Joseph Lee Stepp

February 5, 1947March 29, 2018

Joseph Lee Stepp, 71, of Laurens passed away Thursday, March 29, 2018 at Bassett Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was born February 5, 1947 in Hammond, Indiana the son of Kenneth George and Beatrice (Loudon) Stepp. Joe graduated from Hillsborough High School, Hillsborough, Florida. Following graduation he enlisted in the United States Army until his honorable discharge in 1971. While in the US Army he received a diploma from the US Army Security Agency. For 20 years, Joe was a Juvenile Aid Officer/Detective for the Oneonta Police Department. He retired in 1992. On July 30, 2005, he married Susan Hansen in Zephyrhills, Florida. He loved to read and go fishing. He was dedicated to helping others especially children. But his greatest joy was his family. He loved spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. Joe was a 50 year member of the American Legion Post 166 in Laurens; the Oneonta Police Benevolent Association; the LEAF Council of Alcoholism and the New York State Police Juvenile Officers Association. He received the New York State Cross for Conspicuous Service and the ARCOM. Joseph is survived by his loving wife, Susan H. Stepp, Laurens; mother, Beatrice Gibson, Tampa, FL; 2 children, Lee Stepp, Trumansburg and Kelly (John) Miller, Springfield, VA and their mother, Yvonne Stepp, Laurens; 2 step children, Pete (Janette) Buchanan, Lutz, FL and Julie Crawford, Zephyrhills, FL; 7 grandchildren, Gage Stepp, Jack and Dania Miller, John Crawford, Brianna Buchanan and Riley and Lathan Crawford; 3 sisters, Barbara (Sandy) Futch, Temple Terrace, FL, Constance Stepp, Tampa, FL and Terri Stepp, Tampa, FL; as well as many nieces nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his father, Kenneth Stepp. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 in the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main Street, Oneonta from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 11:00 AM in the funeral home. For those who wish memorial donations may be made to either the American Legion Post #1688 with a request for volunteer services or to the Boy Scouts of America Troop 10, Laurens, New York 13796 in loving memory of Joseph Lee Stepp. To light a candle or send an online condolence please visit Funeral arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.


  • Calling Hours Tuesday, April 3, 2018
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Joseph Lee Stepp

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Miki&Sadie CARVIN

April 13, 2018

We are saddened to hear of Joe's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the family.

Vic Ronovech

April 3, 2018

Joe affected the lives of hundreds of young people. He was a member of the Otsego Youth Bureau for 39 years; founder of the Youth Court and OPD Juvenile Aid Officer. The majority of the young people he helped never knew Joe and how he helped them along the course of their lives. All of the Youth Court members appreciated his direction and fairness. We were all blessed to know him. His family will carry on his Legacy.

Jesse Phillips

April 3, 2018

Joe was a wonder role mode to so many in the community and surrounding area. He treated me very well as a young teen while I was getting in trouble. He was kind and gentle. Most of all I am very fortunate for the his children Kelly And Lee for being great friends over the years. These times are tough and I admire their strength. Rest easy Joe.

Constance Stepp

April 2, 2018

You are on the hearts and minds of many. There's a hole in the world with your name on it. Godspeed, big brother.

Lisa Layton

March 31, 2018

To the family, Joe's friendship meant a lot to us, but it was especially to my son, Anthony. He had a special bond with Joe, and I know when I sat with Joe, he loved to talk about Anthony, and how proud of him he was. That meant more to me than anything, A positive role model is never as appreciated as they should be, helping mold our young people to be upstanding citizens. It truly takes a village, and Joe understood that, with his many dedicated years with youth, especially my son . RIP, friend.

Richard Parsons

March 31, 2018

I did not know Joe long but the time I did I realized that Joe was a great man and I know he enjoyed helping and working with children.
We worked together when I was adjutant and Joe was treasurer at the Legion and I know Joe really enjoyed the Legion.
My sincere condolences to the family because I am away and will not make the funeral.

Rich Parsons, Laurens American Legion Commander