Mr. Steven Walleye Dailey

  • Born: February 4, 1954
  • Died: February 10, 2013
  • Location: Manhattan, Illinois

Kurtz Memorial Chapel

102 E. Francis Road
P.O. Box 129
New Lenox, IL 60451

Tel. (815) 485-3200

Tribute & Message From The Family

Steven Anthony Dailey

Steven Anthony (Walleye) Dailey of Manhattan, Illinois, passed away February 10, 2013, at his home. Steve is survived by his loving wife of more than twenty-five years, Lori (nee Rhodes) Dailey. He is also survived by his mother, Joanne (nee Yates) Dailey and his two brothers, Michael J. (Carolyn) Dailey and Timothy L. (Sharon) Dailey all of New Lenox, Illinois. Other survivors include an uncle, Thomas P. (Sandra) Yates of Frankfort, Illinois, two aunts, Virginia (Les) DeCarlo of New Lenox, Illinois, and Nancy Yates of Bloomington, Illinois; nieces Michelle A. Dailey (Brandon Humphreys), Ashleigh Nussbaum, and Hannah M. Nussbaum (Benjamin Meinert); and many loving cousins. Also surviving Steve include in-laws Loren (Rosemarie) Rhodes, Lonny (Kim) Rhodes, Larry (Suzy) Rhodes, Linda Gomolka (Mike Carey), Lisa Connolley, and nephews Anthony, Grant, Reid, and Riley Rhodes, Mitchell and Carter Connolley, and Jacob Gomolka. Steve was preceded in death by his father, Harold L Dailey (1968) and a brother, Barry W. Dailey (1972); paternal and maternal grandparents; and uncles, William E. Yates, Jr., James D. Dailey, and Joseph R. Dailey. Steve was educated at St. Jude Elementary School, Providence Catholic High School, Joliet Junior College, and graduated from the University of Northern Illinois at DeKalb. Steve was a gifted athlete who tried it all at Providence: football, baseball, wrestling, and track (pole vault and sprints). He held the record for the 100-yard dash at Joliet Junior College (9.95 seconds). At Northern Illinois University, Steve was a member of the intramural track team and rugby club. Steve was an avid softball player, volleyball player, and recently took to umpiring. Steve's cousin Kevin Dailey wrote, in part, that Steve was a unique blend of "good will, blarney, honesty, humor, and sincerity." Steve was a loyal friend who will be greatly missed. Steve received unusually compassionate support during his illness from his employer and fellow employees at Tri-Star Cabinet and Top Company in New Lenox where he had been employed for over thirty-four years. Steve made friends in all facets of his life. Come celebrate Steve's life! Family will receive friends at the Kurtz Memorial Chapel, 102 E. Francis Rd., New Lenox, Illinois, on Saturday, February 16, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. until time of funeral service at 4:00 p.m. Per Steve's wishes, cremation rites were accorded. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Steve's name will be divided between Providence Catholic High School, New Lenox, and a program for the awareness of esophageal cancer screenings.


Condolence & Memory Journal


Dear Lori,
I am so sorry for you loss. Steve was your soul mate. You are such a dear friend and I want you to know that you and your family are thought of and I will hold you in my heart. Be encouraged and know that God holds Steve in his arms and he is in peace. God bless you....

Posted by Debra Sumner - Plainfield, IL - friend   February 23, 2013

Read of the passing of Steve and it brought back memories of 1969 when I moved to New Lenox and Steve was the first person to welcome me. What a great guy. The memories of him are many. I'm sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with his family

Posted by Glen Shelton - Joliet, IL   February 16, 2013

Lori- You have our sympathy in the death of Steve. We have been in contact with your parents through his sickness.
We wanted you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers in this difficult time.

Glen & Willie Culp Albion, Michigan

Posted by Glen &Willie Culp - Albion, MI - friend   February 15, 2013

To my friend Joanne, My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family as this time of sorrow. I hope it may help you to know your friends are keeping you in our hearts today and in the days to come. With love, Mary Ingmire

Posted by Mary Ingmire - Orland Park,, IL - Friend   February 15, 2013


Sajd, I will never forget your wonderful humor and special laugh. You have always had the gift of putting a smile on others and I thank you for the many you gave me the past 40 years
My deepest heartfelt sympathy to Lori, Mike, Tim Joanne and all that know Steve. May your memories along with the knowledge of how many lives Steve has touched in such a meaningful way give you some comfort during this painful time.

Posted by Paula Bachmann - New Lenox, IL - Friend   February 15, 2013

I met Steve many years ago as he was a good friend of my brother Kevin. Of course if you knew Steve, he became your friend too! Many years of playing football on Sundays with Steve and the guys are among my fondest memories. Road trips to Mississippi and every other time I was with Steve...I was laughing. I could go on and on but I am blessed to have know Steve.

Posted by Tim Fahey - naperville, IL - friend   February 15, 2013

Lori and Family,

We are very sorry for your loss. Steve was always a great cousin to us. I have some old family video of Steve at family parties from back in the day I'll try and get to you.

Only regret from me was I never got to beat him in golf!

Rest in Peace Steve.

Joe, Jamie, and Holly Yates

"I have fought the good fight. I have completed the race. I have kept the faith."
Timothy 4:7

Posted by Joe, Jamie, and Holly Yates - Frankfort, IL - Cousin   February 14, 2013

Steve was a great man. He will truly be missed by all. My sincerest condolences.

"Until we meet again, may God
Hold you in the palm of his hand."

Posted by Nathan Wilda - Western Springs, IL - Friend   February 14, 2013

We are very sorry for your loss. Steve was a good man. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Mark & Mick & Kris Mietsner - elwood, IL - friend   February 14, 2013

I didn't get to see Lori and Steve much, but I remember the first time I met him at a family gathering in Carlinville. Everytime Lori looked at him, her face lit up. I could tell they were best friends, and thanked God for their relationship.

Posted by Brenda Eden - Decatur, IL - 1st cousin to Lori   February 14, 2013

Uncle Steve was the best story teller. My fondest memories are sitting around the table, listening to him tell his favorites, from kicking butt in track, pole vaulting in the front yard, or talking his way out of a ticket or two. Uncle Steve taught me how to have fun in the mud at the Manhattan Irish Fest, to appreciate my relationships & to treat others with kindness. When I was younger, Uncle Steve would make us believe there were cats and dogs around every corner with his crazy ability to throw animal noises! I will certainly miss the birthday phone calls-harmonicha playing and singing, his advice, and his welcoming arms to my fiance, Ben. RIP Uncle will be love.

Posted by Hannah - New Lenox, IL - Niece   February 13, 2013