In Memory

Steven R. Fields

Steven R. Fields

Steven Fields, Sr. 70, beloved husband of Sandy of Norridge, IL; Passed away suddenly on June 1, 2021.

 Loving father of Lt. Colonel Steve Fields, Jr. USA (Anna), Jackie (Mark), Jennene, PhD (Rasdip, PhD), Trina R.N. (Rob C.P.A.).  Loving grandpa of Jarrett, Tyler, Lucas, Isabella, Megan, Tiffany, Kartar, Kamdan, Brooke, Zack and Klare. Special loving friend of Jeff (Amanda), Collin, Evan, Madeline, & Nathan Rehm.

Born in Wood River, IL, on  April 16, 1951. Grew up in Alton, IL. Moved to Chicago for employment in the food industry and met his wife in college. Would be celebrating 48 years of marriage this September.

Son of the late Pete & late Jean Fields, dear brother of Ken (Jackie) and Tom (Karen). Fond uncle to many nieces and nephews. He was an all out loving person and loved by many family and friends. Celebration of Life Luncheon was held in private.


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06/05/21 06:21 PM #1    

Kenneth R. Cook

Though I have lived on the East Coast most of my life and have not seen Steven Fields since 1969, I remember him as a great young man and friend.  In looking at a previous correspondence on this website, I am reminded that all of our public school experience was shared by means of Milton School, East Junior High School and Alton High School.  It was a privilege to grow up in Alton with our childhood friends who offered so much to us in our hometown.  I owe a great deal to Steve and to the rest of the AHS class of 1969.  Thanks to Steve, thanks to you all! 

06/05/21 09:35 PM #2    

Jon Wilson


One of my favorite baratones in Concert Choir with Mr. Heidbrink. We sat next to each other, and shared a creative desire to make truly beautiful music. We both were always making sure that we were blending well and sounding good with such complex and challenging music. Glad I got to spend some time with him at the reunion.  I know he's going to love singing with the angels. 

06/06/21 09:32 AM #3    

Jack Groppel

I remember Steve so well from our days at East Jr High and Alton High. He was such an incredibly nice person, and I enjoyed his friendship in school. I'm sorry we never kept in touch much after graduating, but sending my prayers to his family and all of you who were close to Steve. 

06/07/21 07:30 PM #4    

"E" Wilson Burdorff, Jr.

Steve and I were casual friends in high school.  I see he had annotated my 1969 "Tatler" (you know, back among the ads in the last portion), and, for some reason, I can remember his "laugh."  It was just a few years ago that Steve and I reconnected... on FaceBook.  I always enjoyed reading his many interesting posts, including items about the history of Alton and environs.  And, lemmetellya, his sense of humor always made me smile, if not laugh out loud.

I was sooo happy to be able to talk with Steve at our 2019 AHS 50-year reunion.

My prayers go out to Steve's family.

Rest In Peace, Steve, my old...  and later years friend.


06/08/21 09:19 AM #5    

Marty Rhoads (Streeper)

As Wilson said in his tribute, it was great to see Steve at our 50th Reunion three years ago.  Since then, Steve and I, as many others in our class, became FaceBook friends.  It was nice to keep up with him, as well as other AHS FB friends, especially duirng the past year of covid, etc.  Steve will be missed, and Mike and I will be praying for his family that God will grant them peace and comfort during this difficualt time.

06/08/21 09:45 AM #6    

Arlette Wilson

Steven was my first "real date" as we went to the 7th grade dance together...sweet memory. I reconnected with Steve several years ago on facebook. I actually spent some time with him and his family a couple of years ago because I had "watch a game at Wrigley Field" on my bucket list. He said come on up and we'll go to a game. What a wonderful family. I was suppose to visit again last year, but COVID canceled my trip. I am so glad I got to spent time with him and his family...good memories. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.

06/08/21 10:19 AM #7    

Steven Bacus

Great comments from everyone.....remember Steve most from Boy Scout Troop 57 - Milton School.  He was a great scout and very involved.  Many camp outs over the scouting years...fiece 'Capture the Flag' player and seemingly always a big smile!  Happy Trails, Mohawk Patrol Leader or Assistant Leader (if memory serves)....Steve

06/11/21 09:09 PM #8    

Oscar E. Wallace

i am so sorry for my buddy steve.we talked a lot on fb got a chance to see him at the 50th.remember him when we ran track together.he sprinted a 440 in 53 and said ,man i ran full speed the whole way around.had lots of respect for him.RIP AHS 69.

06/13/21 07:15 AM #9    

William R. Wicks III


Steve and I grew up in the same neighborhood and spent time together playing when we were little in elementary school at Milton. He was a really nice kid and so much fun to be with. He always had that friendly engaging smile on his face. Since high school we lost track of each other but it was fun to recently reconnect on Facebook. What a great sense of humour! Very sad to see he passed away and he will be missed. My condolences to his family. 



06/14/21 09:32 AM #10    

Gregory S. Cox

It's always sad to hear of a classmate's passing, but this one is particularly difficult. We had reconnected through Facebook and shared a number of laughs together. Steve was particularly fond of sharing funny memes. I always wondered where he found them all. We went to both East Junior and Alton High together and Steve always impressed me as being such a nice and friendly person. I'm often in the Chicago area and on FB we kept promising each other that the next time I was there we would get together and have some French Silk pie at Baker's Square. With his passing, Im so glad we were able to connect at the 50th Reunion. Steve was a good man, a good friend and will be sorely missed.

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