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Demaine Funeral Home

5308 Backlick Road, Springfield, VA

OBITUARY

Stephen Michael Wilson

March 15, 1964May 25, 2020

Stephen Michael Wilson was summoned by the Valkyries on Memorial Day May 25th, 2020. To those who knew Steve, he was a loving husband, a fiercely proud Marine, brother, metal-head, part time Viking, and a kind friend. For those who didn’t have the privilege to know Steve, you really missed out. Steve was born in South Korea on March 15, 1964 to his parents George and Trudy Wilson. He was proud of his military heritage and often spoke about his father who served with Patton's 3rd Army and an Uncle who participated in D-Day in World War II. Steve was preceded in death by his mother, father, brother and sister. Following graduation from high school in Warren, Michigan, Steve was a guitarist in the Detroit Punk Band "Plain Truth." Steve initially decided to join the Army with the hopes of becoming a paratrooper. However, when he arrived to the recruiting office the Army recruiter was not in; so in true Steve fashion he impulsively decided to enlist in the Marines. Steve served as an Antitank Assaultman with AT TOW Co 3rd Tank Battalion and deployed in 1985 and 1986 to Okinawa where he subsequently was sent to the Philippines and Camp Fuji, Japan. Following his completion of active duty, Steve entered the United States Marine Corps reserve while a student at Texas Tech University. He served as a squad leader with an anti-tank unit in Desert Storm. Steve was known as a professional who looked out for his fellow Marines and maintained a sense of humor even when things seemed to be at the worst. Steve was proud to be a Marine and honored the motto Semper-Fidelis throughout his life. Following his return from Desert Storm he married, moved to Austin and opened an antique store. He and his then wife joined the Army where he served as infantryman with the 101st Airborne. During this time, he attended the Defense Language Institute where he became a Chinese linguist. Following the conclusion of his enlistment in the Army, (ok folks, be sure you read this next part in a hushed tone) Steve worked for the US federal government for several years involved in secret squirrel activities focused on national security issues. Steve lived a life of service to our country and was a true patriot. Steve met the love of his life Erika later in life. He loved Erika deeply. She made him truly happy and he could always make her laugh. Following their first date Steve knew immediately he had met his soul mate and described Erika to his friends as his "spirit animal." Steve and Erika were married on Veterans Day November 11, 2018 in Alexandria, Virginia. They made a simple, comfortable life together. Whether it was blasting The Misfits, strumming his Aria guitar, cooking with Erika, wrestling his dog Bonnie, eating orange sherbet, or watching a Cohen Brothers movie for the hundredth time Steve enjoyed life as it came to him. Steve leaves behind his wife Erika, his step-daughters Heather (Derek) Norris and Sonia (James) Ray, three grandchildren, his dog Bonnie, and countless friends and Marine brothers. Steve, we love and miss you. See you in Valhalla. P.S. Sorry Steve, we couldn’t do a Viking funeral. Turns out it’s illegal to burn bodies in boats in Virginia.

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Mike Barefoot

June 26, 2020

Steve was one of the most caring and generous persons I've ever met. Quick to offer financial aid, a vehicle, or even his time to assist anyone in need. My favorite memories of him are as a hilarious, quick witted, man who could do any accent, with a love for the USMC, Vikings, heavy metal, and of course Erika. Although Steve had some bad days with chronic pain, I was uplifted and comforted to see his whole life change for the better once he married Erika. He was a new man after that and you could certainly see it in his face and demeanor. He could talk about any topic in great depth which made for many fascinating conversations. Steve was a great friend, a true American patriot, and a dedicated Marine, who's sea stories I could listen to all day. Truly hilarious and enlightening. From the Maryland RennFest to the Marine Corps Ball, to a Red Dawn party, to our work and dinner conversations, there was no better person to have at my side in those moments. Although he was in and out of pain a lot, I'm comforted by the fact that those days are now behind him. This world has truly lost a great man but heaven has gained an amazing soul. GOD bless you brother and we'll all see you soon. Semper Fi, Devil Dog.

Cassandra Florian

June 1, 2020

Steve was an incredible force of nature who swept in like a late Summer wind and put a smile on your face. We will forever have our memories with him...... Viking raids, late nights outside in Reston, and my husband has a deep past with him as a Marine. He was always there if we needed him. And he had one of the most generous hearts I have known. We love you Steve, and we will continue to love your Erika for the rest of our earthly lives.

Jan and George NORRIS

May 31, 2020

Sounds like a life well lived but much too short. George and I are both so happy that we had the opportunity to meet Steve at Derek and Heather's wedding. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Audie Stout

May 30, 2020

Steve you are missed. Blue Sky’s Brother see you on the LZ Marine.

Kirk Weir

May 30, 2020

On of the best impression artists i've ever known, Steve came up with the moniker "Captain Goiter" for the man with the largest adam's apple I believe any of us had ever seen (Subic Bay, '85). If Steve saw an event, he could synthesize something thigh-slappingly funny out of it and keep the rest of us in stitches. He took his duties (but not so much himself) seriously - a consummate professional. I'll remember his bliss at finding Erika. Mostly I'll remember the fine man, the fine Husband, the fine Marine and the gift he still is to all of us who were blessed to know him. Love you, Pallie. (photo is Steve in his "Capt. Goiter" pose)

Erika Vincent

May 29, 2020

My beloved husband, he loved to make me laugh. We had some adventures in Savannah, being locked out and sleeping in the hallway, going on ghost tours, and forgetting to pack pants for a suit for a wedding. I love this man more than words describe. I know he loved me as deeply as I loved him. He was the smartest man, full of anecdotal history tidbits, knew everything about movies and actors and I just loved the fountain of knowledge.

Peter Wardenburg

May 29, 2020

Steve,
You truly embodied everything that is right and good about the Marine Corps and America. I am honored to have had the privilege of serving with you. Rest easy now, my brother, your reward is at hand.

Doug Dry

May 29, 2020

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“On behalf of the President of the United States, the United States (Marine Corps, and a grateful nation, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one's honorable and faithful service.”

My heart is heavy as a fellow Marine that served with Corporal Stephen Taylor during Desert
Shield/Storm along with 187 Marines and 4 sailors, that became brothers, comprising our Anti-Tank (TOW) Company, 4th Tank Battalion assigned to the Second Marine Division. May his family find some peace and comfort in knowing he was loved and respected by so many of great character and virtue. Lt. Col. Doug Dry, USMCR retired.

Stuart Sperling

May 29, 2020

I had the privilege and honor to serve with Stevie in 29 Palms California and Camp Fuji Japan. Your never ending smile will be etched in my memory. You will be missed greatly!
Tow Critter forever!
Semper Fi Brother!

Mike Hight

May 29, 2020

I met Stevie through my brother Rob when they were in the Marines. A real individual and character always ready for a laugh, song or fight—if possible all at the same time. I remember his pride at being a Marine, his commitment to rock, and his care for the tools of his trade (guitars and rifles).

Fare well ! We dedicate this pyre to you.

FROM THE FAMILY