Stephen Michael Keck, 49, of O’Fallon, born Nov. 11, 1965, in St. Louis, passed away suddenly at his residence Monday, March 16.
Steve was a 1984 graduate of O’Fallon Township High School. After high school he pursued a career as an ironworker where he had been a member of East St. Louis Ironworkers Local 392 the past 30 years.
Steve had a passion for reading and he was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. He loved hanging out with his friends and his love of family ran deep. It was often said of Steve that he never met a stranger. He loved life and lived it to the fullest and marched to the beat of his own drum.
He was preceded in death by his father, Alexander F. Jr.; paternal grandparents, Alexander F. Sr., Hedwig, nee Brewer; maternal grandparents, William G. and Vesta L., nee Womick, Foley; and his beloved dog Izzy.
He is survived by his mother, Lorraine C., nee Foley, Keck; and his two brothers, Paul G., and Jeffrey A., all of O’Fallon. He is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and his good buddy Jax.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Keegans Kause or The Galactosemia Foundation in Steves’ memoriam. His cousin Keegan Foley suffers from this rare genetic metabolic disorder and with these donations, the family hopes to bring awareness to this disorder and funding for research. For more information visit www.galactosemia.org. Donations can be made online or by mail to KEEGANS KAUSE, P.O. Box 1062, O’Fallon, IL, 62269, or, The Galactosemia Foundation at P.O. Box 2401, Mandeville, LA, 70471. Online condolences may be offered at www.wfh-ofallon.com.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, March 20, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 625 St. Nicholas Dr., O’Fallon; and from 10-10:45 a.m. Saturday, March 21, at the church.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 21, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in O’Fallon with Rev. William J. Hitpas presiding. Burial will follow at Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery in Belleville.
Wolfersberger Funeral Home in O’Fallon will handle the arrangements.