Retired Capt. Steve Marsh, 72, of Madrid, passed away on Aug. 22.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 10 at the Woodward United Methodist Church in Woodward. Following the funeral will be a meal and visitation.
Steve was born to Kenneth and G. Irene (Anderson) Marsh on Feb. 17, 1948, in Des Moines. He was raised on a farm in Farlin, and the family later moved to Jefferson, where he met his high school sweetheart, Kathy Hansen, at an archery tournament.
Steve graduated from Jefferson Community Schools in 1966.
On Sept. 1, 1967, he and Kathy were married at the First United Methodist Church in Jefferson. Steve attended O.C.S. with the Iowa National Guard. After working with the Iowa Highway Commission as an engineer’s aide, Steve attended law enforcement academy at Camp Dodge and became one of Jefferson’s police officers and later promoted to sergeant.
In January of 1974, he was sworn into the Iowa State Patrol and they moved to Knoxville. Later promotions took them to Oelwein, Ottumwa and Denison. He retired as a captain in Post 1, Des Moines. The family settled by Jester Park.
During his time as a state trooper, Steve received the only national law enforcement award that year in Washington, D.C., by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.) for his creation of the Alcohol Law Enforcement Retail Training program (A.L.E.R.T.) to reduce alcohol sales by retail establishments to underage persons. This was used by cities all over the USA.
Additionally, he was included as one of only 20 law enforcement from across the United States selected by the Secret Service to train at Quantico. The FBI had Steve speak because he had a successful hostage situation and he saved all lives doing it his way.
Steve was an active member of the Methodist Church, most recently Woodward Methodist Church, a member of the Retired State Peace Officers’ Association, the Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite Masons, and held the title of Rainbow Dad for the International Order of Rainbow for Girls, Oelwein Chapter.
Steve had many hobbies. He loved to play Texas Hold’em with his kids and grandkids. He enjoyed scratch-off tickets and playing the lottery. They watched their grandkids play sports and shoot archery. He loved woodworking and building houses with their boys, including their current home. He enjoyed all of his family time fishing, boating and camping as well as hunting deer, turkey, geese, pheasant and elk.
He and Kathy liked to travel to other states and Canada many times to fish with friends. They also made several trips to Switzerland. Steve and Kathy celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Minnesota with their kids and grandkids.
Those left to cherish his memory are wife, Kathy; children: Julie Fridinger, of Union (Bruce Fridinger, Ottumwa); Alicia (David) Jacobs, of Woodstock, Ill.; Wade (Lisa) Marsh, of Waconia, Minn.; Matthew Marsh, of Woodward; his grandchildren: Lauren Jacobs, Kate Jacobs, Annabelle Fridinger, Jerin Fridinger, Bronwyn Fridinger, Cooper Marsh, Beckett Marsh, Dugan Marsh; a brother, Duane (Elaine) Marsh; and his beloved German shepherd Sophie; as well as many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; sister Janey Arbuckle; brothers Don, Wendell and Jerry Marsh.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Woodward United Methodist Church.
Fredregill Funeral & Cremation Care in Polk City has been entrusted with Steve and his family.