Stephen Extended | Obituaries | information-gazette.com

WHITE HEATH — Stephen C. Extensive, 70, of White Heath handed away all of a sudden at 11:12 a.m. Monday (Nov. 9, 2020) at property.

Steve was born Sept. 16, 1950, at Kirby Hospital in Monticello, the son of Arthur L. and Josephine (Ladd) Very long. He married Lisa Gans on Jan. 17, 1986, in Monticello.

He is survived by his spouse, Lisa Lengthy sons, Casey Lengthy and John-Thomas (Courtney) Brown grandchildren, Lennox, Anders and Kenza Brown and a brother, Bob Very long.

He was preceded in demise by his mom and dad and a brother, Ronnie Prolonged.

Steve was a golfing prodigy by age 11. His family members lived at and ran the Monticello Golfing Club for numerous decades, so the study course was pretty much his yard. 

Steve graduated from Monticello High College in 1968. He was a four-year captain of the golf team and broke state data whilst attending MHS. He experienced a lot of golfing scholarship offers to different schools across the country but selected to keep near to household to be shut to his mom and dad. He was finding out at SIU Carbondale when, in the slide 968, his brother was tragically killed in an vehicle accident although house on depart from the services. It was devastating for him and his loved ones, so he give up college and went house to assistance his mom and dad get the job done by way of it.  

Though back again at household, he determined to pursue his golf occupation and labored as the assistant pro at Lake of the Woods Golf Class in Mahomet. He determined to actually make a go of a skilled golfing job and moved out West and worked at various prestigious classes as a club pro at Valley Country Club and Skyline Region Club in Tuscon, Ariz. He then moved to Palm Desert, Calif., and was the professional at the Classic Club. He then was available a professional work in Colorado at the prestigious Cherry Hills State Club, house to U.S. Open gatherings. He felt at this place he experienced obtained many of his golfing goals but was lacking the a lot of other things in his lifestyle he was raised to benefit, these kinds of as pursuing his higher education diploma and possessing a loved ones, so he moved property and enrolled in the College of Illinois.

Steve graduated from the UI in 1987 with a bachelor’s diploma in political science and human health and fitness and providers. Though in college or university, he was capable, as a course undertaking, to co-manage and execute a reward Golf Event for Cystic Fibrosis with Dick Butkus, a football hero of his. He went on to work as an account govt for WDWS radio in Champaign. He was later on presented a occupation in administration from one particular of his purchasers, Terminix.  He served as common supervisor for the Champaign branch for some yrs and then decided to start his own business enterprise in the pest management market and formed Built-in Pest Management, Inc., which he co-owns with his spouse, Lisa, and is nevertheless functioning nowadays. He was performing toward retirement with the intention of passing the business enterprise down to his son, Casey, who has been operating complete time for the corporation given that 2014.

His passion for golfing never died, and just after putting family members and work 1st for a lot of a long time, he resolved at age 50 that he required to return to gold and engage in competitively once more. He played with the Illinois Midwest Amateur tour and won 8 of 11 tournaments and was named Participant of the Calendar year by the organization.

Steve was a man of numerous pursuits and hobbies. He relished working in the lawn and spending time with his young ones, grandkids and pals, specifically outside around a hearth grilling meat and telling tales. At an early age, he savored hunting and fishing and loved to inform tales of his activities. His other fantastic enthusiasm was music. He performed guitar in several bands about the a long time commencing in high college. He ongoing to manage, as properly as play in, bands all through his adult life time, sharing wonderful periods with fellow mates/bandmates from his childhood and new good friends together the way, right until 2020 when dwell new music was sidelined by the pandemic. He and Lisa loved likely out and listening to are living new music as well and traveling to tunes festivals.

Steve was a fighter with a large will to endure and accomplish. He fought back following two critical strokes in 2017 to stay a comprehensive and joyful daily life. He was an remarkable, tenacious, intelligent, type, multitalented man and will be missed by so many.

In light of the pandemic, private graveside family providers will be held. 

Even though he by no means served in the armed service, he arrived from a Gold Star household with his father and brother equally embellished war heros from WWII and the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion. In gentle of his incredible regard for the gentlemen and females who provide and sacrifice for our place, memorials can be made to the Wounded Warrier Undertaking. Condolences can be sent to the loved ones at mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com.