Stephen M. Darby, 72, of West Union, passed away Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, at his home, surrounded by close family.

Steve was born in Charlestown, W.Va. on Sept. 12, 1946, the son of the late Oscar and Jane (Davis) Darby.

Steve was a lifelong educator, as well as a 4-H advisor, and a coach for several sports. He served as a pastor for the Dunkinsville United Methodist Church, after serving as the former pastor of the Seaman Community Methodist Church.

In addition to his parents, Steve was preceded in death by his daughter, Kelley Darby; and by a sister, Mary Jane Kropf.

Steve is survived by his wife, Nancy (LePere) Darby, whom he married on April 27, 1968; and by two daughters, Julie (Lynn) Weeks, of West Union and Sarah (Aaron) Bischoff, of Paw Paw, Mich. He also leaves behind two sisters, Bonnie (Steve) Krieger, of Manchester and Debbie (Bob) Sutton, of Bright, Ind.; and two grandsons, Andrew Weeks and Aden Weeks.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25 at the Seaman Community Methodist Church in Seaman. The ceremony will be officiated by Ray Degenkolb. Burial will follow at the Cherry Fork Cemetery.

Family and friends may pay their respects from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Lewis-Sullivan Funeral Home, Seaman.

The family requests that memorial donations be made in Steve’s name to either the Dunkinsville United Methodist Church, C/O Brenda and Mike Crackel, 14460 S.R. 41, West Union, Ohio 45693; the West Union football team, C/O Scott McFarland, 405 Lookout View Drive, West Union, Ohio 45693; or to Heartland Hospice, 333 N. Summit St., P.O. Box 10086, Toledo, Ohio 43699.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home, Lewis-Sullivan Chapel. Visit www.wallacethompsonfuneralhomes.com to sign the online guest book.