Steven Earl Kadow was called to his heavenly home on Tuesday, July 26 after suffering a massive stroke. Steve was born in Vancouver, Washington on August 18, 1953, to Roy and Beulah (Boots) Kadow. Steve was raised with his five siblings on the Columbia River. He married Marlene Tikka in 1980 and they raised their children in Vancouver, Washington. He was a junior high school teacher in the Evergreen School District for 17 years while working as a painter and longshoreman on weekends and summer vacations. In 1995, Steve became a full-time stevedore working in West Coast ports until his retirement in 2018. After his retirement, Steve and Marlene moved to Toledo, Washington. Steve has been busy for the past few years helping and spending time with his children and grandchildren and worked part-time at Windsor Engineers.
Steve loved his wife, family and friends so much. Her kind and patient nature will always be remembered and missed. He was quick to attend to everyone, putting the needs of others before his own. Steve was a member of the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church. Steve held his most important Christianity and set a valuable example for everyone.
He was predeceased by his parents, his brother Scott Kadow, his brothers-in-law, Vaughn Tikka and Howard Loren, and his grandson, Franklin Roberts. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Marlene; sons, Lucas (Bethany) of Yacolt, Washington, Spencer (Sheila) of Vancouver, Washington, Colton (Alyson) of Ridgefield, Washington; daughters, Brandi (Bryce) Sarkinen, Ashly (Josh) Roberts, both of Brush Prairie, Wash., Natalie (Ryan) Jolma, of Marengo, Wis., and McKenzie Kadow of La Center, Wash.; brothers, LeRoy (Tina) Kadow and Lloyd (Beverly) Kadow of Vancouver; sisters, Gail Loren, of Ridgefield, Washington, and Karen (John) Bietey of Vancouver; sister-in-law, Mary Kadow; 36 grandchildren and many brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral services will be held at the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church in Brush Prairie at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2. His final resting place is at Brush Prairie Cemetery.