OBITUARY

Steven Henry Gresham

April 1, 1942October 9, 2021
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PEKIN ~ Steven Henry Gresham, 79, of Pekin, passed away at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, October 9, 2021 peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Born April 1, 1942 in Peoria to Simon Burnett and Emily (Holtzman) Gresham, he married Barbara Jo Beenders on July 27, 1963 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Washington. She survives.

Also surviving are three sons, David (Mindy) Gresham of St. Louis, Missouri, Allan (Donna) Gresham of Mapleton and Michael (Annette) Gresham of Delavan; eight grandchildren, Maddie, Joe, Tyson, Lauren, Morgan, Madison, Sidney and Molly and one brother, James (Kathy) Gresham of Decatur.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Patricia Curless and brother, Thomas Michael.

Steven was a 1960 graduate of Washington Community High School. He then attended Illinois State University earning his Bachelors of Education Degree in 1965.

He was a past 30-year board member of CISA (Central Illinois Service Access) and a former member of the Delavan Rotary and Pekin Boat Club, where he served as treasurer.

Steven began his teaching and coaching career in 1965 at Limestone Community High, where he taught Business and coached football. He then taught P.E. and coached basketball at Delavan High School until 1977. Steven later changed careers and began working as a Loan Officer at various banks in the area, which included Herget Bank, Tazewell Co. National Bank, Commerce Bank and retiring in 2005 from MidAmerica National Bank.

He enjoyed watching the St. Louis Cardinals, boating with friends and family and meeting his friends for breakfast. He found great joy fishing with his boys, watching his grandchildren play sports and watching high school sports throughout Central Illinois.

Steven was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Pekin.

His memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 16, 2021 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Pastor Stephen D. Barnes will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home. Inurnment will be at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon at Glendale Cemetery in Washington.

Memorial contributions may be given to Our Savior Lutheran Church, 2223 Sheridan Road, Pekin, Illinois 61554.

To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com

Services

  • Memorial Visitation

    Friday, October 15, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, October 16, 2021

  • Inurnment

    Saturday, October 16, 2021

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Jim Jost

October 16, 2021

Sorry to hear of Steve's passing. He was one of the good guys!

Bob and Becki Fisher

October 16, 2021

We are very sorry for your loss. Coach was a huge influence on our lives. He will always be"Coach" to us.

John Eigenbrod

October 16, 2021

Barb and family we are so sorry to hear of Coach’s passing. Coach was a very large part of turning many of fellow players, students and myself into what we are today. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family. Sincerely John and Dianne

Mick Livengood

October 16, 2021

Deb and I send our deepest sympathy to Mrs. Gresham and her sons.

Amy Kent

October 15, 2021

Barb, I was so sorry to hear about Steve, our family send their love and prayers. Love and Hugs Amy Kent

Donald Holtzman

October 15, 2021

Dear Barb, Jim and families, our deepest sympathy to you . We have fond memories of Steve, and pray for His peace to fill your hearts and give you strength. Love, Jeanne and Don

Wilma Gresham Minner

October 14, 2021

My sympathy to Barb and family on the death of Steve. I remember him when he was a young boy running around the house when first my boyfriend and I would be at their house. I later was married to his 1st cousin, Jerry, who died in 1956. Then I got to see Steve often when he lived in Delavan where we lived. He always held special memories for me. May the Lord comfort you during this time of grief.

Howard { ED } Jones

October 12, 2021

Barb,
So sorry to hear about Steve. I will always remember him as a friend as we went to grade school together.
I'll be praying for you and your family

ED Jones

Mel & Gerry Roustio

October 12, 2021

Gerry and I are deeply saddened by the passing of our former Washington, Illinois neighbor, Steve. Steve and Barb offered warm friendship when we moved to Washington in 1967. We send our sympathies to Barb and family. May precious memories sustain in this time of grief.

Jack Potter

October 11, 2021

Jim, so sorry to hear of Steve's passing. I know he was a special person and a great brother. My condolences to you and all of his family.
Jack

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