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Steven L. Halford

d. June 14, 2020

Steve Halford, age 62, of Cantrall, passed away on Sunday, June 14, at his residence.

He was born August 3, 1957, the son of Gary and Carol Stites Halford.

Steve lived for his family, including his children, Shanna (husband Chris) Hull, Michael (wife Shannon) Halford, and Josh Halford; grandchildren, Raina, Sati, Beau, and Rory; his father, Gary E. Halford; his brothers, Gary L. (wife Rhonda) Halford and Greg (wife Kayla) Halford; his sister, Linda (husband Ron) Daugherty; wife, Janice Neavill Halford; step-children, Olivia and Will Primm; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He is preceded in death by his mother, Carol; uncle, Richard Stites; and his grandparents.

Steve graduated from Athens High School, where he ran cross-country and played basketball and baseball, in 1975. After high school, Steve was an avid softball player and golfer and a life-long resident of Sangamon and Menard Counties. He met people through his work in the architectural and construction fields; he made them friends with his sense of humor and kind words. Children especially were drawn to him. At nearly every gathering, he could be found wrestling, teasing, and playing with the kids.

He loved motorcycles, cowboy movies, camping, hiking, and his family, particularly his grandchildren. He delighted in watching them learn about the world around them.

Visitation for Steve will be held on Saturday from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM at the Athens Christian Church in Athens.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the visitation will be limited to family only. Face coverings, social distancing, and limiting attendance to 10 guests at a time in the facility will be implemented.

Cremation rites will be accorded after the visitation.

Memorials can be made to the IFOPA or the American Cancer Society.

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the family. On-line condolences can be shared at


  1. Our sincere sympathy to Steve’s family, especially Shanna, who worked for me at White Oaks Mall. Steve truly loved you all. He was a true friend for many years and coworker from St. John’s Hospital. He will be greatly missed by all the lives touched during his journey on this earth. Rest in peace our loving and funny friend.

  2. Iam so sorry for your loss.Steven had a heart of gold.He allways had a smile on his face.He will be missed.

  3. I am so sorry for Steve’s family. Steve, a former student, always had a hug and a smile when I saw him. He had a way of making a peraon feel special. What a great guy! This world needs more people like Steve. I will miss him greatly. I feel so bad for you, his family. I give you my love and prayers at this most difficult time.

  4. So sorry about Steve’s passing. He was a good friend of my husband John Miller who recently passed.
    He was always so friendly. I know he will be missed greatly.

  5. I was a class mate of Steve’s. What a great guy! He had a great personality and always seem to have a smile on his face! I was saddened to hear of his passing. My sympathy to his family. May you hold tight to your memories!

  6. I only got to ride together a couple of times and I thought he was a fun person to be around. Sorry, for your loss. Players are with you.

  7. Shanna and Chris: we are thinking of you both and send our most heartfelt condolences.

  8. Oh, gosh, Halfords.😔 I am so very sorry to hear about Steve passing. Becky sent me a note telling me. It doesn’t seem possible. Steve did always seem to have a smile, all of you do. And it is just one part of being happy to see your family. Good times growing up, and always happy to see you all, at church, or running around town.
    We will sure miss Steve. But you will miss him, even more. He made sure he was there for you all. All I can offer you is Hugs, and Prayers. And promises to not forget Steve, or your sweet wife/mom/grandma, Carol.
    God bless.

  9. Our sympathies for your loss! John and I enjoyed running into Steve around town. Always so friendly and sincerely interested in catching up on our lives. What a nice, funny and good guy!

  10. So sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. I will miss his smile.

  11. We are heartbroken to hear of Steve’s untimely passing…and extend our deepest condolences to the Halford Family on your loss. Peace and love to you all, Jim and Michele Haptonstahl and Family

  12. With deepest Sympathy
    We are extremely sorry to hear about the passing of Steve
    He has definitely left an indelible impact.
    All the memories we all had together thru the years
    I was looking at the pictures the other day from Sturgis trip- something all of us will never forget
    May Gods love heal your sorrow and may
    His peace replace your heartache with loving memories
    He will be truly missed

  13. Halfords,

    I am so sorry to hear about Steve’s passing.

    Steve and I were first friends, way back. My first memory of him is the school bus at age 6 years, sitting in the front seat, which we shared. I still see his smiling face, his silly demeanor that made me laugh to tears. He was such a funny little guy even at 6 years old.

    My last memory of Steve was at the park in Athens about a year ago. We had a great conversation that day.

    Steve was always smiling and always so very kind, leaving people feeling better about their day. He will be missed by many.

    So so sorry for your loss.

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