Steven Brent Hambley, age 72 years of Niles, Michigan, brother, friend, township activist, fisherman, and novelist died unexpectedly Tuesday night, April 28, 2020 at his home of natural causes.
He was born on August 24, 1947 in South Haven, Michigan to Roy and Irene B. (Fay) Hambley, who moved their family to Niles just a few years later. He was graduated from Brandywine High School and earned a Bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University (Marquette) with the interestingly eclectic fields of Chemistry and Literature. He was first employed as a teacher by the Flint (Michigan) Community Schools for one year before returning to Niles. He took a position at the University of Notre Dame (Indiana) in the early stages of computer science, a subject which would suit his interests well. He became proficient in computer programming, and became an independent contractor, serving several major firms across the country. His most recent longterm client was Ameritech’s Chicago operations.
Steve was a longtime, faithful attender of the Community Evangelical Free Church (CEFC) in Niles where he also participated in Men’s Fellowship and the senior Kare Bears activities. He was appointed as Milton Township Clerk in 1980 serving until 1984. He was elected in 2000 to one term as a Trustee of Milton Township, and appointed as Township Clerk in 2002, serving until 2004. He enjoyed fishing, and has owned various waterfront properties over the years. He also did a bit of gardening, but his greatest passion was writing. He has written several novels, and continued to write in spite of having none published.
Steve claimed to have perfect children, which – for him – was no children, not that he minded the children of others . . . too much. Perhaps he felt the same way about his marriage, or lack thereof.
Surviving family includes his twin-sister, Sharon B. Ward of Niles and their older brother, Allan R. Hambley of Chassell, Michigan; nieces and nephews, Anthony Hambley, Michael Ward, and Michelle (& Chad) Marner, and several cousins including Stanley (& Rita) Bolle.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Irene Hambley.
The funeral service for Steve Hambley will be attended by his immediate family at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, May 11, 2020 at the Halbritter-Wickens Funeral Home, 615 East Main Street in Niles with the Pastor Matthew Hickok of CEFC officiating. Relatives, neighbors, and friends are invited to witness the ceremony via the livestreamed broadcast available on the Halbritter-Wickens Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/halbritterwickensfuneralservices/. Committal will be private at Smith Chapel Cemetery in Milton Township.
Contributions in memory of Steve may be made to CEFC, 120 East Bertrand Road, Niles, Michigan, 49120; https://communityniles.com/; or to The Old Rugged Cross Foundation, Inc., Post Office Box 41, Niles, Michigan 49120; http://www.the-oldruggedcross.org/index.php. Online condolences may be left at: www.halbritterwickens.com
Steve found pleasure in solitary pursuits such as writing computer programs and writing novels, the lakefront retreat and fishing. But he also found pleasure in gathering with friends for Sunday morning worship and men’s fellowship, going to ball games and the theater with the seniors and participating in township board meetings. It was amongst people that his wonderful dry sense of humor and a twinkle in his eye was observed and appreciated.
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