Steven D. Crispen, 58, Rochester, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, at his residence following a brief illness.
On March 30, 1960, he was born in Rochester to Frederick Dean and Ramona Mae Phillips Crispen. Growing up he shared his childhood with two sisters and two brothers. As a fiery Comet, during his high school track career he was known for his fleet feet. He ran the mile in four minutes and twenty seconds. In 1979, he graduated from Caston High School.
Steve and Donna Jane Rock were married on Sept. 22, 2006, in Rochester by Mayor Phil Thompson. Sadly, she passed away on Nov. 23, 2008, due to injuries sustained from a motor vehicle accident.
A true American sportsman, he loved being outdoors. He looked forward to hunting season and bagging the big one. He was an expert fisherman, fishing many lakes and ponds around Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Ohio. His family and fishing friends remember his angler’s wisdom on a slow fishing day, “the water is too wet for the fish to bite.”
As an amazing auto mechanic he was gifted working with his hands. With a huge heart, he would help anyone in need whether they were broken down along the road or a bit short of cash. He loved making everyone happy. As a Grandpa, he looked forward to visits and spending time with his grandchildren. He especially enjoyed family celebrations.
Left to cherish Steve Crispen’s memories are two daughters: Amanda M. Barnes and companion Wes Cobe, Denver; Katherine R. Schlosser and companion William Allen, Rochester; a son, Matthew Hart and wife Autumn, Rochester; step-son Mitch Thornton, Macy; 12 grandchildren: Antonio, Taylor, Jacob, Haley, Brooke, Curtis, Katlynn, Bo, Shane, Mason, Allaynna, Audrey; two sisters: Louise Kaiser and Judy Jones, both of Macy; two brothers: Rodney Crispen, Akron, Michael Crispen, Logansport; several nieces and nephews; and his canine companion, Lady.
Preceding Steve Crispen in death are his parents Fred and Ramona Crispen, beloved wife Donna, and paternal great-grandparents, Francis and Bernice Crispen.
Chaplain Jason See will officiate services. Military Honors will be conducted by the Fulton County Veteran’s Honor Guard and the US Army Honors Team. Interment will be in the Richland Center IOOF Cemetery.