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In Loving Memory

Steve Francis O'Donohoe, Jr.

January 26, 1939 – January 10, 2021

Steve Francis O' Donohoe Jr., resident of League City, Texas entered the pearly gates of heaven January 10th, 2021 at the age of 81. Throughout his life, and to the day the angels escorted him to heaven, Steve truly epitomized his favorite verse, Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Steve not only allowed the Lord to guide every step and plan for his life, he also never met a stranger and allowed God to work through him to help guide others in their steps. His optimism for each day God gave him on this earth was contagious to all the lives that were blessed to be graced with his bubbly and bright disposition.

Steve- O was Born January 26th, 1939 in Galveston, Texas to Steve Francis O'Donohoe Sr. and Jewel Ruth Goode O'Donohoe at St. Mary's Hospital. He graduated from Ball High in 1956 and went on to attend Texas Lutheran College in Seguin, Texas majoring in broadcasting.

 In 1958, he followed his calling and became a successful radio disc jockey at KPAC radio station in Port Arthur, Texas. He continued on in radio broadcasting throughout east Texas, Louisiana, and Houston and quickly became the most popular radio disc jockey in southeast Texas in the 1960's. To his many fans and faithful listeners, he was known as "Steve-O The Night Rider "and in November of 2020, he was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.

On August 4,1965, he married his biggest fan, not just in radio, but in life. Bennie Marie Wilcox & Steve had 3 beautiful girls: Kristi, Shanna and Mandy.

At the age of 33, while picking up his daughters from school, Steve-O suffered a massive heart attack in the parking lot of St. Patrick's Church. He called out to God "If You let me live, I will live for You". God granted Steve-O his healing that day, and Steve chose to showcase his unwavering faith to Jesus from that day on.

Aside from being Steve- O The Night-Rider, Bennie's soul mate, and the best girl daddy, Steve-O's favorite role was being "Poppy" to his 9 grandchildren & great-grandchild, and many other beloved friends Poppy treated as his own. Steve always made room in his big heart for loving the many people God sent his way and treated them all as if they were family.

Steve-O made good on his promise to Jesus and in 1982 he began his pastoral career by founding and pastoring Sagemont Full Gospel Church.

He went on to use his God-given pastoral talents at Grace Community Church in Houston where he served as a Pastoral Care Pastor for 15 years and met some life-long friends along the way. For the next 7 years, he served at Life Point Church where he then retired in 2014. Post-retirement, Steve became a board member and elder of Refuge Mission Church in League City.

Steve joins his parents, Steve Francis O'Donohoe Sr.and Jewel Ruth Goode O'Donohoe in heaven, and is survived by his beautiful wife, Bennie Marie O'Donohoe, his siblings: David O'Donohoe & Sharon Criado, his cousin Kathy Kreneck, his children: Kristi & Steve Baltunis, Shanna & Les Shannon, Mandy & Jason Willingham, his 9 grandchildren: Sarah & Zachary Frieze, Courtney & Connor Shannon, Ashton, Ryan & Dylan Willingham, Gavin & Gabe Baltunis, and his great-grandchild, Gavin Billings. As well as numerous nieces and nephews.

"So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal." -2 Corinthians 4:16-18.

Services are scheduled for Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Grace Community Church, 14505 Gulf Freeway, Houston, Texas 77034 in the main sanctuary. The visitation will begin at 8:30 A.M. followed by the funeral service at 9:30 A.M. Face masks are required until seated. The main sanctuary is large and has freedom for everyone to be spread out due to covid. The burial will follow the service and will be at Forest Park East Cemetery, 21620 Gulf Freeway, Webster, TX 77598.

In lieu of flowers, if you would like to make a donation, please consider giving to: Refuge Mission Church 4889 West Main Street, League City, TX 77573.

If you do want to send flowers, please send to Jeter Memorial Funeral Home.

Condolences may be sent to the O'Donohoe family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

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15 thoughts on “Steve Francis O'Donohoe, Jr.”

  1. Steve was a friend of my Father's since elementary school and they've been friends ever since along with other school friends of theirs. We were raised as one large extended family and I couldn't ask for better people in my life than any of them. I worked with SteveO at Sea Arama in 1978, shared the love of music and he's so giving and funny and I'm going to miss his life stories that he shared. I couldn't have asked for a better person in my life. My love for Steve, Bennie , Kristi, Shanna, and Mandy, and the whole family is eternal and whole hearted. God bless and be with them and all Steve's loved ones, which he has many I'm on the top of that list for sure. I could write a book, but would just like to say Steve O was chosen by God because of the blessings bestowed on him. His voice (which got him inducted into the Texas Radio Hall Of Fame- which is so deserved and I'm proud and happy for him) and his enormous heart with a capacity to give love unending. If you know Steve O, you definitely will love him. He is just that awesome of a person and a DEFINITE God Send…….. to anyone who was blessed enough to cross his path in life. Till we meet again, SteveO, You are missed and loved eternally. Thank you for all you've shared and the times we've enjoyed throughout the years.

  2. Well you can't say the name Steve O without smiling. I'm sure he made God smile a lot too! I know there's rejoicing in Heaven when someone gives their hearts to the Lord but I could almost hear my husband laughing and hugging SteveO when he arrived. They were best "Forever Friends" for many years. As you get older, you realize how supernaturally we are blessed with godly friends the Lord has put in our lives. He will be greatly missed but I can hardly wait to be with him again. Bennie know how much your friends and family want to help you through this. Girls, you were your Dad's pride and joy and radiate Jesus every day. Grandchildren you lit up his life and he was so thrilled with each of you. Praying the Lord wraps His arms around you with His peace.
    We are here for you too!

  3. Such a wonderful example of Christ's love. He will be missed, but thankful he is now in the presence of our Lord and Savior, Jesus!

  4. Melissa Brittain Evans

    Our Sweet, Funny Uncle Steve"O! So many fond memories of growing up around him. Spending the night with them in Galveston and when they lived in Beaumont. Visiting Sea World with them. Every time I seen him he always chanted "My Name is Melissa my number is 3 " with a big grin! Even after I was grown still he never forgot! I love you all so much and pray God gives you peace in this time of sorrow. Melissa Brittain Evans!

  5. Gregg, Lynn, Colton and Kelli Clark

    Such a sweetheart! You will be greatly missed by many. We love you and your beautiful family…Well done, good and faithful servant! Matthew 25:23

  6. I met Steve in 1966 when I went to work in Beaumont radio. I heard "Steve-O" on-air and was amazed at his ability to relate to his audience. Meeting him and becoming his friend was a high point of my career. He ruled the airwaves in Southeast Texas and Southwest La. He had the ability to make those around him feel good about life. He became a member of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame in a year when competition was intense. He loved all of us with no restrictions. Behind the pulpit or a microphone he was a very special man.
    Miss you Brother
    Robert B. Mcentire

  7. Catharine T Pearce

    I'm so sorry to hear about Pastor Steve-O! I so enjoyed him, his stories and how he loved on each person he met. I was his "technology person" at LifePoint and helped him with email, and any and all computer issues which was several times a week!!! 😉 We laughed together when he would lock himself out, or ask me for my girly pink mouse to use for his laptop. He told me only real men could get away with that! I loved going through prayer requests and watching his eyes light up when he spoke of people we could help connect and pray for. All in all, I was a big fan of the man who gave great hugs and loved Jesus like his life depended on it. Well done good and faithful servant. Well done. Love you always –
    Catharine Pearce

  8. Soyla and Jamie Tovar

    Very good memories with pastor Steve o when he renewed mine and Jamie"s 10 year wedding anniversary at grace and baptized both me and Jamie at the same time.

  9. Pastor Steve … our hearts are heavy and yet celebrating our love for the HOPE of knowing you are with the ONE you taught us to keep looking to.

    Pastor Steve served his flock with unconditional love and loyalty. No other pastor or church has been even close or comparable to our time we spent under his ministry. We laughed , cried, prayed, worshipped as one family, snd for us it was a taste of heaven. We love Bennie and all his daughters as a family of grace, intimacy and love for God and His people. We will be united with him on Gods time table, and look forward to that glorious day!! Until then we will remember that you taught us to always LOOK UP!! Love snd prayers yo all the family!

    Jordsn and Dianne Janak

  10. Teddy Lilljedahl

    I met Steve0 in 1959 when me and my Woodrow Wilson basketball buddies tried to put his sports car on the sidewalk in front of KPAC radio station. I was 14yrs old. Throughout the years we remained close and talked frequently. After knowing Steve0 for more than 60yrs, my most cherished moment with Steve was in 1980, when he lead me to the saving Grace of knowing Jesus Christ.
    I know where he is today and I hope to follow him someday.
    God bless Steve0 and his family.

  11. I met Steve-O in 1968 while he was working at KGBC in Galveston. I became his groupie hanging around the station while he was on the air and he let me!!! We became good friends and I was asked to be a Godfather to one of his daughters. One evening at KGBC, the dj that was supposed to relieve him at 10pm did not show up. Steve-O let me go on the air and take his place. I was hired the very next day. This was my break into radio and I will never forget that gesture he did for me. Steve-O was nominated and elected into The Radio Hall Of Fame in 2020, an award he so much deserved. Thanks for all you did for me in radio Steve. I will never forget you. Rest In Peace my friend……….

  12. When I think of memories of high school, Steve O, the Knight Rider, is very much a part of those memories. He would play request for my friends and I when we had slumber parties and he was truly a great communicator. This was in the late 1950's, early 1960's during his time at KPAC in Port Arthur, Texas. It is totally understandable that he will be terribly missed by those who really knew him as friend and family. My heartfelt sympathies go out to each of you.

  13. Many years ago, Steve was introduced to me as Uncle Frankie. He always treated me like family and was always willing to listen and talk. I have nothing but fun memories of Steve and want to thank him for all he did for me. He is truly a great man and a great person. Steve will be dearly missed. My deepest sympathies go out to Mrs. Bennie, Kristi, Shanna, Mandy, David, Sharon, and the entire O'Donohoe Family.

  14. Hi Bennie and to all the family ~ so sorry for your loss. Steve was just a wonderful, all-around guy. Both being BOI's
    we had a lot in common. I remember going to Full Gospel Businessmen's meetings together (way back in the day) ~
    Told him that I did not think I had a very good testimony like he did, but he just reminded me that I was a "clean cut
    sinner" ! Anyway, a lot of fond memories of a great man!

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