OBITUARY

Steve Hart

September 3, 1943November 17, 2020
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Steve Hart (Kenneth S. Hart, Sr) died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on November 17. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Susan (Gjukis) Hart, son and daughter-in-law Ken and Kris Hart, daughter and son-in-law Heather and Brian Greene, grandsons Kyle (Megan) Hart, Kevin (Jessica) Hart, and Benjamin Greene.

He was born September 3, 1943 in Battle Creek, MI, graduated from Battle Creek High School and earned his bachelor’s degree in math from Valparaiso University. During his career he worked in the computer department (now called IT) at Security National Bank which became Comerica in Battle Creek. His work there included assisting with the launch of “cutting edge technology” - the ATM machine. In the 80’s he and his family moved to Lilburn, GA to work with FFMC, where he was a pivotal member of the company softball team for several years.

Steve was a life-long Episcopalian and member of St. Michael and All Angels church in Stone Mountain for almost four decades. He served in many roles in the church, his favorite being a lay reader and chalice bearer. His faith in God was the guiding force of his life and his mantra was “This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

Steve was a very active member of the Lions Club International for more than 30 years. During 2002-2003, he served as the District Governor for Lions Club District 18-D, traveling state to visit and support Lions working to help the visually impaired and serve their communities. He held many positions with the Lions but more than anything he was ready and willing to help however he could. Whether it was making snow cones or funnel cakes, selling white canes or pecans, he would don the bright yellow vest and eagerly volunteer.

Steve met Susan at the A&W Drive-In and his opening line was, “I have all of the Kingston Trio Albums” (unbeknownst to him, Susan didn’t own a record player) but it worked, and they married a few months later. Together they spent 56 years living, loving, and having many, many adventures. He was a fantastic father - not only to his own children, but to whoever showed up at Sunday dinner. His absolute greatest joy was his grandsons and without a doubt he was the World’s Best Grandpa.

Besides his family, his great love was baseball, especially the Detroit Tigers. One of his greatest experiences was participating in the Tiger Fantasy Baseball Camp as a catcher for Mickey Lolich during a game. He took many trips to Spring Training, to visit stadiums, and to the Baseball Hall of Fame, culminating in attending the induction of favorite Tiger Players Alan Trammell and Jack Morris accompanied by his son and oldest grandsons.

Steve was known for his quiet nature and wonderful sense of humor. While it can’t be proven, it is believed he was the originator of ‘bad dad jokes’ and his puns were legendary. He loved the Sunday comics, doing crossword puzzles, and had a personal goal to complete the newspaper’s daily jumble in his head.

The family will receive visitors Tuesday, November 24 from 2:00-4:00 pm at Eternal Hills Funeral Home on Stone Mountain Hwy. The funeral service will be held Wednesday, November 25 at 10:00 am at St Michael and All Angels Church, Stone Mountain. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the charity of your choice or Special Olympics Georgia (specialolympicsga.org) or the Atlanta Mission (atlantamission.org).

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, November 24, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, November 25, 2020

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PDG Chris and Sheila Sumner

November 29, 2020

We are so sorry to hear of Steve's passing. I served with Steve on the Georgia Lions Council of District Governors in 2002-2003. Not only do I think of him as a great Lion of service, but also as a humble, caring friend who was always there to assist me and give careful advise when I asked. Steve helped me with several projects including services to Youth & Children. Susan, our prayers and thoughts are with you and the family.

John Pearce

November 25, 2020

So sorry to learn of Lion Steve’s passing. May special blessings come your way in the years ahead.
Love to all, John & Ina Mae Pearce

Steve and Angela Helwig

November 24, 2020

Hart family (especially Susan): Much saddened to read of Steve's passing. He was a VERY special person (as are you) that it was our privilege to know and call friend. He will be missed.

Kathie Morrison

November 24, 2020

Dearest Hart Family,

Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. Steve and I shared growing up in the Battle Creek area. We often shared BC stories while we were at work. I was please to be there and share in his joy the day he retired! He will be deeply missed by all those who knew him.

Hugs and prayers,

Kathie Morrison

WAYNE WHITE

November 24, 2020

had planned to attend both visitation and funeral service, but covid intervened. remember visits to your home as we prepared for state convention years ago., the bleachers, and the bird feeding. STEVE HAD A GREAT, MEANINGFUL LIFE . IMPACTING HIS FAMILY, LIONS, COMMUNITY AND CHURCH KNOWING HIM AND YOU.IS A TREASURE.... HAVING LOST A LOVING SPOUSE, I KNOW THE HOLE IN THE HEART WILL ALWAYS BE THERE,BUT TIME WILL LESSEN THEPAIN, AND THE JOYS OF REMEMBERING THE GOOD THINGS WILL BE APPRECIATED. MAY GOD GRANT YOU HIS PEACE THROUGH THE DAYS AHEAD ......WAYNE WHITE

Ed Yoriko Hashbarger

November 24, 2020

We're shocked. Our prayers are with you and the family. We will always remember our relation with you and Steve. While Yoriko was talking recipes with Susan, I would be out with Steve mainly talking about Lions. Yoriko and I appreciate the support you and Steve gave and I hope we did the same for you all. Steve worked tirelessly both at the Lions club level and Lions state level. He was a great humanitarian and will surely be missed by the Lions of Georgia.

Peter Sternberg

November 23, 2020

Steve is a true teammate and gentlemen. I'm so thankful for the many many memories of he and I playing softball side by side. Steve's positive attitude and gentle nature impacted the whole team. While I'm saddened by Steve's passing, I'm overjoyed at the peace and comfort he is now experiencing.

Shawn and Christy Hendrickson

November 22, 2020

Thinking of you and your family right now and wishing you much peace and happiness. I can see him now coming out of the cornfield onto that field of dreams with all those great, old Tigers waiting to play catch.
Love to you all,
Shawn and Christy

Angela Williams

November 22, 2020

Dear Mrs. Hart and Family,
Our deepest condolences to you on the passing of Lion PDG Steve Hart. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. It has been a pleasure to have known Steve and to serve the community with him. He had a servant’s heart and was always willing to help others. Steve was loved by all who came in contact with him and he will be greatly missed. Rest in heaven Lion PDG Steve Hart.
Snellville Lions Club

vaughn gresly

November 22, 2020

We played pong and had so much fun and he will be sorely missed all my love 💕 to all of you

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