Steven Matthew Caffey

Memorial services for Steven Matthew Caffey, 41, of Lawrence, will be held 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. The family will greet friends following the service until 4:00 p.m. Steven died January 22, 2016 at his home in Lawrence.

He was born September 17, 1974 in LaGrange, Illinois the son of Charles and Ruth (Kinder) Caffey.

He worked as a Mechanic for a number of years. He was an avid sports fan, especially for the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago Bears and had a passion for cars.

He is survived by his mother, Ruth of Lawrence, his son, Charles Caffey of Ottawa, KS; his siblings, Charles Eugene Caffey of Tennessee, Don Caffey of Minnesota, Jeffrey Caffey of Kansas, Rochelle Caffey of Illinois, Yvette Caffey of Illinois, Geneva Austin of Illinois and Jodi Caffey-Tolbert of Virginia and many other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his father, Charles, his daughter, JaNea, brothers, Larry and Darren and other nieces and nephews.

The family suggest memorials in his name to Steven M. Caffey Memorial Fund and may be sent in care of the mortuary.

15 Condolences

  1. Nancy, Fred Defenbaugh Damian Fluker on January 22, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    We are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. Steve was one of a kind and a great friend to DJ.

  2. Christina Williams on January 23, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    My heart goes out to the family. Steve was a good friend, he will be missed dearly.

  3. Lakarra Brannan on January 23, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    He was like family….I really never got to spend time with him, but he accepted me in the family and supported me…..I’m still in the state of shock that this happened…….I loved him like another dad……forever missed ❤

  4. Jani burghart on January 23, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    My condolences to the family. Steve was such a great neighbor and a good friend and our neighborhood ! Prayers to the family. Steve you will be missed.

  5. Naomi Brooks on January 23, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    I am the great grandmother of Charles Caffey, and live in Topeka, Kansas. I knew Steve and know how proud he was of Charles. Love and prayers for all of you.

  6. Marsha on January 24, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Ruth I’m so sorry for your loss.

  7. Susie Mercer on January 24, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Ruth and Steve’s son Charles: I am so sorry for your loss. I had the privilege of caring for Steve for several years as well as his father Charles. Steve had a great sense of humor and was always laughing and singing and joking around. He spoke fondly of his family and was immensely proud of his son. He bragged to me all the time about his sons athletic ability. He truly loved you all and it was evident that Charles was the center of his universe. Bless you all during this difficult time. He will be missed by all that knew him.

  8. Jennifer Mantz on January 24, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    Steve was my very first passenger for the para-transit services in Lawrence and has ridden with me many, many times. He had a great spirit to him, despite his many challenges. I enjoyed his stories, his music, the amazing things he had to say about his son, and especially the way that he could just wipe stress away with his boisterous laugh. He taught me so much. I am so privileged to have been a small part of his life.

  9. Gail sweets on January 24, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    and hisI’m so sorry for your loss for your family and his son may God be with you

  10. Carrie Lindsey on January 25, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Dear Charles and family,

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I have very fond memories of Steve. I remember when he first brought you to the office. You were clearly his little man. He was so proud of you. And he was still very proud of you. I hope you can remember how funny he was, how he liked to cook and how he was a really hard worker for as long as he could work. Thinking of you all.

    Carrie Lindsey, formerly of RSO

  11. Ruth Lee on January 26, 2016 at 10:02 am

    I considered Steve to be one of my best friends, I worked at MV for 13 years and had the pleasure of booking rides for Steve but it went even farther than work, we ate at the little café down the street and talked on the phone weekly for never less than an hour at a time, I could go on and on but just wanted to say love and miss you Steve and to Ruthie and Charles take care, he would want you to be strong for him.

  12. Stacy Coats on January 27, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    My heart goes out to all the of family. Steve was my neighbor first. Then close friend of me and my young son (Kyler). He was always so positive no matter what was thrown in his path. I miss his stories n laughter, he was also a great cook. My son always would say “my Steve”. We used to talk for hours. He is loved and missed by many.

  13. Steve Tramba on January 28, 2016 at 10:54 am

    I only had the privilege of meeting Steve 1x during the summer of 2014, but as I noted when I shared his passing with friends on my FB page – in that short time, I met someone who faced life with the same positivity that we should all face it with each day. My parents helped provide a meal / snacks on occasion, and I know my dad is going to have a very hard time saying goodbye to his friend today. My dad met Steve through the “T”, and as he noted about his many para-based friends – some of them will leave us earlier than others. I wish Steve’s family peace & comfort knowing he leaves so many friends behind, and that Charles is going to make him very proud as he continues on his life journey.

    RIP my friend – you will be missed my family in Lawrence & Chicago.

  14. James House on January 28, 2016 at 11:40 am

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Steve’s family and friends. Steve was one of a kind and will truly be missed.

  15. Bj Adams on January 29, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    I’m glad I had the privilege to drive for Steve on for Mv. He was in amazing gut who I love to talk to and listen to. Steve you will be miss and we all live ya man. Look down on us from the top

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