Barbara Ann (McPherson) Steptoe
Barbara Ann (McPherson) Steptoe
OHIO CITY, Ohio — Barbara Ann (McPherson) Steptoe, 89, of Ohio City, passed away on Wednesday afternoon, July 21, 2021, at Homestead at Towne Center in Van Wert.

She was born on Feb. 3, 1932, in Huntsville, Ohio, the daughter of the late George Aaron and Katharine Beatrice (Spitler) McPherson. In August of 1986, she married William L. Steptoe, who preceded her in death.

Barbara was a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (C.P.C.U.). She retired from Central Insurance Company in Van Wert, then worked for several Indiana insurance companies in Indianapolis, at H & R Block in Indianapolis, and eventually H & R Block in Van Wert.

Barbara was a member of the Ohio City United Methodist Church and the Isaac Van Wart Daughters of the American Revolution and was a ballroom dancer at Arthur Murray Dance Centers in Indianapolis and Lima.

Surviving are three children, B. Bruce (Tamara Thompson) Army of Nashville, Indiana, C. Lynn (Patricia) Army of Van Wert, and Mickey McConahay of Ohio City; a son-in-law, Dr. Dennis Miller; daughters-in-law, Pam Linton, and Susan Slagle, all of Van Wert; 11 grandchildren, Matthew (Stacie) Miller of New Albany, Ohio, Jason (Karrie) Miller of East Bernard, Texas, Megan (Mark) Nentwig of Austin, Texas, Mandy (Adam) Reardon of Sandusky, Ohio, Chelsea (Stuart) Zainea of Marysville, Ohio, Joshua (Casi) Army of Columbus, Ohio, Zachary (Danyelle) Army of Van Wert, Dr. Bethany (Eriq Hall) Army of Washington Courthouse, Ohio, Martin (Valerie) McConahay of Dripping Springs, Texas, Casey McConahay of Van Wert, Shea (Joseph) Heller of Charlotte, North Carolina; 12 great-grandchildren, Sean and Sara Reardon, Victoria, Adelyn, and Harrison Miller, Lucas Miller, Madilynn and Mason Zainea, Maxlynn, Callum and Caisen Army, Kellan McConahay; as well as her dog, Beau; and a collection of cats.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Katharine McPherson; her husband, William L. Steptoe; a daughter, Cheryl K. (Army) Miller; son-in-law, Kelly B. McConahay; and grandson-in-law, Nathan Crass.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Barbara’s memory may be sent to Humane Ohio Spay and Neuter Clinic,

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, 722 S. Washington St., Van Wert, OH 45891.