Stephen M. Anthony

VIENNA — Stephen Michael Anthony, 53, died Friday, July 21, 2017, after succumbing to a long battle with PTSD.

Stephen retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserve as a master sergeant at the 910th Airlift Wing in Vienna. During his 23 years of service, he was a craftsman (7 level) in three different Air Force skilled trades. Stephen supported eight different contingency operations, including the Enduring and Iraqi Freedom operations. Stephen was decorated 31 times, obtaining the Meritorious Service Medal for his personal dedication and commitment. Stephen was a great mentor, mechanic and wingman for all who had served with him.

Stephen also served with the Howland Township Police Department before transferring to employment with the State of Ohio. He retired from his public service career in 2016.

He was a member of the following groups: the American Legion, the DAV of Trumbull County, the VFW and the NRA.

Stephen was a man of honor, integrity and loyalty to family and country. His favorite role of all time was as a father, husband and neighborhood “Uncle Steve.” He enjoyed kickball, water wars, back yard fires and camping. He loved being a Howland Band Dad, Dance Dad and enjoyed teaching rocketry, auto mechanics and welding. He believed in one true God, had high moral values and lived according to those values.

Mr. Anthony is survived by his wife, Sally Ann, and their two children, Jacob Von and Tiana Nicole. He also is survived by a brother, Mark (Amanda) Anthony of Decatur, Ala.; a sister, Suzanne Anthony of Mayfield Heights; his father-in-law, Grandpa Al (Marta) Ruiz of San Antonio; five nephews; one niece; and other loving family members.

He was predeceased by his parents, Clyde and Colleen Anthony.

A memorial service will be noon Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, at North-Mar Church, 3855 Market St., Warren, with calling hours there from 10 a.m. to noon.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made via PayPal to Patriot Pinup at www.patriotpinup.org, a group who honors our nation’s heroes, like Stephen.

Arrangements are being handled by the Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel, 1884 North Road NE, Warren, Ohio 44483.

Family and friends may visit www.peterrossiandsonfh.com to view this obituary, sign the guestbook, and send condolences to the Anthony family.

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