Bloomington, IL-Stephen "Steve"
Paul Bethea, 53, of Bloomington, passed away at 2:24 a.m.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in the
emergency room. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday, March 18,
2013 at East White Oak Bible Church in rural Carlock. Visitation
will be from 5-8 p.m. Sunday, March 17, 2013 at the church. Also a
memorial mass will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 23, 2013 at
St. Patrick's Church of Merna. Memorials may be made to the
Samaritans Purse, Compassion International, or to the donor's
choice. Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home in Bloomington is
assisting the family with arrangements.
Steve was born on August 27, 1959 in Bloomington to Paul Francis
and Ella Jane (Orrick) Bethea. He married Lisa Merrill on May 30,
1987 in Springfield, IL.
He is survived by his wife, Lisa of Bloomington; four children,
Sarah (Nick) Weber, Carly Bethea Tim Bethea and Hannah Bethea
all of Bloomington; his mother, Ella Jane of Bloomington; three
sisters, Kim (Tom) Connor, Carolyn (Kurt) Oleson and Mary (Greg)
Weber all of Bloomington; one brother, James Bethea of Bloomington;
sister-in-law, Carol Merrill of Springfield; brother-in-law, David
(Jean) Merrill of Maryville, Missouri and several nieces and
He was preceded in death by his father.
Steve was a 1978 graduate of Central Catholic High School in
Bloomington and a 1985 graduate of the St. Louis College of
He was a well respected pharmacist in the Bloomington/Normal area,
and was an outdoors man who enjoyed fishing, camping, and hiking.
Steve will be deeply missed by all who loved him.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at kiblerbradyruestman.com.
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