Steven "Steve" Dale Marsh, 72, of Madrid, Iowa passed away on August 22, 2020, at MercyOne in Des Moines, Iowa. A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. in the Woodward United Methodist Church in Woodward, Iowa. Immediately following the service Steve's family invites friends to join them for a time of fellowship and refreshments in the fellowship hall at the church. A private family burial will take place at a later date.
Steve was born to Kenneth and G. Irene (Anderson) Marsh on February 17, 1948, in Des Moines, Iowa. He was raised on a farm in Farlin, Iowa and the family later moved to Jefferson where he met his high school sweetheart Kathy Hansen at an archery tournament. Graduating from Jefferson Community High School in 1966, he went on to join the National Guard and attended Iowa State University.
September 01, 1967, he and Kathy were married at the First United Methodist Church in Jefferson. Steve attended Officer Candidate School (O.C.S.) training through the Iowa National Guard. After working with the Iowa Highway Commission as an engineer's aide, Steve became a policeman in Jefferson, attended the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy at Camp Dodge and later promoted to Sergeant. In January of 1974 he was sworn into the Iowa State Patrol and they moved to Knoxville. In 1984 Steve was promoted to Sergeant and his family moved to Oelwein. Three years later, he transferred to Ottumwa where he was promoted to Lieutenant, the District Commander of Post 14. In 1995, Steve was promoted to Captain and moved to Denison. Two years later, he relocated to Post 1 in Des Moines. The family settled in Madrid. During his time as a State Trooper, Steve received the National Law Enforcement Award in Washington, D.C. for his creation of the Alcohol Law Enforcement Retail Training program (A.L.E.R.T.) used by cities all over the USA to reduce alcohol sales by retail establishments to underage persons. He was also awarded by the Mothers Against Drunk Driving program (M.A.D.D.). Additionally, he was included as one of only twenty law enforcement from across the United States selected by the Secret Service to train at Quantico.
Steve was an active member of the Methodist Church, most recently Woodward United Methodist Church, a member of the Retired State Peace Officers' Association, the Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite Masons, and held the title of Rainbow Dad for the International Order of Rainbow for Girls, Oelwein Chapter (1985).
Steve had many hobbies. He loved to play Texas Hold'em with his kids and grandkids. He enjoyed scratch off tickets and playing the lottery. He watched his grandkids play sports and shoot archery. He loved woodworking and building houses. He built several houses with his family, including their current home. He enjoyed all of his family time fishing, boating, and camping as well as, hunting deer, turkey, geese, pheasant, and elk. He and Kathy liked to travel to other states and Canada many times to fish with friends. They also made several trips to Switzerland. Steve and Kathy celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Minnesota with their kids and grandkids.
Those left to cherish his memory are wife Kathy, children; Julie (Bruce, Ottumwa, IA) Fridinger, Union, IA, Alicia (David) Jacobs, Woodstock, IL, Wade (Lisa) Marsh, Waconia, MN, Matthew Marsh of Woodward, IA. His grandchildren, Lauren Jacobs, Kate Jacobs, Annabelle Fridinger, Jerin Fridinger, Bronwyn Fridinger, Cooper Marsh, Beckett Marsh, Dugan Marsh, a brother, Duane (Elaine) Marsh, and his beloved German Shepherd Sophie, as well as many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Janey Arbuckle, brothers Don Marsh, Wendell Marsh, and Jerry Marsh.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Woodward United Methodist Church.
Fredregill Funeral & Cremation Care in Polk City has been entrusted with Steve and his family.
Woodward, IA, United States 50276
I worked with Steve on the state Capitol complex, mainly in the Iowa Judicial Branch Building. He was so kind and considerate of everyone and became a friend to many! We miss his stories, his laugh, and the atmosphere he brought whenever around him. I will miss just checking in with him as he made a huge impact on my life. My sincere and deepest sympathy go to his family now and always. God Bless! Jim Evans