Fr. Steve Humphrey

Aug 21st, 1941 - Apr 7th, 2019


St. Joseph Catholic Church/Lebanon, Illinois

Sat, Apr. 13th, 2019 9:30 AM ~ 10:30 AM


St. Joseph Catholic Church/Lebanon, Illinois

Sat, Apr. 13th, 2019 10:30 AM


St. Joseph Cemetery/Lebanon, Illinois

Sat, Apr. 13th, 2019

Fr. Steve Humphrey

 Fr. Stephen James Humphrey, 77, of St. Louis, MO, passed away at 7:20 AM, Sunday, April 7, 2019 at the Active Recovery Center of Helia in Energy, Illinois. Fr. Steve was born on August 21, 1941 in Quincy, Illinois, the son of Edward O. and Edith (Bickhaus) Humphrey.

He attended Minor Seminary at St. Henry’s in Belleville and Major Seminary at St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois, and was ordained a Priest on May 13, 1967 at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Belleville. He began his 51 year vocation as an associate pastor at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Murphysboro, IL. His first assignment as pastor was at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Cobden, during which time he also served as a Chaplain at Anna State Hospital . He later served as co-pastor of St. Patrick and Holy Angels Catholic Churches in East St. Louis, IL. Subsequently he served as pastor at the following churches: St. Barbara Catholic Church in Okawville, Sacred Heart Catholic Church in DuQuoin (where he celebrated his 25th anniversary as a priest), Immaculate Conception Church and Grade School in Columbia, and St. Boniface Catholic Church in Germantown. He celebrated his 50 year anniversary of priesthood at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lebanon, IL, where he served as a sacramental priest. He was an active member of the Southern Illinois Association of Priests, where he was past president and current treasurer. Fr. Steve was a passionate man who fought for social justice and for those less fortunate. He had a keen wit and big appreciative laugh for a good joke or story. With a real thirst for knowledge, he pursued every educational opportunity throughout his life, including advanced college courses and traveling the world to experience other cultures.

Survivors include- Brothers- Mark E. Humphrey and wife Donna of Lake of Egypt and Mike O. Humphrey and wife Sue of Marion. Nieces and nephews: Beth Ramsey and husband Benji of Brighton, IL, Sarah Presson and husband Ryan of Troy, IL, Zach Humphrey of Lake Worth, FL, Anna Humphrey of Marion. Great Nieces and nephews: Brock and Brinley Presson of Troy, Ava Jean Humphrey of Lake Worth, FL. His parents preceded him in death.

Visitation will start at 9:30AM, Saturday, April 13, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church/ 901 N. Alton/ Lebanon, IL 62254. Mass of Resurrection for Father Steve will start at 10:30AM. Monsignor James Margason and Fr. James Dougherty will officiate. Inurnment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Lebanon. Arrangements were made at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion, IL. Instead of flowers, a memorial donation to Cosgrove’s Kitchen in East St. Louis, Immaculate Conception Grade School in Columbia, IL or the Southern Illinois Association of Priests (or charity of your choice) is preferred. Donations will be accepted at the visitation, or you may send check c/o Mark Humphrey/ 340 Marina Circle/ Creal Springs, IL 62922.      

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11 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Bill and Judy Foley

    From: Port Saint Lucie , Florida

    Date: April 10, 2019

    RIP Steve. You are fondly remembered and loved by us. Fly with them angels.

  • Guest: David Baggott

    From: Asheville, North Carolina

    Date: April 10, 2019

    Knew him during his early days at St. Joseph in Cobden. A good man

  • Guest: Ben fuehne

    From: New Baden , Illinois

    Date: April 10, 2019

    Rest In Peace ,Steve.

  • Guest: Robert Otrembiak

    From: Olympia, Washington

    Date: April 10, 2019

    Father Steve was very up front with me the first time we met. I was pleased to earn his trust, and eventually his friendship. His hearty laugh will be missed.

  • Guest: Loretta PETERS

    From: PLYMOUTH, Indiana

    Date: April 10, 2019

    Fond memories of Steve from East St. Louis and Columbia IL. He was also a great cook!!!! Blessings to his family and friends at this time of transition.

  • Guest: Judy Bittle

    From: New Caney, Texas

    Date: April 11, 2019

    Father Humphrey was a wonderful priest.
    My first husband was the first couple he marrried in Cobden. He also preached my Dads funeral. He was such wonderful person.
    I will really miss him so much.

  • Guest: Jerry D. Pulley

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: April 12, 2019

    Hardly had the opportunity to know Fr. Steve, but hearing all the wonderful stories about him and his works, leads me to wish I had taken the chance to know him. In knowing his brothers and wives, I am fortunate to have known that he belonged to a wonderful family. Fr. Steve will be greatly missed, but we know he is with the Lord!!

  • Guest: Raymond Barr

    From: Eldorado, Illinois

    Date: April 12, 2019

    Mark & Mike: Oh, what a joyful presence and wit boomed out of Steve, even when a touch of irony needed to be employed. Many happy times were shared with your family through the deep kinship between Steve and Walter. Kim and I together developed an appreciation for Steve’s straightforward practicality during our Pre-Cana meetings with him. He is fondly remembered.

  • Guest: Melissa Lockhart

    From: Atlanta, Georgia

    Date: April 14, 2019

    We were so lucky to have Father Steve in our little parish in Okawville, so many years ago. I feel that he has been a part of the maintainance of my faith through some very difficult times. I haven’t seen him for so many years, but I hope and pray that someday we can meet again in heaven.
    Go forward to God, Father Steve. Thank you.

  • Guest: Cyrilla Prusacki

    From: Du Quoin, Illinois

    Date: April 16, 2019

    I am a member at Sacred Heart in Du Quoin. Father Steve baptized our son almost thirty-three years ago. He will always have an important place in our family history. I was very sorry to hear of his passing.

  • Guest: Cheryl Roth Hasenstab

    From: St Louis, Missouri

    Date: April 20, 2019

    Dear family
    My sincere condolences for the loss of your brother and uncle. I speak for all of my family. Three years ago, Steve drove all the way to Grand Rapids, Michigan to attend my brother Stan’s memorial. He lightened our load with his words; what a great friend to travel so far to say farewell to his friend. My family always had the highest regard for Steve, a man for all seasons.
    Cheryl Roth Hasenstab