Bisch Funeral Home


Steven L York

September 23, 1950October 14, 2020

Springfield, IL-Steven L. York, 70, of Springfield, passed away at 2:32 am Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at St. John’s Hospital.

Steve was born in Centralia, IL September 23, 1950. He enlisted in the United States Army September 17, 1968 and served in the Vietnam War from September 16, 1969 until September 15, 1970. He earned the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 Device. He was honorably discharged from service, September 16, 1974.

After military service, Steve returned to college where he earned a Master of Education degree. He served as an educator with the Illinois Department of Corrections for many years, retiring in 2012.

Steve, a strong man of faith, volunteered with the Carpenter’s for Christ, traveling throughout building churches and other buildings. He was a strong supporter of the American Red Cross and had a passion for many other charitable organizations. He was a member of Grace Southern Baptist Church in Virden, IL.

Surviving are his two sons; Jason York and Derek (wife Jami) York both of Springfield, a granddaughter and a step grandson, his sister, Dodie (husband Lynn) Meredith of Odin IL, several nieces, nephews and cousins as well as a host of friends and extended family.

In accordance with Steve’s wishes, cremation rites will be accorded by the Bisch Crematory.

Private family graveside services will be held in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO. Military honors will be provided by the United States Army.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may direct memorial contributions to the Carpenter’s for Christ c/o Cherry Street Baptist Church 520 Cleveland Ave. Attalla, AL 35954

Arrangements are in the care of Bisch Funeral Home West. 217-544-5424 Online condolences may be left for the family at


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Nancy Wesling

October 27, 2020

We here at the Pregnancy Care Clinic were so saddened to hear of Steve's passing. He's been a wonderful supportive friend to this ministry for several years. Our prayers are with his family and friends. He was a blessing to many!

Michelle Friar

October 20, 2020

Derek & Jason,
I’m so sorry for your loss. Your dad was a good guy. I will remember him for his love of education. He called my house one time years ago, thinking he had called my Mom & Dad (Ken & Gloria York). We talked for probably 45 minutes before he realized that he hadn’t called their house, but had somehow called mine. He asked me a lot of questions, so many that I thought he had called just to talk to me! He wanted to hear about my college education, and was interested in my work. We had some similar interests and experiences where school was concerned. I believe around that time he was going back to school for his masters degree, and he stressed the importance of lifelong learning. We had a really great conversation and he was so easy to talk to! My sincere condolences on your loss.

Braden Bost

October 19, 2020

My condolences for your loss of Steve.

Mr. York was my 3rd grade teacher in the 1988-89 school year at Laketown, and of all my teachers he was always the one I remembered the most fondly. I was able to reconnect with him a couple of times over the last couple years and I'm glad to have had that chance. Among other things, I'm glad I was able to apologize to him for the terror I and my classmates were on that field trip to the Capitol Building.

Tina Hughes

October 18, 2020

I knew Steve from Carpenters For Christ. He always had a story accompanied with the biggest smiles and hearty laughs. He will be truly missed. He’s cutting it up in Heaven having a great time. My most sincerest condolences to the family.

Tom Theiss

October 18, 2020

Talking with Jamie Derek and Jason during Steve’s visitation reminded me of the greatness that I knew about Steve. You were all so gracious and kind just like Steve. While sharing some of my experiences with you from working with Steve at the Graham and Western correctional centers, I could see wonderful resemblances of Steve in Derek and Jason. Steve was a man of great integrity and strong in his Christian faith. He could be quite serious, but was always thankful for a good laugh. I am happy to say that we had many great laughs together in the teachers lounge, the golf course or at that little restaurant we enjoyed in Mount Sterling. Although it is extremely sad to know that Steve has left us all to soon, it is greatly rewarding to know that he has a wonderful family to carry on his great love for life and his faith!

David Stewart

October 18, 2020

We are sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing. We both worked with him at IDOC. He was a good friend of my Dad’s. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you during this difficult time.

Davis Stewart and Heather Voss

Phil Wood

October 18, 2020

He was my friend, and I’m going to miss him. He loved his kids and grandkids. Talked about them a lot. He’s with God now.

Shelly Hall (Symmonds)

October 18, 2020

I cant seem to find the words to express how deeply sorry I am for your loss Jason and Derek. I dug deep into my phone looking for a photo of your dad and you guys, then it dawned on me, your dad was the one that always took the photos with his phone!! He was so good at remembering to get a photo at every visit, as dreadful as it was at times, lol, what a great gift he left you both. Your dad was always the best dressed and had the cleanest car. I will never forget the encouraging text message he sent when I moved out west, he truly did want the best for everyone he met. He will be greatly missed.

Gloria York

October 17, 2020

My condolences to the York family on the passing of Steve. I know he will be missed by family and the many people he helped and befriended throughout his life's endeavors. I will miss his thoughtfulness. He always made a point of keeping in touch throughout the year to check on how the California York relatives were doing.
He is now with his Lord which is what we all strive for when our time here on earth in through. Rest in Peace Steve.

Robin Deacon

October 17, 2020

I worked 27 years at western Illinois correctional center. I remember Steve well. Had several good conversations with him. He also talked to me about Vietnam which most don't like to do understandably. He was a very good man. So sorry for your loss.


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