Steven Clayton Neese, 52, of Essex passed away Wednesday (Oct. 21, 2020) at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. He was born Jan. 26, 1968, in Joliet.

Steven graduated from Wilmington High School with the class of 1986 and eventually received a degree in nursing from Kankakee Community College.

Surviving are his parents, William and Ethel (nee Howard) Neese, of Wilmington; wife, Jessica (nee Barnes) Neese, of Essex, whom he married Oct. 14, 2018, in Essex; three children, Madilyn Neese, of Limestone, and Corbin and Conrad Neese, both at home; brother, Richard (Kelly) Neese, of Symerton; sister, Marsha (Keith) Barnes, of Newport News, Va.; sister-in-law, Diane Neese, of Bradley; numerous nieces and nephews; mother-in-law, Joyce St. George, of Braidwood; his “Nana,” Julia Engel, of Braidwood; and best friend, Tim Frost, of Kankakee.

Preceding him in death were his brother, William “Billy” Neese; maternal grandparents, Avia and Golden Howard; paternal grandparents, Rosalie and Herman Neese; and father-in-law, John Barnes.

Visitation was from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, at R.W. Patterson Funeral Home & Crematory, Braidwood.

All attendees are required to wear face masks and observe social distancing.

Funeral services took place at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, also at the funeral home. Interment followed in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Wilmington.