OBITUARY

Steven A. Gamez

June 26, 1955March 3, 2019
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Steven A. Gamez, 63 of Fort Wayne, Indiana, passed away March 3, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. He was a born June 26, 1955 in East Chicago, Indiana to Jesse and Rosemary (Lorea) Gamez. Steven was retired as a chef from the St. Anne’s Nursing Home. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, Braydin and Natalie, getting a good deal at the Thrift Stores, and spending time with his fur babies, Marlos and Brutus. He is survived by his loving wife, Jennifer, children, Stephen Jr., Selena, his step-children, Caila, Sabra, Corey, 10 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, 4 sisters, , and 3 brothers. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Rosemary and by his sister, Elaine. Services will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2019 1 PM at Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Road, Fort Wayne, IN with visitation there Friday, March 8, 2019 2-4 & 6-8 PM and Saturday one hour prior to the service. To sign the online guest book and share a story or a favorite memory with the family go to www.hockemeyermillerfh.com.

Services

  • Calling Friday, March 8, 2019
  • Calling Friday, March 8, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 9, 2019
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Steven A. Gamez

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Natalie Tarlton

March 22, 2019

Papa
• I love my papa a lot. We used to go to the YMCA and the park
• I used to make him food and sometimes feed him.
• We used to play cafe.
• He made me egg tacos, they were so, so good.
• He made funny jokes.
• He told me he ate rocks and that’s how he broke his teeth.
• He would push me on the swing, it was fun.
• He got jealous because uncle Corey and I hung out.
• I used to take care of papa. I was Nurse Natalie. He let me paint his toenails.

I love you so, so much and miss you. Love, Natalie, your baby doll

Caila Andrew

March 22, 2019

I wish I could tell you why he wanted me to read this today, but I do not have that answer for you or for myself. So, with everything I have mentioned, I am sorry if I have upset anyone, and if I have not, then I guess I did better than we expected. Either way, we all knew Steven at different times in our lives, he has impacted each one of us at least once in our lives as well at different times, and today is about celebrating his life and the memories that each one of us has with him. So, here’s to you Old Man, for being in a better place. I am sure that you will be with us every step of the way!

Caila Andrew

March 22, 2019

“At the beginning of this family relationship I didn’t like Steven because of everything that we had already been through since my parent’s separation and divorce. Everything that was happening to me at the time that Steven met Jennifer, there was no way I was going to trust another man in my life at this point. I pretty much shut him completely out of existence from my life even though he was still in Jennifer’s life as well as my sibling’s lives. Eventually I overcame that trust issue with another man being in our lives. It took a lot of guts to do this, but as Jennifer’s oldest child I knew it was time to grow up and face the facts that Jennifer was once again happy. I had to be the bigger person and show my siblings that I can be strong and do this for them and for Jennifer. I was already a disappointment to my family and to Jennifer.
Not liking or trusting Steven was wrong of me to do at the beginning, but like people say, you have to earn that trust. I know it was wrong, because I was prejudging him before I even got to know him or know what he was about. I compared him to every other male figure that was ever in our lives, but because of the previous circumstances I thought I was doing the right thing. I felt that I was protecting myself from another male figure.
As I grew up and learned, I realized that we actually do have similarities and we also have our own differences. That is was makes us human, because if we were all the same it would be boring. Not only do we just have the love from Jennifer as a similarity, we both like to watch crime fighting shows on TV, we are both bull-headed, stubborn, can be mouthy and we like order. I say order as in everything has a place and we don’t like it to be out of place or with chaos.”

Caila Andrew

March 22, 2019

Although we had our differences in the past, nothing mattered when it came to my 2 children. He has always been there for them, they are “his pride and joy” he would tell you, his boo and his baby doll. He did a lot with my children. One thing that I can honestly say that I am grateful for. He was there for their first day of kindergarten, every award that each of them received at school, took Natalie to her first and only father/daughter dance because her dad wouldn’t, and even went on some field trips with them. Things that papa’s do.
If anyone truly knew who Steven was, you knew that he loved to blow people some crap with some off the wall stories of his very own. He loved to grill, and let me tell you, if you did not have his ribs, you definitely missed out. He even taught me how to make flautas and tacos. Growing up in a house with a Mexican you learned that when you made tacos you made all the fixins’.
I wish I could end this statement now, with all of those good thoughts and memories that you may also have with him, but Steven has asked me to read a part of a paper I wrote in 2015 for my Psychology class. We always joked around, and said that if I didn’t read it, he would come back and haunt me (sorry probably should not have said that).

Caila Andrew

March 22, 2019

Caila Andrew

March 22, 2019

Caila Andrew

March 22, 2019

Braydin Andrew

March 22, 2019

Kindergarten to third grade papa would always take me to McDonald's and get me the toys that they give to the little kids, he would ask if they have any more in the back that aren’t the ones in the front, and he would always buy all of them if they weren’t the same ones. He would always do this until I got into fourth grade and I didn’t want the toys any more.
-Braydin
I miss you papa, I love you,

Cecilia Trice

March 9, 2019

To be absent from the body is too be present with the Lord Steven I miss you already love you victory is yours rest peacefully my dear friend.💕

Breanna Shelton

March 5, 2019

You were my uncle from another motha. Big Mama was your mother and what you did for her and our family words could never express how grateful we are to you. Aunt Cece was your girl she is going to truly miss you. We all are going to miss you. I bet Big Mama said son what are you doing here? Love on her for us. My condolences goes out to your family.

Breanna

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