Stephen R. McCormick, age 69 years, a resident of rural Ozark, passed away Friday morning, July 29, 2016, at 7:12 a.m. at his home.
Steve was born December 8, 1946 near Creal Springs, Illinois. He was the son of Carlos Archie McCormick and Juanita (Deaton) McCormick.
On August 22, 1964, Steve was united in marriage to Janice Hill in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. She survives.
In addition to his wife, Steve is survived by: his mother – Juanita McCormick of Ozark; his children – Steven Bradley (Sherie) McCormick of Harrisburg, Michael Shane (Penny) McCormick of Herrin, and Sheena LaNan (Talon) Lowrey of Goreville; 9 grandchildren – Tucker Ray (Emily) McCormick, DaKota May (Jared) Rotramel, Parker Louis-Weston McCormick, Elijah Christian McCormick, Beth Ellen McCormick, Eva Marie McCormick, Josiah Ray McCormick, Tenley Grace Lowrey and Remi Rae Lowrey. Steve was anticipating the birth of a great grandchild in August 2016. Additionally, Steve is survived by a sister-in-law – Heather McCormick of Henderson, Kentucky.
In addition to his father, Steve was preceded in death by an infant brother, Michael Dean McCormick, and a brother, Patrick Dean McCormick.
Steve was a 1964 graduate of the Carrier Mills High School.
Steve is fondly remembered for his ability to accomplish well any task set before him. He worked as a telephone company cable splicer, a coal miner, a I.U.O.E. (International Union of Operating Engineers) Local # 318 heavy equipment operator, as well as being a carpenter and home builder.
Steve had many interests and hobbies, including owning and riding Harley-Davidson motorcycles, hunting, as well as breaking to ride and training horses. He was especially proud of the Tennessee Walking Horses which he showed.
Steve was a gifted musician and played multiple instruments. He along with Janice sang with the Pathfinder’s Gospel Quartet for many years. Steve was a member and Deacon in the New Vision Church near Ozark. Steve was also a dedicated former member of the New Simpson Hill School Board as well as the Vienna High School board for several terms. He also served as a trustee of the Drake Cemetery.
A funeral service honoring the life of Stephen R. McCormick will be held Monday morning, August 1, 2016, at 11 a.m. at New Vision Church, 12615 U.S. Highway 45 North, Ozark, Illinois. Pastor Bud McDannel will officiate assisted by Brother Howard Stearns.
Burial will be in the Drake Cemetery near Creal Springs.
Visitation will be held Sunday evening, July 31, 2016, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Drake Cemetery Fund, c/o Brad McCormick, 2235 Walnut Grove Road, Harrisburg, Illinois 62946.
To share a memory of Steve or to leave an online message of condolence for his family, please visit www.baileyfh.com