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World Famous Broadcaster, Humanitarian and Businessman

Steven B. Stevens, a Cincinnati resident since 1969, started his broadcasting career in his hometown of Chillicothe, Ohio. He relocated here to join the WLWT TV news team as the weekend anchor and reporter, from St. Louis where he was a newscaster on the number-one rated KXOK, and one of St. Louis' most popular on-air personalities. He is a 2009 inductee to the "St. Louis Broadcast Hall of Fame". He is survived by his lovely wife of 44 years, Gisela (Schmidtke) Stevens. They have four daughters: Stephanie, who preceded him in death in 1982; Kristi Jacobsen (Ole), and children Leif and Elias; Lindsey Stevens; and Hilary Oswald (Sean).

Steven was an active Christian Broadcaster, doing ministry and educational voice-overs and producing Bible-based teachings. His recorded versions of many Bible translations have been duplicated millions of times.

He was a consummate Christian businessman, always on the cutting edge of health and wellness products. He was passionate about increasing quality of life by staying healthy, exercising, and eating well. Steven wanted everyone to know the good news of Jesus. He supported and befriended missionaries worldwide and made over 20 trips to Africa. In the 90's, he led many groups into Russia, bringing in much needed medical supplies and Bibles.

Steven was full of vitality and joy and will be missed by many; a memorial service celebrating his life will be held at Vineyard Cincinnati Church in Springdale, where he served and attended, on Wednesday, October 10th at 10am. In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to make a donation to the Steven B. Stevens Foundation, which will continue supporting the mission work he loved in his name.

Please email us to post online condolences to be listed below.
Dear Gisela - My deepest sympathy to you and your family in the passing of Steven. I so enjoyed talking with him when I ordered my Shaklee supplements. May you find comfort in knowing you are remembered in prayer. May his soul rest in the peace of Our Loving Lord. - Sincerely, Mary Ellen Wilson (Lawrenceburg)
I was so very sorry to hear of Steve's passing. I remember hearing him speak at our 50th Class Reunion, and he sounded the exactly the same as when he was talking in high school. Your family is definitely in my prayers. - Nancy Brown Tanner (Santa Barbara, CA)
Steve, I can’t believe you have left us. You looked so healthy the last time we saw you at our 35x2 Class Birthday Party. You entertained us so well as our M.C., and we will always remember your distinctive voice and your great sense of humor. Heaven has gained a wonderful soul, but we will miss you terribly. Please know that your Chillicothe High School classmates will keep your family and loved ones in our prayers. We will listen for your deep-voiced welcome when we join you in Heaven. - Charlotte Mitchell
Dear Gisela and family, We were so shocked to learn of Steve’s passing from an old friend this morning, Larry Roberts. We always felt that we knew someone really famous by being classmates of Steve. His voice will never be duplicated and will be remembered for many years; especially when listening to his bible recordings (which we own). We know it will be hard on all of you, and hope that the many good memories of him will cary you through these difficult days. There is an old saying: God only gives us what He can handle, and He will be there for you now and always. Love and prayers, Geary & Janet Griffith
Dear Gisela and family – Please accept my deepest expression of sympathy to you and your family in the passing of Steve. As you know, he and I shared so many memories and good times in high school and later years. I will miss him greatly and think of him often. Please know that you are remembered in prayer not just by me but by so many of his classmates. I know his soul rests in loving arms of Our Lord and he is at peace. I wish I could be with you at his memorial service, but will be unable to make the trip. However, my thoughts and prayers are with you. - Sincerely, Dick Rutherford.
I am deeply saddened to hear that we have lost one of very special classmates from our Chillicothe High School Class of 1959. He was a dynamic person and speaker. He has added so much to our class reunions with his super ability to MC and add stories and humor to our get-togethers. He will be greatly missed. My prayers are with you all during this difficult time. I am sure God needed him for a special job in heaven. Perhaps he is in charge of a broadcasting station up there playing praise hymns and his recordings of God,s word. Our loss is certainly heaven’s gain. -Carolyn Boyer
Dear Giesla and Family, Linda and I were so saddened of the news of Steven's passing .you have our deepest sympathy and prayers for you and the family. We have fond memories of the good times and always Stevens reading of the 91st Psalms on the Russian trips he was truly a great man for God ,the Christian and Mission community will surly miss His input and dedication to the ministry for God . Our prayers are with you. -Our deepest sympathy, Tom and Linda Kelly
Gisela and wonderful family, We will always remember Steven! How he loved God and did all things to please Him! What a testimony he was for the Lord Jesus! He was a wonderful example for all of us. May our lives be such a credit to the Kingdom, as his was! I so enjoyed talking and sharing with him and being a friend during the last years. Jesus will bring great comfort to you all. He is so faithful. Much love to you all during this very sad time in your lives. He will bring great memories that will heal. -Mary and Roger Riek (old roommate of Gisela, in St. Louis area)
Dearest Gisela: One can never know the shock when I received the news of Steven's passing. He was always a "best friend" and I so enjoyed his presence whenever he was around. Alma and I always counted him as one of our mentors, and he was always there with the correct answer to any question we had. He will be most sadly missed for we loved him greatly. Our prayers are with you and the family for peace and the comfort of knowing that he is home with the Jesus that he so loved and served.
In Jesus love and ours. - Jim and Alma Stone
I would like to extend my sympathy to the Stevens family. I knew Steve during our high school years. I remember that wonderful voice of his, listening to him on WBEX and saw him a few times on TV. It was good seeing him once again at our 35 x 2 class birthday party. I know your memories will help the family during all the difficult times.
-A ’59 CHS Classmate, Judith French Beasley
To the Stevens Family. Steve will be greatly missed and his passing leaves a great void in the Class of ’59. I know that God has great plans for Steve in Heaven and I can’t wait to be reunited with Steve and other classmates when Jesus returns to claim his own or whenever he calls me to heaven. It was great to visit with Steve at our 35 x 2 party and the memories will last forever. My prayers are with your family. - Bill (class of ’59) and Ann (class of ’61) Hamilton
Gisela and Family--This loss is still soaking in! Just cannot believe. He was always the picture of health. The great times we had during our high school years and several years after have all flashed through my mind the last few days. Two of my great classmates Steve and Jeff Lytle gone...BUT NOT FORGOTTEN! I remember like it was yesterday--our 45th Reunion. You, John Brown and his wife Anna were talking great lengths in German while Steve, my wife, Kay, and I were staring at each other. It was one of the few times I ever saw Steve with a loss of words! Kay and I send our deepest thoughts--jim lungo
Liebe Giesela, ich bin mit dir und den Kindern traurig. Viel Kraft ! -Susanne
Dear Gisela,
I am so very sadden to learn of your dear husbands passing.
I am so very happy to have the privilege to have worked for Steven and you.
It was a time when employees mattered and work was appreciated but still fun.
Steven taught me so much about sales. It was also the place where I would meet my
friend Shiela Vallery on our many phone calls and visits over the years, we still
laugh about your psychologist 5 cents sign.
If there is anything I can do you let know.

-Ruth Laughlin
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