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Steven McCarthy

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Steve L. McCarthy age 59, of Ankeny, formerly of Nashua, Iowa died Thursday April 20, 2023 at his home. A graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday April 26, 2023 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Nashua. Hugeback Johnson Funeral Home and Crematory - Olson Chapel in Nashua have been entrusted with arrangements. Steven Lynn McCarthy, known to friends and family as Steve, was born on September 12, 1963, in Richmond, VA, and passed away peacefully at his home in Ankeny, IA, on April 20, 2023. A loving father, brother, and friend, Steve will be remembered for his generous spirit, his infectious sense of humor, and his unwavering dedication to his family and work. Steve attended Nashua High School and went on to study at Hawkeye Community College. He began his professional journey managing a Godfather's Pizza Restaurant for 18 years, where his charisma and leadership skills were evident. He then transitioned to work for the Department of Public Safety at UnityPoint Health Des Moines as a Public Safety Officer and Investigator for 22 years. Steve took great pride in his work and cared deeply for his coworkers and the patients he interacted with. He was known for his sense of humor and the smiles he brought to the faces of those around him, often through his playful pranks. A true sports enthusiast, Steve loved all types of sports and was a loyal fan of the Miami Dolphins, despite their constant struggles. His passion for sports was matched by his love for Mustang memorabilia and his active restoration of his 1966 Ford Mustang fastback convertible. However, his greatest joy was spending time with his daughters and granddaughter, who brought immense happiness and pride to his life. Steve's generosity and spirited nature were evident in every aspect of his life, from the love he had for his family to his dedication to his work and his hobbies. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him, but his memory will live on in the hearts of his loved ones and the countless lives he touched. Steve was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Alma Wilder, and his beloved granddog, Percy McCarthy. He is survived by his daughters, Chelsey (Austin) Taffae and Azlyn McCarthy; his brothers, Pat (Linda) McCarthy, John (Wanda) McCarthy, Mike (Margy) McCarthy, and Richard (Mia) McCarthy; his granddaughter, Quinn Taffae; his granddog, Caspian McCarthy; and several nieces and nephews, all of whom he cherished deeply. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donating to some charities that were close to Steve's heart. One of them is a ministry to the deaf in Togo, Africa - you can give online at this website: https://www.converge.org/project/africa/6-degree-initiative/deaf-project

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  1. I remember doing a lot with Steve! We made snow forts when we were about 8 or 9. I remember I rented a Moped to him to do his paper route when he was about 14 and 15. He was always a hard worker and had a lot more common sense than I have.

  2. So Sorry to hear about Steve! Keeping Pat, John, Richard and Mike and McCarthy families in my thoughts and prayers

  3. A kind, funny, and loyal friend who will be deeply missed. Thinking of his family whom he absolutely adored.

  4. Steve was a frequent visitor to my house growing up. He was a good friend of my sister Tanya. Steve always was fun and kind, and he had a good sense of humor. My sympathy to his family.

  5. So sorry to hear of Steve’s death. My husband Joel worked with Steve for at least 10 years and we had all just gotten together for a Safety/Security dinner last month. Steve texted me to stay in touch. Will miss him. Prayers for all of you at this time.

  6. Steve-o, I’ll miss you so terribly much! You were more than a friend to me in my early 20s; You were a mentor. I remember you and I scheming and plotting our yearly bubble bath of the fountain that used to sit outside of the ER entrance at IMMC. I cherish those memories dearly…. You and your family have and will be in my thoughts.

  7. I remember all the fun we had working together at Hy-Vee and Godfathers. You will be missed. My sympathy to his family.

  8. While we both grew up in Nashua, Steve and I got to know each other at UnityPoint Health Des Moines. Steve was well-respected, he was knowledgeable and you could count on him. I will miss seeing him around our medical centers. Great sense of humor, he always had a smile and tell stories of his beloved family. My sympathy to his family.
    Karen McGregor

  9. Steve was such a sweet, fun-loving soul. He was kind and thoughtful, and truly made close friends feel as if they were family. He will be missed dearly. My thoughts and love go out to his family.

  10. My condolences. I grew up a block from Steve but got to know him well when he hired me for a part time job in college. He was a great guy who could mentor people to work hard when needed and his sense of humor made it a lot of fun. It was nice to read he still had his mustang. RIP Steve.

  11. So sorry to hear of Steves’s passing. My thoughts, prayers and condolences are with you John, Pat, Mike & Richard. May he rest in peace. God Bless, Klel Harris

  12. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. I worked with his mom at Casey’s and remember Steve coming thru and his mom always talking about Steve and her being excited to head to Ankeny. My prayers and thoughts are with you always.

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