ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Steve Key, 67 years old, born on January 6, 1954, and passed away on April 16, 2021. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Stan Key on June 18, 2021
Please email stan_key@tx.rr.com if you would like the Zoom or Conference call link for the Memorial Celebration of Life on June 26th at 1:30 PM.
Posted by Dawn White on May 8, 2021
My family and I send our condolences. I have know him ever since I was a child. He will be missed. God bless the family. McNeil, Betty, and Dawn White.
Posted by Rita Powell on April 30, 2021
To Stan Key and Family - Sending heartfelt condolences, prayers and much love to you during this difficult time. May your memories of Steve provide comfort and peace in the days ahead. I am grateful that we had a chance to meet Steve when he was here in Dallas. As you go through this difficult time, please let me know if you need anything. Remember that those that we share so much of our lives with will forever be a part of us.

Posted by Willie Washington on April 24, 2021
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Steve's family. His life impacted many . Steve was a neighbor, friend and fraternity brother. During our interactions he was always cordial and respectful . Please accept my thoughts and prayers for your comfort during this difficult time.

Posted by Jack Jackson on April 23, 2021
To the family of Mr. Steve Key:

Steve was truly a gentleman. I had the pleasure of meeting him in the mid-90's when I worked for Chamber of Commerce in Dayton. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for your loss.
Posted by Stan Key on April 21, 2021
At the expense of leaving someone off this list, the family would like to offer a special thanks to a few special people who went well beyond to support Steve during his trying and most difficult last months. You guys will never know how much it meant to the family having you there to selflessly support Steve the way you did. Monumental thanks to Curtis Symonds, Charlie Greene, Ron Todd, Danny Jackson, Lee Warren and Michael Dudley. If I've omitted anyone, please forgive me.

Special thanks and love also to the many caring nurses and aids at the Xenia and Trotwood Davita Kidney Care facilities as well as the SKLD Nursing Home in New Lebanon. You guys were family to us and we certainly couldn't have done it without you. 
Posted by Stan Key on April 21, 2021
For those who knew Steve, let’s not allow our memories the past two years to define him. The strain of dialysis, kidney failure and ultimately cancer took a debilitating toll both physically and mentally during this period. This was not the Steve we knew and loved. So, as I morn and come to terms with his passing, I’m trying to focus on his fuller life.

Steve was rather complicated in many ways yet simple in others. That of course represents many of us. He ultimately wanted to be liked, loved and admired by his family and friends. He wanted to be happy, trusted and honored as somebody special. 

I visited often with him the past several months and can conclude that he left us believing he had realized his purpose. He spoke joyfully about good times shared with friends partying and celebrating back in his heyday. He talked of special occasions with our brothers and sisters back in Wilberforce, Philadelphia, Lansing and Chicago. He dearly loved our mother and was devastated by her death. He treasured his friendships with the guys on the Xenia High School basketball and football teams and often quoted Rollie Barton as an influencer. He talked about breaking his ankle during his Wilmington College football debut and how sorry he was his brother and sister had to witness it.

He appreciated the importance of helping others and made it a special point to support others through mentoring, sharing advice, providing financial support or simply just showing up. He looked to and tried to treat his nephews like his own sons. He was also proud of his public speaking and sales training accomplishments as well as his leadership role in various corporate United Way campaigns. Although he didn’t win, he was pleased with the confidence he acquired executing a competitive run for the local State of Ohio Rep 2012 seat.

I spent a lot of days and hours listening to Steve highlight his achievements during his final months. Like all of us, he had some regrets but overall, felt good about his life. Steve, my brother, you and can rest in peace knowing you put up a gallant and heroic battle both during and before your illness. I promise we won’t forget you and that you can rest in peace knowing you were indeed “somebody” special.

Love you,
Your Family and Dear Friends!

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Recent Tributes
Posted by Stan Key on June 18, 2021
Please email stan_key@tx.rr.com if you would like the Zoom or Conference call link for the Memorial Celebration of Life on June 26th at 1:30 PM.
Posted by Dawn White on May 8, 2021
My family and I send our condolences. I have know him ever since I was a child. He will be missed. God bless the family. McNeil, Betty, and Dawn White.
Posted by Rita Powell on April 30, 2021
To Stan Key and Family - Sending heartfelt condolences, prayers and much love to you during this difficult time. May your memories of Steve provide comfort and peace in the days ahead. I am grateful that we had a chance to meet Steve when he was here in Dallas. As you go through this difficult time, please let me know if you need anything. Remember that those that we share so much of our lives with will forever be a part of us.

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Obituary

We mournfully announce the passing of Wayne Stevenson Key, 67, of Wilberforce, Ohio. Steve passed away at Miami Valley Hospital on April 16, 2021 after a hard-fought battle with Colon Cancer.

Steve was the 7th and last child born to Eugene and Dorothy Key on January 6th 1954 in Baldwyn Mississippi. He moved to Wilberforce along with his family at the age of five and remained there throughout the majority of his life. Steve loved sports and was an avid fan of the Central State University Marauders whose football and basketball teams influenced his lifelong interest and passion for athletics and the mentoring of young people. 

Steve graduated from Xenia High School in 1972 lettering in varsity football and basketball. Steve attended Wilmington College on a football scholarship but later transferred to Michigan State University where he graduated with a major in political science.

After graduating college, Steve started his career in sales working for Honeywell in Chicago, Illinois. His interest later changed with a career move to Bank One and various financial institutions in the mortgage and corporate lending divisions.

Steve valued engaging conversations and debates with special interest in sports, movies and politics. His political aspirations were highlighted with a very competitive democratic candidate run during the Ohio 74th State District Rep 2012 election.

Steve traveled all over the USA but always relished his home in Wilberforce where he was raised and shared amazing friendships and lifelong experiences. Steve never married but took great interest in counseling and supporting family and friends. He was quick-witted and often enjoyed laughing at his own jokes and observations. And upon occasions, he might even laugh at yours.

Steve was a Christian believer and was preceded in death by parents, Eugene and Dorothy Key and brother, Burnis Key.

Steve is survived by his brothers, Jesse Key (Nancy) of Buffalo, NY., Stanley Key (Norma Jean) of Dallas, Tx. and three sisters, Dr. Dorothy Gardner-Martin of Deer Field Beach, Fl., Dr. Gwen McIntosh of Deer Field Beach, Fl., and Dr. Minnie Wheeler-Thomas (Richard) of East Lancing, MI., along with a host of nephews, nieces and cousins. A very special thanks to those trusted friends who stood with Steve and truly supported him during his trying final years.

In lieu of the Covid 19 surges, the family has decided to postpone Steve’s memorial service and celebration until late June 2021. Details for Steve’s memorial service will be posted here when finalized.
Recent stories

I'm going to play football at Xenia High

Shared by Melvin Medcalf on April 19, 2021
Steve is my dear cousin of the same age. When my family stayed with Uncle Eugene during the summer of 1968,Steve had made up his mind to play football like his brother "Stan the Man". He thought he had to get bigger, so he tried to put on weight by drinking lots of milk. Uncle Eugene would always fuss because Wayne Stevenson was drinking all the milk that came to the house and there were others in the house. When Uncle Eugene was upset, he seemed to call you by your entire name. We laughed as kids, but Uncle Eugene was dead serious. What a summer it was - Memories!

There's NO Santa Claus

Shared by Stan Key on April 19, 2021
Granted, this story goes back a very long time but I’ll share it nevertheless. It goes back to early childhood when Steve and I were sitting in our house back when we lived in the old barracks on the Central State University campus. Well, this was a couple days before Christmas and Mother and Daddy were out shopping or something.

First of all, I’m two years older than Steve and I’m about 8 years old or thereabouts at this time. We’re arguing about whether or not there is a real Santa Claus. I tell him that Santa is real and that he should believe what we’ve been told so let’s stop talking about it.

Well, he says, follow me. He goes to the attic stairs, pulls them down, and takes me up into the attic and points to all the gifts stored there. I was pissed! He smiled and said, I told you so, no Santa Claus.

Here he is the younger brother but found out there was no Santa before I did. Of course, I had no interest in truly wanting the truth but he had no issue with it. I had planned to keep on believing this for as long as possible but Steve still enjoyed Christmas just the same whether Santa was real or not. I couldn’t.

Steve sometimes played dumb while being keenly aware of everything and everybody around him.

Please share your Steve Key story. We’d love to read it.