Stephen Dean Thresher, 59, passed away September 20, 2023. He was born on November 1, 1963 to Jimmy and Annette Thresher in Hot Springs.
He survived by his wife, Karen Elaine, and their two sons Wyatt and Gabriel Thresher all of Bismarck, Arkansas as well as his daughter Deanna Thresher and son Lyle Thresher, both of Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Steve’s greatest joy was being a Papaw. The time he spent with Brylee, Remington, Milly, Waylon, and Josh were never lacking in laughter or big hugs. Like his father before him Papaw didn’t mind sending them home full of Mountain Dew and candy bars. He became a father figure and adopted grandfather to multiple kids throughout his life and in doing so provided stability and safety to someone living without it. He pulled over and helped strangers broke down on the side of the road. He was a welder by trade, but had the skills to be great at many careers. He was truly a jack of all trades.
Stephen Dean was a staunch supporter of his country and the second amendment even more so. He never passed up an opportunity to blow stuff up. Put a gun in his hand and he was a happy man. He spent many hours at the gun range with his boys passing his love of guns onto hoping to vote for Trump again in his lifetime. Steve was a biker. He was his best self whenever he was on a motorcycle. He often said he felt free whenever he was in the wind.
Stephen Dean was a husband, a father and son, friend , cousin and uncle, bonus grandfather, a mentor, welder, biker, a pool bully, mechanic, a gun enthusiast, builder, collector of tools, a fabulous napper, teacher, provider, a great kisser, a nephew, a patriot, a planner, a leader, reliable, a cancer fighter, a problem solver. He was a hard worker and he showed his kids, the power and benefits of working hard and showing up. He was a man’s man and took pride in the things he did. He was a force to be reckoned with and the world will never be the same without him. He will be greatly missed by those who love him .
We are gathering at the Gulpha Gorge in Hot Springs, Arkansas at 2pm on October 7th to celebrate Steve’s life. He wanted his people to gather and share a meal and conversation and leave there with a renewed zest for life.
Arrangements by Arkansas Cremation, 10515 W Markham St, Ste B1, Little Rock, AR 72205.
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