Steve has lived in Lansing and Holt most of his life. After graduating from Holt High School in 1982, he attended Lansing Community College, during which time he served his apprenticeship at the Estes-Leadley Funeral Homes. After graduating from Mortuary College in Miami, Florida, he work at Langeland Funeral Homes in Kalamazoo. In 1990, he accepted a funeral director position at Estes-Leadley Funeral Homes, where he has worked since that time. In 2007, he and Jeremy Gough took advantage of an opportunity to purchase the funeral homes. Steve is a member of the Holt Kiwanis Club, and enjoys fitness and traveling. He and his wife, Elaine, live in Dimondale, with their two dogs, Klink (a German Shepherd) and Bugsy (a Yorkshire Terrier).