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Steven L. Abbott

Posted By Winkel Funeral Home On January 6, 2020 @ 11:21 am In Obituaries | 22 Comments


Steve passed away Monday, January 6, 2020 at his home in Otsego.

He was born December 30, 1960 in Kalamazoo the son of Laverne and Joyce (Heighton) Abbott. Steve graduated from the University of Michigan in 1984 and earned his MBA from Western Michigan University in 1993. He had worked at Parker Hannifin for 35 years.

Steve loved running and biking and was a member of the Kalamazoo TriKats. He helped organize the Shermanator Triathlon at Sherman Lake YMCA. He also enjoyed hiking and spending time in the Smoky Mountains with his family.

Steve was very handy with home improvements and construction projects. He also enjoyed doing chores on the family farm, except for milking goats. Steve was kind hearted, had a great sense of humor and was always making a new friend. On May 31, 1986 he married Caroline Winters who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Anneliese, Elizabeth, Laura and Tim all of Otsego; siblings, Deb (Don) Reed of Constantine, Teresa (Dan) Behrmann of Comstock and Ken (Liz) Abbott of Texas along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will take place at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, February 8, 2020 at the First Baptist Church of Otsego with Pastor Paul Laborde officiating.

Contributions in memory of Steve may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice or the First Baptist Church of Otsego.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

Condolences for the family of “Steven L. Abbott”

Condolence from Penny Baker on January 6th, 2020 12:02 pm

Dear Caroline, Annaliese, Elizabeth, Laura, Tim…I have no words of wisdom, only that your husband and father was welcomed by Christ Himself, and your brother. Pure Joy. With love and respect,
Penny Browning Baker

Condolence from Allan & Deb Holden on January 6th, 2020 1:26 pm

My dear friend Steve Abbott beat me home this morning and is basking in Glory’s everlasting light. The mist has cleared and eternity welcomes him to fellowship with our Lord Jesus. Now we support his beautiful family with our prayers and love. So happy for you my brother.

Condolence from Randi deneau on January 6th, 2020 1:54 pm

I am so sorry to hear about Steve I worked with him and he was always so nice and helpful prayers and thoughts for the family

Condolence from Julie (Dan) Andrus on January 6th, 2020 4:07 pm

I worked with Steve for the whole 35 years. So sorry to hear of his passing at way to young of an age. My heart and prayers go out to his family and may you find comfort in the Lord during this difficult time.

Condolence from Phil n MaryAnn Stratton on January 6th, 2020 6:26 pm

All glory be to God for sharing Steve with us even for such a short time. Now that Steve’s in heaven with his creator we’ll miss him. But we’ll trust in God’s promises to reunite us one day. Our deepest condolences and love to Caroline, Anneliese, Elizabeth, Laura, and Tim.

Condolence from Ruby and Jeremy Rogers on January 6th, 2020 9:46 pm

Caroline and kids-
Thank you for sharing your husband with us, he was a true servant at church,home and work. God is so good, and we know he is now in his eternal home. We rejoice because he is now at peace.

Caroline I just want you to know you really touched me one day. Thank you for your love and dedication to your husband and children and of coarse God first.

Condolence from Susan Priller on January 7th, 2020 8:12 am

I worked with Steve for many years, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Take comfort, those who love will be reunited in eternity.

Condolence from Susan Priller on January 7th, 2020 8:14 am

I worked with Steve for many years. Take comfort for those who love will be reunited in eternity.

Condolence from Mark, Jennie Gruber, & family on January 7th, 2020 9:06 am

We are so sad, when we heard about Steve passing. Caroline, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Steve was a great guy. He will be greatly missed. We love you, and if you need anything, let me know

Condolence from Robert and Jan Cowels on January 7th, 2020 8:17 pm

To the Abbot Family, Our prayers and condolences to each one of you. You folks are an inspiration to your neighbors across the street for Christmas Songs and refreshments you brought us for many years.Bob Jan Dan And Dave Cowels

Condolence from Tony & Gayle Piscitello on January 8th, 2020 10:25 am

I had the pleasure of working with Steve for 12 of his 35 years at Parker, he was a tireless worker that lead his department helping the Brass Division to succeed. He was a good man that will be missed by all. Our thoughts and Prayers are with Caroline and her family.

Condolence from Vera zugel on January 8th, 2020 4:14 pm

Rest in peace. So glad I got to know you. Such an awesome young man

Condolence from Brenda Cowels on January 8th, 2020 11:59 pm

What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us. – Helen Keller
Take comfort in knowing that Steve is now resting in the arms of our Lord. My deepest sympathy to Caroline and her children during this difficult time.

Condolence from Susan Stewart on January 17th, 2020 3:40 pm

So sorry to learn of Steve’s passing. How difficult this must be for all of you, thankfully because you all are children of God you will be with him again our prayers and thoughts are with you, yours in Christ Mike and Suzy Stewart

Condolence from Pat Clingenpeel on January 9th, 2020 7:53 pm

Dear Caroline & children…My heart goes out to you in this time of sorrow & joy.
Sorrow that Steve has gone on ahead of you & joy in the knowledge that he is with
our Savior now. Prayers for each one of you.May HIS love be with you Always…

Condolence from Lori Beason on January 10th, 2020 3:03 pm


I just found out about Steve. I am so sorry about your loss. I don’t know if you remebmer me, but I am Lori Beason
and we knew each other from homeschooling. I remember coming to your home with my kids on C Ave.
I wanted to let you know that I am thinking about you. Your Steve and my mom share the same date of entering the
presence of Jesus. It was 5 years ago on Jan. 6 mom went home to Jesus. So that is a special day for them both!

Lori Beason

Condolence from Chuck Kennedy on January 13th, 2020 1:10 pm

Sending prayers

Condolence from Chuck Kennedy on January 13th, 2020 1:15 pm

I’m at a loss for words. Praying for you and your family.

Condolence from Nelly Glas on January 15th, 2020 8:34 pm

Sorry to you, Caroline and your family in the loss of Steve – your husband and the father of your children. May God strengthen you and uphold you. May Jesus’ love be upon all of you and your extended family.

God’s Blessings

Condolence from Susan Russell on January 18th, 2020 10:54 am

Steve, you will be missed. I worked with you all those years getting to know you more the last 16 years. My prayers are with your family

Condolence from Thomas Hudson on February 1st, 2020 8:24 pm

It was an unpleasant surprise hearing about Steve’s passing. I had the honor of working closely with Steve for 30 years. We always helped each other, to achieve our goals a Parker.

Condolence from Rich Sachwitz on February 2nd, 2020 1:01 pm

Steve was my friend and business associate. He was so positive, and brightened my life. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. His love is everlasting, but he will be missed and remembered.

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