Steven D. Russell

September 3, 1973July 5, 2016

RUSSELL, Steven D., age 42 of Huber Heights, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 5, 2016. He was preceded in death by his mother Sylvia Russell. He is survived by his wife of 6 years Miranda Russell and their child who is expected this winter, father Duane Russell, sister Nikole (Chris) Gardner, niece Eryn Gardner, nephews Landon Gardner and Matthew Gray, mother in-law and father in-law Warren (Kathy) Gray, and brother and sister in-law Chris and Valleri Gray. Steve had a great passion for the gaming and writing industry and was beloved by friends, co-workers, and family alike. His zest for life whether it was sitting on the beach or playing cards was unmatched. He will be deeply missed by many, but will live on in the memories and hearts of those he loved. Funeral services will be held at the TOBIAS FUNERAL HOME – BEAVERCREEK CHAPEL, 3970 Dayton-Xenia Rd. at Grange Hall Rd. on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 10 am. The family will receive relatives and friends at the funeral home from 4 pm – 8 pm on Monday, July 11. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Condolences can be expressed to the family at


  • Visitation

    Monday, July 11, 2016

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, July 12, 2016


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Angie Partin

July 20, 2016

Steve was a wonderful human being- he loved life and worked very hard. He was crazy in love with his wife. Always up for a debate or to give a shoulder to cry on...You are missed, my friend.

Jason Durall

July 14, 2016

I had the pleasure of working with Steve on one of the game lines he published. I am left with the utmost respect and admiration for the man, and am heartened to see the outpouring of goodwill across the industry he loved so much.

Gareth-Michael Skarka

July 12, 2016

I had the pleasure of working alongside Steve for a couple of years, and we shared many more as industry colleagues. His loved ones should know that his work lives on in the imaginations of gamers that he never even met: Surely, a form of immortality...

John Joyce

July 11, 2016

"Steve was always easy to talk to, joke with and all around, just a good man. You will be missed Good Sir..."

Steve Creech

July 10, 2016

Steve was one of the pillars that anchored the foundation of the roleplaying game industry. He was also one of the hardest-working but happiest guys I have ever known. Even when deadlines loomed there he was getting it done. And when one of us had a deadline driving us crazy, Steve would always stop what he was doing and be there for us. He was a wonderful, caring soul. One that I was proud to call my friend. Thank you, Steve, for everything you've contributed to this world. You made it a bright and happy place for a time so brief.

Megan Robertson

July 10, 2016

The 'Happy Snoopy Dance of Joy' he did each time I gave him a (well-deserved) 5-star review will be missed, a towering talent who brought pleasure to many. WIth love from RPG Resource.

Chris & Stephanie Smith

July 9, 2016

Steve, you will be missed dearly. We will tell your child what a smart and whitty and caring person you were. We will stand by your family in your absence. We love you Steve and we don't understand why the Lord took you to Heaven, but we do trust in the Lord and we know you are watching over Miranda and your baby. May the God of peace comfort those who knew you and love you so. So sad to see you go, but we know you are in Heaven and we will see you again one day.

Ben McFarland

July 8, 2016

As a friend of mine recently said, "Agree not to speak unless you can improve on the silence."
I can't think of anything profound, only banal. Miss you, Steve.

Dennis Darmody

July 8, 2016

I never had the chance to say, "Thank you," in person to Steve, for all that he has done for me and my career as an artist. Like he did for so many others, he fostered and encouraged me, an inexperienced artist, to get out of my comfort zone and work on pieces I wouldn't have were it not for him pushing me.

I may not be in the premier group of artists just yet, but were it not for Steve, I wouldn't even be where I am at now. He will always have my gratitude, and I will always be in his debt. I didn't know him well, but what short time that I did have the honor to know him, will be cherished for the rest of my life. I am sure you'll see that story mirrored hundreds of times; he was truly a leader in our industry, and a standout at that.

My thoughts are with his family.

Marie and Karyn Small

July 8, 2016

To his family, we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for sharing this talented, enthusiastic, genuine person with us in the gaming community. We are so very, very sorry for your loss.