OBITUARY

Steven Paul Valerius

December 5, 1954May 10, 2012

Steven Paul Valerius passed away on Thursday, the 10th of May 2012, in La Porte, Texas.

Steve was born on the 5th of December 1954, in Pasco, Washington, to Mary Nell Cates Valerius and Michael Marcus Valerius. He attended the United States Coast Guard Academy, and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 1976 with a Bachelor's degree in accounting. Upon his graduation, Steve became a CPA. In 1991, Steve received his J.D. from the South Texas School of Law.

He began his career with Peat Marwick in 1976, and then joined Hollywood Marine in 1979, progressing to become executive vice president. In 1999, Steve became president of Kirby Inland Marine, retiring in 2009. Most recently, Steve was working with the Lawrence family interests, including Bayou City Pump and Forrest Services, LLC.

Over the years, Steve was active in many organizations, including serving as the chairman of The American Waterways Operators and The Texas Waterway Operators Association, serving with the Gulf Intracoastal Canal Association, The Waterways Council, and the National Waterways Conference. He was also a former president of The Texas Nature Conservancy, served on the board of the Houston Yacht Club, and was active as the current chairman of the Advisory Board of Texas A&M at Galveston. He served on the Water Board of La Porte, the Gulf Coast Conservation Association, Boys and Girls Harbor, The Rotary Club, Quail Unlimited, the Texas Wildlife Association, Ducks Unlimited, and the Old Highway 146 Club. Steve was also a member of the Coronado Club.

Steve was an avid fly fisherman, hunter, and boater. He was a master of the grill and the kitchen, and a wine enthusiast. Steve was a naturalist, always interested in bird watching and conservation. He was an artist who enjoyed painting. Steve was an observer of Texas history and traditions. He was a well read and broad thinker, a fixer of all things and problems, and a lover of people.

He is survived by his wife, Connie Cannon Valerius; sister, Marguerite Valerius Ference and her husband, Bruce Earl Ference; niece, Kathryn Ference; nephew, George Michael Ference; and many, many friends and relatives who loved him dearly.

A memorial service is to be conducted at eleven o'clock in the morning on Wednesday, the 16th of May, at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 717 Sage Road in Houston, where the Rev. Katherine F. "Kate" Picot, Associate Rector for Pastoral Care, is to officiate.

Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the adjacent Bagby Parish Hall.

In lieu of flowers and customary remembrances, the family suggests contributions, in Steve's memory, be directed to the Galveston Bay Foundation, 17330 State Highway 3, Webster, TX, 77598; or to the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, c/o Dr. Fred Bryant, Director, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, 700 University Blvd., MSC 218, Kingsville, TX, 78363.

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Samuel Elliott

May 28, 2012

Steve was a good man. He will be missed. My deepest condolences to the family.

Carol A. Ward

May 26, 2012

I worked with Steve for fourteen years at Hollywood and Kirby and wish his family my deepest condolences. Connie my prayers are with you. He was a very special person.

Jaime Vera

May 25, 2012

I first met Steve while performing for guests at the Hollywood Camp in Falfurias throught the Lawrence family. Everytime he would come down he would request me to play for him and his group and everytime I was very excited to see him again. He was a very kind and generous man, and gave me lots of great advice for certain things in life. He was excited to learn that I was graduating this year and gave me inspiration to do my best in school and to succeed. I was very sad to hear of his passing and it hit me pretty hard. I was very lucky to have known him and I feel very privileged to have him in my life. I now will honor his memory by making something of myself and I will always remember his kind words and advice. I will always remember him. I express my deepest condolences to his family and friends. May God be with you all in this time of sorry.
Sincerely, Jaime A. Vera

dennis chambers

May 23, 2012

Talked to steve not long ago and told him we missed having him around at Kirby . We shared some good times together over the years. Rest in peace steve,it was a pleasure knowing you

Janet Luce Carrigan

May 21, 2012

My deepest and heartfelt sympathy for your loss. Steve was a special person who emcompassed intelligence, caring and a wicked sense of humor. In high school Steve was a dear friend. After we graduated he became a close friend to my dad; we are the better to have known him. You and yours are in my prayers.

Doug McMurrey

May 21, 2012

Steve was one of my best friends for many many years. I will miss him.

Doug McMurrey

John and Leska Valerius

May 18, 2012

Connie,Marguerite, and family, We are praying that God will comfort you in your loss as you turn to Him.

bruce reeves

May 17, 2012

Connie - so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Candy Garrison

May 17, 2012

Rest in peace.

Kathy Behrens

May 16, 2012

I knew Steve through my friendship with Marguerite. He was a good "big brother" and I know that his passing leaves a great big hole in all of your hearts. My prayers are with you.