In Memory

Richard Wayne Steppy - Class Of 1963

Richard Wayne Steppy

Richard Steppy
1944 - 2016

Steppy Richard “Wayne” Steppy was born on June 26, 1944 in Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania. He passed on May 31, 2016 after a courageous battle with brain cancer. First in Wayne's life was family, and he was a husband, father, grandfather, and brother. When the first grandson was born, Wayne took 2 years off from work to become his caregiver. He was the son of Chester and Frances Steppy who proceeded him in death. He is survived by his wife of 51 years Jan Steppy of Riverview, Florida, his son Richard Wayne Steppy, Jr., wife Rachel, and four grandchildren Samuel, Evan, Elijah, and Jeremiah of Ft. Worth, Texas. He is also survived by his son Brian Glenn Steppy of Nashville, Tennessee. Also surviving is a brother David and sister-in-law Vicki of Riverview, Florida. His father was in the Air Force, and he had the opportunity as a youth to live in many states as well as Guatemala and Japan. He graduated from high school in Tampa, Florida in 1963. Wayne joined the Army in 1964, and he had a very successful career attaining the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 3 before his retirement after 20 years in 1984. During his service, he earned many medals and awards, but he was most proud of the two bronze stars with valor earned in Vietnam, and pilot wings earned as a helicopter pilot. After his retirement from the Army, Wayne continued working in the aviation industry. He had around 35 years of total experience in aviation working as a fixed base operations manager, technical inspector, and mechanic. Wayne loved photography and natural beauty, and after retiring from the aviation industry, he loved to travel and photograph wildlife and landscapes. It was a very spiritual experience for him. Sharing the wonders of God's creation with others was a form of ministry. Wayne loved people, and he never knew a stranger. He enjoyed life to its fullest. Friends and family loved him dearly, and he will be missed.

The Johnson High alumni will miss Richard very much.