Steven James Marcon, 66, of Rockford, IL, went on to spend eternity with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on July 6, 2021, after battling a short illness. Steve is survived by his three children, Justin (Shannon) Marcon, of Rockford, IL, Jordan Marcon, of Denver, Colorado, their mother, Lesley Marcon of Titusville, FL and daughter, Danielle (Kyle) Schilling, of Rockford, IL; His 3 grandchildren (who have become the pride and joy of his life, and were each a part of a secret club with Grandpa called “The Claw Dawgs,”), Patrick (17), Ryan (13), Judson (4), all of Rockford, IL; His mother, Agnes Kirkpatrick, of Rockford, IL; His siblings Frank (Sally) Marcon, Beth (Joe) Alonzo, Kimberly (Nathan) Hemmer; and many other wonderful family members and friends.
Steve was born August 13, 1954 in Rockford, Illinois, a graduate of Guildford High School, and a man who spent much of his life serving the community there. He LOVED people and was passionate about any way to enrich and bring joy to their lives. After receiving his degrees from both Rock Valley and Rockford College, he served as Rockford College’s Community Outreach Director, engaging students and faculty in regular opportunities to make an impact in the surrounding metropolitan area. He then moved on to serve as a part of the executive leadership team of Rockford YouthBuild, an organization that worked with troubled and underprivileged youth, helping them to achieve their ‘second chance’ in life. After nearly two decades of dispensing hope and love to Rockford’s youth, he joined the team at The Salvation Army, Men’s Rehabilitation Center, as their Director of Counseling. Next to his family, his driving passion these last years has been helping these men to discover their internal worth and freedom, while making a fresh start. Steve was an active part of church since 1987. Over the years he served in men’s ministries; Divorce Recovery counseling; for nearly a decade he drove a church van to pickup those without transportation and bring them to and from church twice a week; he taught many classes on prophecy and dream interpretation. He was an avid studier of God’s Word (just recently his children, while in his home, discovered HUNDREDS of Biblical books and lessons that Steve had read, highlighted and internalized). He was indeed very passionate about His faith in God.
Steve was and will continue to be loved by many. Whether it was his charm, his ability to tell the cheesiest joke that forced a smile on your face, or his “machine gun” sounding laugh that turned heads. Maybe it was his belief in others as he helped them to move past mistakes while still believing in and rooting for everyone he was around; or always supporting the underdog or the “down and out,” or his unrelenting faith in God and his love for sharing about Him to others. His legacy lives on in all of the lives he has touched. If you knew Steve, you now become a part of that Legacy as your remembrance of him is lived out in parts of your everyday life.
A celebration of life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, July 9, 2021 in The Salvation Army Temple, 500 S. Rockford Ave., Rockford, IL 61104. Visitation will be held from 11:30 a.m. until time of service. Burial to follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Machesney Park, IL. We invite you to join in person as we honor Steve as a Father, Grandfather, Son, Brother, Friend, Confidant, Counselor and Disciple of Christ. Out of respect for high risk individuals in our family who would like to celebrate with us, we ask that masks be worn. In lieu of flowers and in aligning with Steve’s love for being a grandfather, please direct any gifts to a fund that will be setup to further the future education of his grandchildren, on his behalf.
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