SALEM – Stephen Lynn Bledsoe, 76, of Salem, Ohio, passed away at his home on Sunday April 4, 2021.
He was born on June 18, 1944 in Huntington, West Virginia, to his parents, the late Hawkins and Opal (Fellure) Bledsoe.
He married Molly (Hamilton) on July 12, 1969 and spent 44 years leading wonderful lives together until their death in 2014. Stephen was a proud member of the US Army, where he spent two terms in Vietnam. He was with General Motors from the opening of the plant until his retirement in 1999 after more than 32 years of employment. His main responsibility was loading the new cars onto the trains.
Stephen liked to watch the nightly news to keep up with everything that was going on in the world. He was a fan of old style country music. He was a nature man with a heart. Fishing and hiking were Stephen’s most enjoyable activities. Stephen used to love to drive around with his brothers and see where the back streets would lead them. Stephen had a wonderful sense of humor and a big heart that went with it.
Stephen is survived by his son Stephen (Crystal) Bledsoe from Alabama; four grandchildren, Morgan and Taylor Bledsoe, Vivien Murphy and Henry Hood; Brothers John (Karen) Bledsoe of Charleston, W.Va., David (Trujean) Bledsoe, and Jim (Karen) Bledsoe, both of Fairmont, W.Va.
In addition to his wife and parents, a grandson, Ralph Murphy, who died in 2016, dies before Stephen.
A life ministry celebration will be held on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at the Arbaugh-Pearce-Greenisen & Sons Funeral Service, located at 1617 E. State Street, Salem, Ohio 44460. Visiting hours are Friday from 6pm to 8pm and Saturday from 12pm to 1pm. The Salem Honor Guard will pay military honors at the beginning of the service on Saturday.
Stephen will be buried in St. Joseph Cemetery (4500 Foley Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45238) on Monday, April 12, 2021.
Care was entrusted to the funeral and cremation services of Arbaugh-Pearce-Greenisen & Sons of Salem, Ohio.