Stephen Bonesteel

Stephen Henry Bonesteel, age 67, passed at Kaiser Medical Center in Fresno, California, on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 with loved ones by his side.

Steve grew up on a farm in Fresno where he learned the importance of hard work and the love for family. He carried on this foundation for the remainder of his life.

At the age of 21, Steve met Jan Bonesteel at a movie theatre and the journey began. The two lived in Australia for several years where Steve taught Art. When the two returned to the states, Steve continued his love for art by creating and crafting stained glass windows. Steve made a house a home and provided memorable times to his three children, Amanda, Nicholas, and Katie. He supported his children continuously in the arts, sports, and trades, such as fixing up cars.

He was an avid lover of cars. His admiration of automobiles was carried out in his vocation, the restoration of roadsters, and lifelong friendships he poured into.

Steve is remembered by friends and family as an authentic man with a positive personality. The glass was always half full with Steve. His close family reminisces on his genuineness, frugalness, tolerance, and being a one of a kind father and “Pops”. Family giggles at the saying “Moochie don’t buy.”

Steve is survived by his wife, Jan; his daughter, Amanda and husband Rob; his son Nicholas and fiancé Andrea; his daughter Katie; his four grandchildren, Karis, Tyler, Amelia, and Gabby; his brother, Jim; his brother Jack and wife Cecilia; and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life will be held on Monday, October 6, 2014 at the Bonesteel Residence. All are welcome, as Steve would have liked it to be so.

According to his wishes, contributions can be made to St. Jude’s Foundation.


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Roberta Odahl Jan....I am so sorry....Roberta
RICK SHUPE Hey Jan, I tried to call your cell. I was reading todays Fresno Bee and found a good photo of Steve....In the WRONG section. Sad to see this surprise after just seeing you both last month. So sorry, Rick
Joyce Biglione Dear Jan and your family. I am so sorry to hear about Steve. Our hearts and thoughts are with you. Love, Joyce and Rudy Biglione.
Mary Anne moreno Jan, my thoughts are with you. Steve will be missed. As an artist, he was enjoyable to work with and never tempermental, but always pleasant and understanding. He made working on projects fun because he always came up with unusual ideas.
Sharon Fulier Idiart Dear Jan And Family. I am so sad I just saw Steve at OHS 2 weeks ago and he was so excited about his race car restoration project...and we talked about his grandkids which really had him smiling. He was such a great guy. A really family man with a great sense of humor I am so sorry.
John and Janice Guthrie We are so sorry to hear about Steve. Our condolences to the family.
LEN LINDA ASHBURN JsN Kids . . . Steve s passing was such a bolt out of the blue. So. so sorry.
Don Ellie Huston What a shock to read of Steve s death. Don and I are so very sorry to lose such a special friend. Steve had a contagious smile and he always made us smile. We love the fact that we are Steve s very first paying customers some thirty-five years ago. Our love to you Jan, your children and grandchildren. In Sympathy, ellie
Marsha Anderson Charpentier So very sorry to hear of Steve s passing. What a great life we cousins had in and around the almond orchard and race tracks My most heartfelt love and comfort to Jan and the kids/grandkids, Jack and Cecilia, Jim and all the extended family. Steve can rejoice surrounded by all the Bonesteel angels, a kiind and gentle man gone too soon
Bill BertaoJan I am so sorry to hear about Steve s passing he was a really Great Guy I loved his humor and his love for his Indy cars Please let me know if there is anything that I can do for you may he rest in peace
Cathy Bertao Jan I was so shocked to hear about your husband Steve passing away so suddenly I only met him once but I know from what Bill said about him that he was a really great guy may God Bless you and your family please let me know if I can do anything for you anytime may he rest in peace
Jeannine Butler Jan and family, I was deeply saddened by the news of Steve s passing. Although we don t see each other often, working for Steve at the theater he was more like a big brother than a boss is one of my fondest memories We had such great times. Steve was truly a wonderful person--kind, friendly, helpful, understanding, talented etc. etc. He will be missed. My love and prayers are with all of you. You have my deepest sympathy. Friends always, Jeannine
Jan Wally Yoshimoto Dear Jan, My heart breaks for you in this sudden loss. Our love and sympathy to you and your family. Steve was such a great guy and we always enjoyed our time with you two. Jan Wally
Laura Villarreal Williams Jan and family. I am so very saddened to hear about your dear husband s sudden loss. Please know that I will be praying for you at this most difficult time. I am deeply sorry.
Pam Seyller Kallsen Jan and family, I was stunned to hear the news about Steve and am so terribly sorry for the loss of your wonderful husband, father, grandfather and artist who brightened so many lives. Prayers and hugs. Pam Seyller Kallsen
Nancy and Allen Stegall Jan and Family: We are so sorry to hear about Steve s sudden passing. He was always smiling and the photo you chose was the Steve we remember. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Nancy and Allen
Judy Z Kubale My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. May you find peace in all the love and sharing of precious memories that you will receive from family and friends. Judy
Jim Munro Jan and family, Patt and I were so sorry to learn about Steves passing. He was such a positive and fun guy to meet at local area car shows. Always excited to share pictures of his latest car project. He will be missed but his memory will always be with us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family during this difficult time. RIP Steve. Jim and Patt Munro
Shirley Biglione and familyWe are saddened to learn about Steve, and heartbroken for you and your family. Over these past years when we look at the beautiful mirror Steve designed and made, it always brings happy memories. At the time, on a visit to see the work in progress, Lisa came along. She loved his studio and it inspired her to work with glass mosaic, baby steps compared to his vast talent. His spirit will always live on in all his amazing art works, and will continue to inspire us. What a great guy With love, Shirley, Lisa, and Joe Biglione
Debi DePrima Jan, my family and I were so sad to hear of Steve s passing. I first met Steve when he worked at the Cinema .... you two would come into Carnation for ice cream, many years ago. He was always fun to talk to... be it at the Nursery, Costco or Real Estate and will be remembered through his stained glass windows throughout the nursery and my parents house. I m deeply sorry for your loss and our thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family at this very difficult time. Debi DePrima
Gary Quisenberry Jan, thoughts and prayers from Blair and I. If you need anything just call. Best Wishes, Gary
Wayne anf Sheila Herion Jan and family, we are so very sorry to hear about Steve passing. We have had many compliments of Steve s windows that he created for us many years ago. We always told everyone how much talent Steve had, and what a special person he was. We think of Steve every time we look at our windows that he created. I have known Steve since high school, he was a great person to know then, and will always be remembered that way.
Frank Connie Siskey Jan, Amanda, and Rob, our prayers and thoughts are with you at this tragic time.
Terry MooreI was saddened by the news of Steve s passing. He was such a positive guy and a pleasure to talk to about his art and his old race cars. I was alway glad to see Steve at the car shows and see his face light up when he talked about them. The world has lost a great guy.
Ron WheelerWhile I usually saw Steve only at car shows, I will miss him very much. I last spoke with Steve at the People s Church car show earlier this year. We spoke about his current projects and he invited me to his house to see them. Unfortunately, I never made it. I was shocked to hear of his passing and I m so very sorry. I will always remember Steve as one of the most interesting, polite and happy people I ve ever known.
Lou Christi ParadiseSteve won our hearts at first meeting - much as he did yours Jan, and we will keep the joy of his smile and wonderful welcome with us for the rest of our lives. Our support is with you and your children and their children as long as you need it. We are blessed to have had Steve in our lives and he will forever continue to give us life with his memories.
Pat Howe Jan, My heartfelt thoughts and caring reach out with deep sympathy to you and your family. Take care.
Janet Armer To Steve s Beloved Family, A heartfelt THANK YOU for sharing such a delightful man with the world. I so enjoyed knowing him. With deepest sympathy, Janet
Jim and Cindy Parker Cindy and I were shocked and saddened to read about Steve s sudden passing. Even though our paths did not cross often, we always felt connected to you and Steve. We still enjoy the windows that Steve did in our home and my parents home. Our thoughts are with you and you family.
Tina Lawson Jan, Rick and I are saddened by the news. You and your family are in our prayers.
Nancy Clements Phillips Jan I m sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.
Brittany Allen Dear Jan, Katie, Amanda Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you. I pray that durning this time you feel God s presence and love. My heart hurts for you all as you mourn the loss of such a wonderful man. God bless you all. Love, Brittany Jeffery Allen
Linda Jacobsen Steve will always live in my memory smiling. His joie de vivre, optimism, creativity, and enthusiasm informed his life and were gifts to all who knew him. He was kind and generous with his time and talent, warm and loving, whether as husband, father, grandfather or friend. Though he passed on far too soon, he lived an inspiringly full life, and he will live on in our fond memories of a life well lived.
Patti Thornton Oh my dear Katie-there are no words to express my deepest condolescences to you and your family. What a kind and gentleman lost to our time here but always a whisper or breath or touch or dream away. What a blessing to be so loved during his time. Patti Thornton
Tom and Linda Platten Jan, we are so sorry to hear about Steve s untimely passing. Please know you are in our prayers at this time and in all future days when God s strength will be needed.
Rodger Ward and June Ward Jan, June and I are deeply saddened to hear the news about Steve. We are sorry we are not there. I will miss his humor and consistent smiles. We have lost a friend I have known most of my life. Good memories Please contact us if you need anything. Rodger June
Gordon and Marian Ah-TyeJan and Family, So sorry to hear of Steve s sudden passing. He was a great guy, and it was so fun to see his excitement as he would progress with his car projects. He was a wonderful artist and provided great great pieces that will be just a part of how he will live on. He is with us, and will be forever. Our love to you and the family. Gordon and Marian Ah-Tye, and Family
Joan LassleyDear Jan and family- So very sorry to hear of Steve s sudden passing. Steve will be remembered always as a kind and warm soul. I will miss him at all the reunion committee meetings and appreciate you both opening your home for us for so many years. He was a amazing artist who loved his work and will be remembered fondly for those treasures he created. My best to you and your family. If I can help in any way please don t hesitate to let me know.
Rita Johnson Del Testa I was a high school classmate and enjoyed Steve s friendship. What a generous and good-natured guy. We worked together with Anita Ginder on a Hootenanny it was the 60s it great success in our eyes. After school, he remained welcoming and funny. I am sorry he left us all too soon. I will remember you in my prayers and Steve in my happy memories. Rita Johnson Del Testa
Ron Miller Jan, I was absolutely shocked to read of Steve s passing in the Fresno Bee. It seems like such a short time ago that I ran into him at Orchard Supply. We hadn t talked in a while, however, we had such great times growing up in Sunnyside. We made forts and played lots of games as kids together. Robert and my Dad were old friends and they decided to sell their homes in town and buy land in the country. Mom decided not to do that and that is when I lost my best buddy in the neighborhood. I remember visiting him on the farm and being so jealous that he had a go cart track in the orchard. We both loved cars from an early age and listened to the Indy 500 every year. We used to talk race car drivers and cars all day as kids. I went by the house, but the line was out to the street and I decided you didn t need another mouth to feed or a body to sit so I went on home. Bless you Jan and thank you for all that you have done for me and my family. My prayers are with you and your family. Steve will be missed by all who knew him. Ron Miller
STEPHANIE KACHADURIAN Jan - I was so shocked to hear about Steve I just heard today from the Ah Tyes...So weird that I just got to see you last week and then this happened. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Kai and I send our love to your whole family but especially to Katie and you...If there is anything I can do, please do not hesitate to call. Stephanie and Kaira Kachadurian
John ReevesJan and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Steve was an artist in every sense of the word. He will be missed by his friends, family and those who came in contact with his whit and charm. I send my prayers and deep condolences.
Ray and Shirley Butler Hi Jan, We were deeply saddened by Steves passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Obviously the distance between us kept us from joining you in the celebration of Steves life but again our thoughts were with you.
Tom SchmehI am so sorry to hear this sad news. Steve will never be forgotten at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Museum in Knoxville, Iowa. He has been a friend and supporter of ours for over twenty years, just as we have been of his and his works and efforts . Rest in peace, friend.
Paulette Worley Bopp Dear Jan I am so glad that I had a chance to talk to Steve at the reunion, he was a very kind man. The memorial was a testament to how much he was loved and admired. I am so glad I was there. I will definitely be praying for you and your family in the days ahead as you adjust to a new normal. Take good care of your wonderful self Love Paulette
gregg hernandez It was an honor to have attended Steve s celebration of life thank .
Jim and Linda Babcock Dear Jan, Amanda, Nicholas, Katie, Jim and I were on a short vacation when I got a phone call from my sister in Oregon that Steve had passed away. What a sinking feeling I felt when I heard the news. Steve and I go back as far as the first grade. First grade through the 8th grade at Dry Creek Elementary. Then on to Clovis High School for another four years. I know you have all heard the great things about your father, but I want to add some special comments about the little boy who drew cars all the time in school. Your husband and father had a great talent from a very early age. He was an artist from the start and, of course, you know how much he loved cars. He was the sweetest boy, always so kind and gentle. I see us on the playground at Dry Creek Elementary when it was just a small country school. Playing with Carolyn, Andy, Julie, Joanne, Rosemary, Bill, Dickie, Gerald, Gordon, Christine, Maureen, and so many others. Steve will remain in our hearts forever, because he truly was that talented little boy who grew up to be a wonderful human being who left his mark in his lifetime. Jim and I want to extend our condolences and express our sorrow for your great loss. If you need to just get away, if you need to talk, or just have a glass of wine in the hills of Paso Robles, always know our doors are open to you. Love, Jim and Linda Babcock
Pat RileyJan I am so sorry for your loss. It was a pleasure for me to meet Steve at our reunion. He seemed like a true gentleman. As your life changes remember God and your friends will be there to comfort you in the days ahead. God bless you and your family through this difficult time.
Ron Branam I first met Steve at a car show in Clovis a few years back. Little did I know then he would be doing some windows for our front dorrs and I would stop by the shop almost daily while on my bike ride. At first it was just to snitch some oranges but as car guys, I had to keep track of how his projectws were going along. with me, it started with the Pink Lady. I had only known Steve a couple of years but he was always gracious and friendly when I would stop by his house to talk cars and such. Steve liked to restore vintage race cars. Not just any race cars, he specialized in oval dirt trackers. His last project - still in progress - was his biggest: a rear-engine car driven by Johnny Boyd in the Indy 500. I ll miss you Steve.
Bill and Linda Smittcamp Jan, Bill and I just returned from a 10 day trip with the news about Steve. My heart breaks for you and your family. Steve was a talented guy and will be missed. Thoughts and prayers cover you and your family in this difficult time. Just know we thought the world of Steve and will always look at his glass work in our home fondly A true artist
John and Jeanie MillerWe were so shocked to hear about Steve. Our prayers are with you today and always. He was a wonderful slice of sunshine to us. He will be missed.
Carolyn Hopson Zutler Jan, I m so sorry to hear about your husband. I wasn t aware of your loss until this evening. May his memory be a blessing to all who knew him.
Ann and Bill Keag Bill and I were saddened to hear of Steve s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
doald thomas so sorry to hear of steves passing god bless

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