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PORTSMOUTH —A great father, a gentleman, a caring friend, a brilliant businessman, a knowledgeable outdoorsman, and a kind mentor to those struggling to survive. Our father, Steven Hurden Mault, personified these and other characteristics of the finest of American men.

Steve was born to Roscoe and Geneva Mault in Slocum Station, OH on a cold New Year's Eve in 1942. The Mault family was a large one; as a young boy, Steve worked hard on the family farm from daylight to dark. A strong work ethic was engrained in him. He graduated from Portsmouth East High School in 1960. After serving four years in the U.S. Air Force, he married the love of his life, Cornelia "Cooie" McCall Mault. He excelled as a lineman, a foreman, and in management during his 35-year career at American Electric Power. While working there full time, Steve attended evening classes at Ohio University's Portsmouth campus and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business.

Steve had learned extensive culinary skills from a chef in Germany while in the Air Force. In 1979 he and Cornelia made Steve's dream of preparing delicious grilled ribs and steaks a reality by founding a restaurant, "The Scioto Ribber." Gradually "The Ribber" evolved from a fledgling to the Ohio landmark restaurant it now represents. In 1996 the Maults helped to invigorate Portsmouth's Historic Boneyfiddle District by bringing back to life The Porstmouth Brewing Company. Steve and his brewers created Red Bird Ale, Portsmouth Pilsner, and many other outstanding craft beers. The Brew Pub serves many of his culinary creations, including Steve's special recipe pizza and wings. Steve Mault was a true pioneer in the craft brewery business as well as in investing in the future of Boneyfiddle.

Far more than cooking skills or business acumen was needed for long-lived success. Steve Mault also possessed heart. His great kindness was described well in Lloyd Martin's graduation speech at Shawnee State University in which he described Steve Mault's providing a place for him to live when he needed it most. The breadth and depth of our father's generosity was not widely known, for he desired no praise or notoriety for doing what was right, what was kind, what was Christian.

He honored his membership in Masonic Lodge Western Sun 91. Always intelligent and unfailingly honest, he treated all he encountered in business and in private life with respect, regardless of their station in life. He never stopped reading and learning. His curiosity was insatiable. His beloved late wife referred to Steve as "her Thomas Jefferson." And watching the two of them debate as to whether to add flour to a holiday gravy was a skit worthy of "Saturday Night Live." No man could have done more for his family and community than our father.

Steve Mault is survived by his three children, Steven Wilton Mault, Darren (Jennifer) Mault, Corissa Mault (Joey) Boggs; grandchildren, Tyler, Chase, Caden, Alexis, Trevin, Owen, and Mackenzie; great-grandchildren, Braxton, Ryker, and Clover.

May God bless Steve Mault in Heaven as he blessed so many of us here on Earth. May God continue to bless our country with peace, prosperity, and cherished freedom. The family respectfully requests that anyone wishing to honor Steve Mault's memory with a charitable donation consider contributing to The Shriners' Hospital for Children, 329 Burnet Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45229.

A visitation will be held from 4 – 8 p.m. Thursday, June 20, 2019 at Christ United Methodist Church, 5731 Gallia Street, Sciotoville. On Friday, June 21, 2019 a celebration of Steve's life will be held from 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Portsmouth Brewing Company, 224 2nd Street, Portsmouth, where friends may join others for food and fellowship. Memories of Steve and expressions of condolence may be shared at

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Published in The Daily Times from Jun. 17 to Jun. 18, 2019.
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June 25, 2019
My dad Clyde Adkins was a good friend of Steve's until he passed away in 2002. He introduced me to Steve when they were working together on the basement improvements at the Brewery. I last saw Steve 4-5 years ago and we shared a nice talk about my dad. When my parents visited me in Houston back in the 90's, Steve sent a package of Scioto Ribber ribs with them as a care package to me. What more can you say about his generosity than that?!?!? Good man. So sorry for your loss.
kurt adkins
June 21, 2019
What fond memories I'll always have of Steve from many years as his friend. Always a laugh and many times together. Our Condolences to the Family. Will keep you in our Prayers as you celebrate Steve's life today. He will be greatly missed by ALL. So Sorry. Paul & June Truman
Paul & June Truman
June 20, 2019
We remember Steve fondly as our next door neighbor in Jacó, Costa Rica for fifteen years. His larger than life personality and kindness will be missed by all those in our condo complex.
Remember all the good times over the years spent with your dad, for to remember is to love again.
Mark & Isabel Copeland
June 20, 2019
There are friends. Then there are FRIENDS! Rest in peace.......FRIEND!
Bill Warnock
June 20, 2019
It was an honor and privilege to have known Steve. Farewell old will be missed! Prayers and condolences to the family.
David Vetter
June 19, 2019
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Evelyn Rase
June 19, 2019
I met Steve in 1982. The Scioto Ribber/Home Supply sponsored a softball team that I played with. After ballgames we would go in for a beverage and meal. Over the years I was able to witness the Ribber go from basically a bar with pool table to the best restaurant in the state of Ohio. Steve treated my family like family. When my young kids came in he let them go behind the bar to pick out a candy bar. The Bistor family will miss Steve but we will continue to visit his wonderful restaurant.
John Bistor
June 18, 2019
My deepest condolences to all the Mault family. He will be missed.
Jeanne Bradford
June 18, 2019
Praying for your family as you go through this difficult time but also rejoicing with you as you celebrate his life. All my love to you!
Shannon Copley
June 18, 2019
Thoughts and Prayers go out to the family....Steve was a great person. I remember many a time coming with my little girl to see Aunt Ruth while she worked at the Ribber and he was always there. Those 2 were a sight when around each other. Never a dull moment. His funniness, kindness and hospitality will be remembered always! R.I.P. STEVE FLY HIGH AMONGST THE ANGELS IN HEAVEN! YOU MAY BE GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN!
Bobbi Nylund & Scott Worthington
June 18, 2019
It was easy to appreciate the success of good people like Steve. With his great attitude towards life and tireless effort, he managed to make himself-and his establishments- important fixtures of Portsmouth. His impact will continue to be felt long after the loss. That is the mark of a man who accomplished something in life. Rest In Peace.
E Zempter
June 18, 2019
Have some great memories back in our working days and times at the Stag . GOD BLESS YOU ALL .
Gary Eldridge
June 18, 2019
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June 17, 2019
To Steve's boys And Daughter. Knew your dad well. Had good times at the ribber along with my sister Ruth. Could not ask for a better friend.
Gayle Nylund
June 17, 2019
What a good man!
KG Pa.
June 17, 2019
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Sandy Williams
June 17, 2019
Steve will be missed greatly by me and others that knew him. I enjoyed talking to him at the brewery when I helped brew there for a period. I found him to be generous and kind.
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