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Steven James Vasko

November 29, 1955March 24, 2021
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Steven James Vasko, age 65, of Allendale, Michigan passed away on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at Metro Hospital in Wyoming, MI after a brief illness. Steven was born November 29, 1955 in Dearborn, Michigan.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Wanda (Fry) Vasko, and brother-in-law, Milt Green.

Steven is survived by his loving wife, Shirley Vasko, their children, Danielle (Gavin) Page, Scott (Jamie) Vasko, Dale (Erin) Rykse, Dayna Rykse, his siblings, Winonda Green, Robert (Susan) Vasko, Suzanne (Matt Brown) Vasko and his grandchildren, Lincoln, Lawson, Ella, Wesley, and Brooklyn as well as many aunt, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends.

A lifelong Michigander, Steve was raised in Dearborn and attended Edsel Ford High School and then graduated from Michigan State University class of '78 with a BA in Financial Administration. He worked many years at Prestolite Wire and raised his family in Livonia. He then moved to Western Michigan where he was working at Medallion Instrumentation Systems the last 9 years. An avid sports enthusiast, Steve was a loyal Detroit Tiger and Michigan State Spartan fan. Steve loved MSU football and was a season ticket holder for decades. He enjoyed the outdoors and fishing, especially during his annual trip to his brother's Lake Erie cottage in Western New York. Steven was always great with animals, and he loved his dogs, especially his buddy, Dakota. He enjoyed being a soccer coach for many years and had the opportunity to coach his son's basketball & baseball teams as well. Above all, Steven adored his family. He was a devoted husband, proud father and relished being a grandfather. He was looking forward to retirement and moving closer to family so he could spend more time with his kids and grandkids and attend more of his grandkids' sporting events. He valued his time with family and tried to be there for the many moments he cherished: a tennis game, a soccer game, a wedding, a tailgate party, a graduation party, and all holiday gatherings. He had a way with kids that was surely admired; he was a hard working and kind man who dearly loved and his family. Steven was a strong man of God and was anchored in his faith. He will be missed by many.

A Visitation for Steven will be held Friday, April 2, 2021 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Reyers North Valley Chapel, 2815 Fuller Ave N.E., Grand Rapids, Michigan 49505 (where masks will be required). A Visitation will also occur Saturday, April 3, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Oakhill Church, 1930 Leonard St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505, followed by a Funeral Service that will begin at 11:00 AM and will be officiated by Pastor Jeff Carlson. (Masks are not required at the church but would be appreciated by the family.)

A live stream of Steven's service can be viewed at Oakhill-Church.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Steven's memory may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123; and Feeding America, P.O. Box 96749, Washington, Washington, D.C. 20090-6749.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.reyersnorthvalleychapel.com for the Vasko family.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, April 2, 2021

  • Visitation

    Saturday, April 3, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, April 3, 2021

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Kevin Francisco

April 2, 2021

I have nothing but very fond memories of having Coach Steve as one of my coaches for soccer, baseball and basketball for 10+ years growing up. He was always a great influence to all of us. He will be missed.

Bruce Grzegorczyk

April 2, 2021

Steve was always kind and friendly. What a tremendous shock. Our deepest sympathy. Prayers for comfort and peace. Bruce and Barb

Sandy Marky

April 2, 2021

Our hearts go out to Shirley and the entire Vasko family on the loss of Steve. He brightened every occasion when he walked in with the Vasko twinkle in his eye. His humor and devotion to his mom and family were obvious - the story of his panic dealing with the oxygen generator as he drove his mom out to western New York for one more fishing trip encapsulates every thing we all loved about him. With deepest sympathy,
Sandy Marky and Harry Flatt

Ron & Elaine Schilling

March 31, 2021

Shirley and family,
Our deepest sympathy and prayers are with you at this time. We will not be able to come to Grand Rapids, but know that we are thinking of you and sending you lots of hugs.
Ron and Elaine Schilling (Steve Waldorf's sister & husband)

Brian Kelly

March 29, 2021

Losing someone like Steve, way too early, is tragic. My heart goes out to Shirley, his children and all who were close to him. Steve and I worked together at Medallion. I knew that I could always depend on him and be confident in his ability to solve problems and honestly assess any problem or situation. After I left, we would get together for lunch once or twice a year. During those lunch conversations we would always catch up on how our families were doing and then maybe discuss the topics of the day. My wife and I were able to watch Steve and Shirley’s dog Dakota a few times as well. Watching Steve together with Dakota raised my appreciation of how a dog can be part of a family. Steve loved his family very much and Dakota was included in the group. As I try to come to grips with this, I recall that all people that we interact with, teach us something. I am very thankful for all that Steve taught me, but one thing in particular comes to mind. Steve’s phone rang me one week before he died. As I thought to myself that we should catch up, I answered but only heard the odd word here or there and realized that it was an accident. I texted him to let him know and he texted back an apology. Should something like this happen again in the future, I won’t text, I’ll call…

TODD FRANCISCO

March 28, 2021

Soccer team picture with coaches Steve Vasko and Rod Hassinger.
I miss them both. They were great motivators.

Carol Martines

March 28, 2021

Steve was a very lucky man. Blessed. He had a great family, the best wife, and the love of the Lord. His joy was surely complete.

Todd Francisco

March 26, 2021

We coached our boys together in soccer for about ten years. Steve was always a lot of fun and a great role model for all of the kids on our team. Steve had a huge impact on our team members becoming good sportsmen and hard working adults. I miss the great times I had with Steve.
My family’s thoughts and prayers are with Steve’s family and friends. We were all very fortunate to have known Steve. I don’t say this much but “Go Green, Go White”.

Chris Price

March 26, 2021

I’d like to express my appreciation for everything Steve contributed over his 9 years at Medallion Instrumentation. Smart and relentless in his attention to the challenges and responsibilities of his role, he was always ready to help or offer insight on a problem. When Steve announced his retirement we knew we would struggle mightily to find anyone who could fill his shoes but wished him all the best with the opportunity to spend more time with the family he loved so much. We are all shocked at such an unexpected and tragic loss and he will be keenly missed by everyone who knew him at Medallion. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Judy Veighey

March 26, 2021

We would like to extend our condolences to you and wishing you strength and comfort at this difficult time. May God wrap His loving arms around your family. Steven will be dearly missed.
We always enjoyed our time at Kremkow events with him.

With love and prayers - Judy and Peter

FROM THE FAMILY
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Steve & Bob Vasko with catch of the day 22JN2019- Silver Creek, NY

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Bob, Ryan, Steve and Wanda on boat in Hanford Bay during a successful fishing day- 16JN2018

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Ryan, Bob, Wanda, Steve Vasko After Successful Fishing Day-22JN2019

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Shirley with Ella & Steve with Wesley after Baptism -3JN2018

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With grown up Leo.

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Tahquamenon Falls

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Grandpa & Lincoln

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Fishing with Scott