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Steven Brent McGaw, Sr., son, brother, husband, uncle, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, was born on July 10, 1948 in Springfield, IL and passed suddenly on August 9, 2018. He met his wife of 50 years, Brenda Phillips, a fellow Springfield High School graduate, at Steak & Shake while working as a cook and she as a car hop. Steve's journey led him and his family through several distinguished careers including working musician, journeyman plumber, City of Rockford water inspector, and Captain of the Boeing 757/767 at Delta Airlines. He was extremely proud to be a member of the Free Masons, Shriners, and Quiet Birdmen.
He cherished racing go karts with his boys while his wife and young daughter played in the pit, contemplating his farm from a tree stand, tinkering in the garage and hangar, and above all, flying.
He is survived by his loving wife, Brenda (Phillips) McGaw; his four children, Steven Jr. (Holly), Bradley (Marla), Brandon (Susan), and Heather (Michael) Simons; his twelve grandchildren, Andrew, Breanna, Iann, Abbigail, Jacob, Leeanna, Dallas, Nolan, Natalie, Nash, Asher, and Amelia; and four great-grandchildren, Bentley, Brailey, Huntley, and Grahm. He is preceded in death by his father, Colin McGaw, Jr., his mother, Rita (Halberg) McGaw-Johnson; his step-father, Laverne Johnson; his sister, Coleen (McGaw) Brawner; and two precious infant grandbabies.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 16, 2018 in Durand United Methodist Church, 102 E. Main Street, Durand, IL. Visitation will be held at the church on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 from 4 to 7 p.m. and from 10 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service on Thursday. Masonic ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday following the visitation. Interment in Bethel Cemetery in Durand, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to: Durand United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 168, Durand, Illinois.

Condolences & Shared Memories (9)

  1. Mike Walton

    I just learned of Steve's passing from Rick Cramer. I was so sorry to hear about his passing. Steve and I were friends in High School back in Springfield, Illinois where we graduated in 1966, and we worked together at Bud's Drive In Dairy. I went off to the Air Force in 1967 and pretty much lost contact with Steve and Brenda (they were high school sweethearts) until around 15 or 20 years ago when I ran in to them at a Springfield High School class reunion. What a great guy. I read his obit and it speaks highly of the guy I knew back in High School, I knew he would do well.

  2. Dick Diller

    This is very sad news. Steve and I flew a few trips together on the 727, and more recently, we went together to the Delta pilots' monthly breakfast in Crystal Lake. He was always a pleasure to fly with. Steve and I were initiated into QB in May, 1999. He always had a friendly greeting. I'm gonna miss him.

  3. Brian Phillips

    Steve is my Brother in law. A very long lasting memory I have was when I was around 8 yrs old. While back for a visit To Ill with my Mom and Dad and Sister, we went to see Steve play drums at a night club which if I remember correctly. was called "Ace of Diamonds." That night had a long lasting impression on me to this day. After he got done playing that night for the evening, he asked me if i wanted to get on stage and play his drums. I was on cloud 9! I remember playing the theme to Hawaii 5 O. I remember very clearly the look of his very warn Slingerland snare drum head and thinking to my self, wow, this is what i want to do when i grow up. Which i did. This Slingerland set was very very first set of real drums i ever played. Playing drums is a big part of my life today and Steve was a big part of that. It was a big deal for me. Several times I have told him in passing conversation what a big influence he had on me but i don't think he really fully understood the impact he had on my life. Steve was a role model to many people. I pray for my Sister, Brent, Brand and Brandon and Heather during this the time of healing. Please forgive me for not being able to be there. He will be very missed.

  4. Bob Slette

    My condolences to all of Steve's family. I am saddened to hear of Steve's passing. We shared many flights together at Delta when we were based at O'Hare. It was always a pleasure to revisit old stories when we were able to meet at our annual fly-in. He will certainly be missed by many. You family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. Don Thompson

    Condolences to Steve's family and friends. Fellow Delta at ORD

  6. George & Pam Butt

    Brenda & Family We are so sorry to learn of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  7. Connie Vangeison Hassinger

    Mom called with the shocking news about Steve's passing. We grew up together after being born on the same day. From that coincidence grew a great friendship. I have so many fond memories of our families together. Steve was a great guy who will be missed by all who knew him. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you during this difficult time.

  8. Dale and Margaret Clark

    Dear Brenda and family - it is with great sorrow that we learned of Steve's passing. He was always ready to lend a helping hand and greeted everyone with a big smile. Please accept our deepest sympathy. We will be keeping you all in our prayers and close to our hearts.

  9. Tara

    I'm sorry for your loss. I hope you find comfort in God's promise & in the many wonderful memory's you made & shared together. You have my condolences.


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