Stried, Keith Harold – 1995

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Keith Stried

Keith Harold Stried, 40, formerly of Marion

Keith Harold Stried, age 40 of Delaware passed away Tuesday, February 21, 2017 surrounded by his family at Kobacker House in Columbus following a 15 month brave battle against cancer. His family and community of supporters will forever remain “Stried Strong” inspired by his legacy of faith, courage, and strength; traits which will live on in each of his supporters.

He was born in Newport News, Virginia on January 31, 1977 the son of Harold and Shirley (Johnson) Stried of Marion. Keith graduated from Pleasant High School in 1995, where he excelled in baseball, basketball, and golf.  He then attended the Ohio Wesleyan University, a member of the Bishop’s baseball team and graduated in 2000.

Following graduation he married Jessica Stephenson. They were blessed with two sons: Carter and Jaxson.  Keith’s greatest joy and proudest achievement was to coach his sons in their various sports and watch them play ball. Their life centered on those activities. Keith also had an immense passion for all things in nature, the outdoors, hunting, and fishing. But nothing surpassed his love and devotion for both his faith and family.

Keith looked forward to the opportunity to have fun and laugh, even in the midst of illness. Described as caring, loving, and quiet, he was also witty and strong. He was a loving and treasured husband and father.

As a member of the Delaware Christian Church, he participated in their serving ministry. A man of God, he was strong in his faith and instilled the importance of faith to his children. Keith was a father to many, more than his own. He showed so much grace and courage right to the end. His greatest desire was for everyone to know Christ.

Keith is also survived by his sister LeAnn (Todd) Morgan; brother Tim (Anna) Stried and their sons Gavin and Graham; parents-in-law: Debbie (Larry) Popp and Phil Stephenson; sister-in-law: Errika (Anthony) Bowman and their children Blake, Harper and Chase; brother-in-law Lincoln (Katie) Stephenson and their children Kamri and Liam; step sister-in-law Lindsey (Kevin) Barnett and their children Hunter, Brooklyn, and Maci.  He is also survived by aunts, uncles, extended family, and a host of Stried Strong supporters and friends.

Services were held at Delaware Christian Church, with Pastor Sam Rosa officiating. Burial followed in Oak Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Stried Strong Fund for the college tuition of Carter and Jaxson, c/o Delaware County Bank, 800 W. Central Ave., Delaware, Ohio 43015.

Bev Bay Russell says:
February 23, 2017 at 10:33 pm

Hugs and Prayers for you and the boys, Jess. Keith will always be an inspiration…God Bless!

Jason Lambert says:
February 24, 2017 at 10:27 am

Prayers from Jason Lambert and family….

I feel my dad, I still feel his love, and I still love him. I would do anything to have him back, but half the reason that my life is good, has real, true value, is that he died. I would obviously rather have him alive, but he gave me so much in his death. Gwyneth Paltrow
Brenda Penix Duff says:
February 24, 2017 at 10:55 am

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Stried family.

Kathy Kamler says:
February 24, 2017 at 11:58 am

We are so very sorry about you loss, you and your boys are in our thoughts and prayers.

Kathy and AJ Kamler

Joy Fordham says:
February 24, 2017 at 3:39 pm

Our prayers are with you and your family.

The Fordham Family

Isaiah 54:10
“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my convenant of peace removed.” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.

Wendy Humble says:
February 24, 2017 at 10:05 pm

Jessica, Carter, and Jaxson you have and will remain in my thoughts and prayers daily.
Linda Curtis Knabel says:
February 24, 2017 at 10:53 pm

So very, very sorry you have lost a son. You have the peace knowing you will see him again. Prayers for his family and yours.

Bruce & Cindy Neel says:
February 24, 2017 at 11:29 pm

Jessica, Carter & Jaxson,

We pray you find comfort in the love Keith left behind, hope in all of the quiet ways that he prepared you to continue on and joy in the knowledge that his life is not a shadow of things past but a lantern of hope lighting your path in the days to come.

Thinking of you all at this difficult time. Bruce & Cindy

Jeff Cook says:
February 24, 2017 at 11:31 pm

My deepest sympathy for the loss of your son. No words can ease your pain but, I hope, knowing others care and are here to give you support, will help … if only a little. You will remain in our heart, our prayers, and our thoughts. May God Bless

Tom and Joy Andorfer says:
February 26, 2017 at 6:43 pm

Tom and I send our love and prayers to this entire family. We have very special memories of Michael and Keith in all their sporting endeavors and activities together at Pleasant. God called a mighty warrior home but has promised us that we will see our loved ones again. May God continue to hold you in His loving arms.

Aaron Crider says:
February 27, 2017 at 7:57 pm

Thoughts and Prayers to your Family.

Aaron Crider and Family
Danielle dunham says:
February 27, 2017 at 8:32 pm

I am so sorry for your loss jessica. Even though I didn’t know Keith that well I know he has touched so many lives. I am sorry I was not able to come and say goodbye. Thinking of you and your family.

Gary and amystried says:
February 28, 2017 at 5:34 pm

God has His ways and we do not know his way, but he put Keith here to give joy and love to his family and friends. His demonstrated faith, will ring others closer to God which is Gods plann for all of us. Keith showed the way . As part of the extended Stried family I feel his loss even though I wasen’t Abel to spend as much time with him, as I did with his father Harold. Our love to all of his wonderful family.God will always be with you all. . Bless you Gary and Amy Stried

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