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Steven John Kintigh


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Steven John Kintigh Obituary
Steven John Kintigh, 59, passed from this life to the next Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, surrounded by those he loved. Steve was not only a kidney transplant recipient but was also a Life Gift donor, supporting 50 to 70 others. Celebration of life: 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at Arlington Heights United Methodist Church. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Arlington Heights United Methodist Church or Kids Who Care. Steve was born May 14, 1954, and raised in Kansas City, Mo. Steve served his community from an early age as an Eagle Scout and was an active member of his church youth group at Broadway United Methodist Church. In 1976, he graduated with a degree in business from Trinity University in San Antonio. Steve then accepted a graduate assistantship at Indiana University in the division of recreational sports where he earned his M.S. the following year and was indoctrinated as a Hoosier for life. He began his professional career at University of Dayton in 1977 as the associate director of Recreational Sports. In 1978 he married Monica, the love of his life. Their romance lasted more than 35 years. On Aug. 31, 1982, Steve's life changed forever when he became the dad of a daughter. Kate was the pride and joy of his life from that moment until his last. In 1984, Steve was hired as the first director of Recreational Sports at Texas Christian University. TCU's recreation, intramural sport and club sport programs were conceived and championed by him, and the campus recreation center was constructed under his leadership. Over the course of his career at TCU, he received every honor award given for the Division of Student Affairs. He has also been active in the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) hosting regional and national conferences, making over 20 regional and national presentations, publishing three articles, serving on committees and task forces, and receiving both the NIRSA service award and the NIRSA Region IV Award of Merit. In 2003, Steve was honored with the Indiana University Department of Health Physical Education and Recreation Distinguished Alumni Service Award. Steve was proud to serve on the board of trustees at Arlington Heights United Methodist Church and chaired their recent 90th anniversary celebration. Steve was also dedicated to Kids Who Care Musical Theatre, first as a proud parent of an original company member, then serving as the first board president and continuing on as an advisory board member. Steve's last great adventure began in 2008 when he became a grandfather. Elizabeth and Zachary were a dream realized. He loved them with reckless abandon until his final moments. Survivors: Wife, Monica Kintigh; daughter and son-in-law, Kate and Jason Lovelady; grandchildren, Elizabeth and Zachary Lovelady; mother, Ruth Kintigh; brother, sister-in-law, and niece, Keith Kintigh, Brenda Shears, and Tiffany Kintigh; and many other family and friends who loved him.
Published in Star-Telegram on Feb. 25, 2014
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