ed Dodson
   Posted Sat January 02, 2021
Steve and I worked. together over 25 years. We worked basketball games and played a little golf. We always had a good time, and he will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Rest in piece my friend..

Dena Willard Privette
   Posted Sat January 02, 2021
Patty, Stephen,Diane and family! I’m heart broken of the loss of Steve! He has been a part of my life and Pittsfield for it seems like as long as I can remember, he was a neighborhood friend ! He was funny, out going, compassionate, and never meant a stranger he wouldn’t embrace with that smile ! May he Rest In Peace , until your all together again ,and May his memories bring you some peace knowing he is in a better place and happy ❤️!

Mark Christensen
   Posted Sat January 02, 2021
I am so sorry to hear about Steve’s passing. I just read the his obituary in the Herald Whig. He was a very good golfer. The conversations we had about the game were some of my favorites, and it was plainly evident that we shared a deep love for the game. Please accept my condolences. Your family will be in my prayers.

Carol McCartney
   Posted Mon January 04, 2021
Words are such a little thing - Steve was a nice guy and always had a smile when I met him. I'm sorry for the pain the loss is causing his family but that is because you loved him. The county will miss him too, he leaves a big hole in the town.

Kay and jackie miller
   Posted Mon January 04, 2021
Diane, we are sorry for your loss. Steve has been a good neighbor.

Theresa A Halpin-Lacey
   Posted Mon January 04, 2021
To the entire family,
Steve was a great guy and will be missed by so many. He was always smiling and making a joke, or just asking how are you? Always asking about my family. You're in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Big hugs.

Tim & Lori Greene
   Posted Tue January 05, 2021
We send our sympathy.

Tim & Lori Greene, Concord, IL

Jared Henderson
   Posted Tue January 05, 2021

DIGNITY IN WHITE PEDESTAL ARRANGEMENT was sent by Pike County Country Club Ryder Cup Team.

Our deepest condolences to your family, Steve will be missed by all who knew him.

The Labby Family!
   Posted Thu January 07, 2021
We are so sorry for your loss. Steve will be missed greatly. The entire family including the Reeders, Clarkson, Smith and Labby Family send our love and comfort to your family. We will be praying God will send peace and an extra measure of comfort and love. The family circle will reunite some day soon.

The Labby Family

Debbie Petty
   Posted Fri January 08, 2021
Dear Diane, Patty, and all the Family.
I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my sympathies, and prayers for all of you in this time of overwhelming sadness.
Debbie Petty

Kent and Kathy Zimmerman
   Posted Mon January 11, 2021
Diane, Patty and family,

We were shocked to hear about Steve. He was a friend and always more than
fair when he was painting or doing other work at our home. We will miss him very much.

Kent and Kathy Zimmerman

Davine Smith
   Posted Mon January 18, 2021

We've laughed and cried so many years ago, and life lead us down different paths but always stayed as friends. And I'll never forget my 50th Birthday surprise. Thanks for the laughs that night with friends!
Fly high my friend, anx give them heck on the basketball and golf courses in Heaven.... May you Rest In Peace.....

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