Stephen William Foldesh, 73, of Peoria, Arizona, died August 10, 2019 at Hospice of the Valley in Surprise, Arizona.

Steve was born September 27, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois, son of Elmer William and (Hodan) Marie Foldesh. He moved to Arizona in 1959 and he graduated from high school in Glendale, Arizona. He made his home in the valley until early 1980’s then moved to the White Mountains of Arizona. Steve worked for Mallco Hardware 15-18 years which is a branch off of O’Mally lumber. He also was a representative for Diamond Tool Sales in Northeastern Arizona. He managed “Camera World.” In his later years he was employed by Home Depot and Walmart. Steve married Cynthia J. Stickleman on May 17, 2001 at Show Low, Arizona.

Steve enjoyed sports. As a youth, he loved to ice skate. As a young adult he enjoyed dove hunting. Throughout his life, he kept up with sports news, NFL games and Nascar. In the past year, living at Lake Pleasant, his early morning ritual was sitting out in the sun with his cup of coffee and watching the boats on the water and watching the wildlife. The love of Steve’s life was his family. He was actively involved in every activity his children and grandchildren were interested in. He cherished spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife Cynthia Stickelman of Lakeside, Arizona, three sons, Christian (James), Jeremiah, Joshua all of Lakeside, Arizona; three step-sons, Eric (Kristy) Robinson, of North Platte, NE; Jay Keough, Scott Keough; daughters Hailley of Anthem, Arizona, Christiana of Lakeside, Arizona; Jodi (Ryan) MacKenzie of Anthem, Arizona; Lisa (Mathew) Gear of Mesa, Arizona, Kristy Keough; 20 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren; brother Bill Foldesh of Gilbert, Arizona; Robert (Carol) Foldesh of Peoria, Arizona, brother David (Sheree) Foldesh of Sun City West, Arizona; sister Wendy (Dale) McCullough of Peoria, Arizona; 17 nieces and nephews, and 28 cousins.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents Elmer and Marie Foldesh, sister Sharon Jones, sister-in-law Lynda Foldesh.

Graveside Services were held at Gothenburg Cemetery on Friday, August 16, 2019, next to his wife Cynthia’s family.

Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, August 25, 2019, at 3 p.m. at the Licano Steak House, 573 West Deuce of Clubs, Show Low, Arizona.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of the Valley, 14066 W Waddell RD, Surprise, AZ 85379. To sign the online guest book, go to