Steve Allen Warren

December 11, 1954 ~
January 23, 2024

PLEASE NOTE, EDITED VERSION: Steven A. Warren, age 69, of Grand Rapids traveled the road to his heavenly home on Tuesday, January 23, 2024, following a battle with cancer. Steve was born in Muskegon, MI where in the first grade he met “my number one”, the love of his life, his wife, Jane. They started dating in high school and married three years after graduation in 1976. Steve had many interests and hobbies, but ahead of hunting, fishing, and golfing, “Papa’s” first love was attending his precious grandchildren‘s music, sports, and dance events. Steve bled Green in many ways! He loved being “on the 18th” Green at Thousand Oaks! He loved the Kent County Road Commission’s Green trucks! He loved his Michigan State Spartans (Go Green!). He and the Spartans both suffered through a challenging fall. He had a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Urban Planning degree with specialization in Transportation from MSU. Steve will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Jane Elliott; his daughters: Annie (Matt) Meyer, and Emily (Mitch) Blink, grandchildren: Josie and Jack Meyer; Ellie and Audrey Blink; his sister, Marcia Leonard; his brother, Jim (Carol) Warren; sisters-in-law: Elizabeth Forbes and Margaret Willman; many nieces, nephews, cousins, dear friends, and especially by his fur-baby, Phoebe. He was preceded in death by his parents: Don Warren, Dorothy (Warren) McCready, and stepfather, Ken McCready, parents-in-law: Henry and Alberta Elliott, and brother-in-law, Frank Willman. Steve worked for the Kent County Road Commission since 1988 and was named Managing Director in 2013. In addition to providing overall administrative leadership for over 10 years, Steve managed KCRC’s long and short range strategic planning programs, established an integrated asset management program, and led several major improvement projects. The road commission’s new central complex at 1900 4 Mile Rd. came to fruition under his vision and direction. Steve’s influence extended far beyond his role at KCRC. He was a long-standing board member of the County Road Association (CRA), having previously served terms as both president and vice president. He was also a founding member of Michigan’s Transportation Asset Management Council and previously served as chairman of both the Transportation Policy Committee and Regional Geographic Information System (REGIS) for the Grand Valley Metro Council. His leadership not only drove the road commission’s success but also influenced road agencies statewide. The KCRC was not only his place of business, it was his pride, passion, and second family. Steve will be remembered as a faith-filled, gentle man, who was incredibly strong, honest, and had an abundance of common sense. At the end of his life, the Corewell Health, Butterworth, 5th floor, oncology unit were all so caring and Emmanuel Hospice was very comforting to our family. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, February 2, at 12 p.m. at St. Jude Catholic Church, 1120 4 Mile Rd NE, Grand Rapids, with Fr. Patrick Cawley presiding. A luncheon will be provided following the service. Relatives and friends may meet the family Thursday, February 1, from 5-8 p.m., with a vigil starting at 7 p.m. at MKD Stegenga Funeral Chapel, 1601 Post Dr. NE, Belmont. Those who plan to attend the visitation, feel free to wear your green! Those who wish, may make memorial contributions to Emmanuel Hospice.

Visitation
Thursday, February 1
5:00pm - 8:00pm

MKD - Belmont
1601 Post Dr. NE
Belmont, MI 49306

Phone: (616) 866-7200

Vigil
Thursday, February 1
7:00pm - 8:00pm

MKD - Belmont
1601 Post Dr. NE
Belmont, MI 49306

Phone: (616) 866-7200

Mass of Christian Burial
Friday, February 2
12:00pm

St. Jude Parish
1120 4 Mile Rd NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Phone: 6163636885

Leave Your Tribute Message

February 06, 2024 3:12pm
My deepest condolences to Jane and Steve's family members on his sad and way too soon passing. As members of the Hillside Condominium/Thousand Oaks community, my husband I are grateful for all he did to share his expertise and professional talents in order to make our neighborhood a welcoming and well managed place to live. We will also miss observing his "walks" with Jane and sweet Phoebe down to our end of the development. As fellow "Frenchie" owners, we truly appreciated watching him "teach" her how to go for a walk. Jane, we are so very sorry for your tremendous loss and pray that a lifetime of precious memories help to comfort you at this very difficult time. Fondly, Carolyn Jereck and Jim Walainis

- Carolyn Jereck

January 31, 2024 4:12pm
Jane, my deepest condolences. You guys were such a cute couple❤️ I pray that God gives you peace with his decision and much joy in your memories.

- Diane Hawkins

January 31, 2024 2:05pm
Steve was always welcoming with his time and sharing of his knowledge. There were countless times I called him for advice. His years of public service, including on the Transportation Asset Management Council, made a difference. With our deepest sympathies to his family and our KCRC team. May he rest in peace.

- Joanna Johnson

January 30, 2024 8:46am
Steve was a special person who knew how to welcome you and make you feel comfortable in his charismatic way. Praying for family members at this difficult time.

- Donald Kimball

January 29, 2024 4:01pm
Jane, so sorry for your loss, prayers are out to you and your family during this difficult time

- Carol Ullery

January 25, 2024 6:40pm
Tribute to his big heart

- John Wesley Archie

January 25, 2024 6:38pm
Steve was a really good hearted guy. I will miss him dearly. He always had a open ear for me , that meant so much to me. I will miss him dearly. My deepest condolences to his family. He will be truly missed by many. Praying for peace and understanding for his family and friends. God bless you all.

- John Wesley Archie




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