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In Loving Memory

Stephen Edward Canull

December 10, 1957 – August 5, 2020

On August 5, 2020, Steve Canull went to sleep and took his last breath with Kathy, his wife of 38 years, by his side. 

Steve was a good guy, a protector, and a mentor with a very tender, loving heart.  He never met someone who did not become his friend, and he had a special gift for making others feel great about themselves.

On December 10, 1957, in Fort Worth, Texas, Steve was born to Edward and Geraldine Canull, both of whom predeceased him. Along with his older sister Gail, the family lived in New Mexico, North Dakota and Mississippi before settling in Friendswood, Texas.  As a teenager, Steve sadly lost his dear mother. However, when Edward married Jane Walker, Steve gained a supportive and loving friend as well as two fun sisters, Gay and Julie.

Speaking fondly of his childhood, Steve told of days spent outdoors hunting frogs, snakes, and alligator gars in the rice and oil fields of Friendswood.  He rode horses, bicycles, dirt bikes, motorcycles, go-karts­…anything that moved, and moved fast! Summertime was spent on the family farm in Illinois or camping with the family. This adventurer fished in oceans, lakes, and creeks and had tails/tales to match!

Steve's love of sports began at a young age and continued throughout his life.  Whether it was football, tennis, bowling, trick diving, remote control car racing, or hunting and fishing. Steve was always game for a new adventure. Golf was his passion, and he worked at a golf course for a while easily improving his handicap. His favorite football memories were of his high school days when he excelled as a running back for the "Fighting Mustangs".  Steve played every game to win and was referred to as "Blue Blaster" by the local newspaper. 

After graduating from Friendswood High School in 1977, Steve married the love of his life, Kathryn "Kathy" Kilbourn, in 1982.  They made their home in northwest Houston with a succession of faithful Weimaraner dogs, while creating a close-knit community of neighbors who became steadfast friends.

As driven in his career as he was in sports, Steve constantly challenged himself, learning everything he could and demanding excellence.  He was skilled in many building trades from foundations to roofs.  There was nothing Steve could not build or fix. Steve also spent many hours tending his forestry acreage in Waller County. The family who eventually purchased the property became Steve's close friends, as was his way.

Stephen is survived by his wife Kathryn, his mother Jane Canull, sisters Gail Shook, Gay Hill and Julie Olson, brother-in-law John Kilbourn, sister-in-law Kristen Phillips and her husband Michael. Many beloved nephews, nieces, great-nephews, and great-nieces remember him fondly. Carol Kilbourn, Steve's dear mother-in-law, predeceased him. The family wishes to express deep gratitude to Steve's father-in-law, Max Kilbourn, and all of the friends and family who prayed and cared for Steve during his brief and valiant battle with cancer.

Memorials in Steve's honor may be directed to The Gideons International Houston South Camp, P.O. Box 7813, Pearland, Texas 77588-2813  (www.GIDEONS.org)

"I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course. I have kept the faith."  2 Timothy 4:7

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14 thoughts on “Stephen Edward Canull”

  1. Steve & kathy , we always enjoyed our times together and looked forward to seeing you at our next event . Be sure he is now enjoying the promise if you believed and lived properly you would enter the kingdom. We look forward to seeing you again in the next life. God Bless both of you . John Maryanne Meagan Johnny & Danny

  2. Dear Kathy,
    Our prayers are with you, especially during this time. Peace be with you.
    " I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit."
    Romans 15:13 NLT

  3. Kathy, Bubba and I are so very deeply sorry. The neighborhood is not gonna be the same for sure. Steve was such a strong presence here. Our loss is Heaven's gain. I'm sure that he is making new friends and is creating quite a splash up there. We will miss him.

  4. Laura Gonzalez-Ramognino

    Kathy sweet friend, I had the pleasure once of meeting Steve at Chemeka's lovely wedding. I just remember how much fun he was having and joking with everyone at the table. I laughed at his corny jokes and his dance moves! That was a happy day. I just know that a man who can love all his dogs as much as you do is a great man indeed! 💐

  5. Sorry to read about Steve's passing. We were neighbors of the Canull's and watched Steve and Gail grow up. What a great neighborhood Tower Estates was for all the kids to build memories. I'm so glad that Steve found the love of his life and lived life to the fullest. Rest In Peace dear Steve! Fondly remembered by Mr. and Mrs. Lynn (and Los)) Taggart, Brenham, Texas❤️

  6. We are thankful that we were able to spend time with Steve after he was diagnosed, all of the way through the end. We are very fortunate for having you as neighbors for 30+ years We will always be here for you

  7. Mardi Cole Parmenter

    So heartbreaking for Steve to pass so quickly after his diagnosis ✝️✝️✝️ Prayers for Gail and Kathy, always know Steve was there while we all were growing up in the 1970's in the best life kids could have❤️❤️❤️❤️
    Mardi Cole Parmenter

  8. Steve was a brother from the time my mom and Ed married. He called me sis and we were as close as any brother and sister could have been. His sense of humor and kindness to others was what Steve was all about.
    Steve's love for Kathy and his dogs over the years was the most important part of his . During his courageous battle with cancer he remained positive and never gave up.
    I will always miss you and love you ❤️❤️

    1. My condolences to Kathy and the entire family, Steve started working for meat around 18 years old, and I can say he was a dam good plumber, did not know electrical or air conditioning, but he was determined to learn and he did as good a hand as I ever had and a friend for 40 years I will never forget. We remained close all through the years after he no longer worked with me, I will dearly miss him he was like a brother to me, we were around each other every day most nights, lot of work for over 15 years then we stayed in touch, rest easy my brother I love you and will miss you terribly.

  9. Jane Ann Walker Canull

    Steve was 17 years old when I married his father, Ed Canull. Like Father, Like Son – they were amazing men.
    It was an honor to be Steve's "Mom" for 45 years. I knew I could never replace the love he carried in his heart for his Mother, so we had a bond of friendship and respect from the start. Steve loved football and through the years we shared a love for the Dallas Cowboys. Steve was a wonderful son. He is in a beautiful place now and is no longer in pain or suffering. I love and miss you so much – Mom

  10. This fills me with a lot of emotions. I will always celebrate the life of Steve Canull, my brother. Steve was a kind soul and strong spirit. I admired his dedication and love he shared with Kathy. I will forever smile when I think of you and remember – "see you kid".
    I love and miss you beyond words.

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