1930 - 2021
Stephen "Steve" Edward Auch, age 90, passed away on July 7, 2021 in Columbus, Ohio. He was born on November 8, 1930 in Columbus, Ohio, the son of Dorothy (Hanna) and David Auch. Steve graduated from Bexley High School, where he played on the football and golf teams and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. After high school, he graduated from The Ohio State University and was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. In 1954, he received his J.D. from The Ohio State University College of Law and earned a Phi Delta Phi honorarium. During this time, Steve served in the Ohio Air National Guard from 1950 to 1956. Steve began his law career with Cable Gibson before joining Knepper, White, Richards & Miller. He ended his career as a partner with Arter & Hadden, retiring in 2000. He was a member of the Columbus, Ohio, and American Bar Associations, as well as the Lawyers Club of Columbus. Steve was also a member of the OSU President's Club, the University Club, the Upper Arlington Public Library Board and Scioto Country Club. He was a passionate supporter of OSU sports, especially football and basketball and rarely missed attending a Buckeyes home football game for six decades. He was a 50-year member of Upper Arlington Lutheran Church and served for a time as treasurer. Steve married his wife Toni (Hightower) on May 31, 1958. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, on December 30, 2020, and by his daughter Jennifer, his brother David, and his sister Jane. He is survived by his sons, Tim (Kirsten) of Fort Thomas, Kentucky, and by Steve, Todd (Christine) and Andy (Mary) of Columbus. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Logan Eid (married), Marlena Auch, Owen Auch, Ellie Auch, Madeleine Auch and Audrey Auch, along with his niece Alison Auch. Steve enjoyed reading, gardening, sports, good conversation and great shows, and shared his wife Toni's passion for golden retrievers. He loved to travel with his wife, family, and friends. He especially enjoyed Hilton Head Island, the American West and Europe. Later in life he took great pleasure in spending time with his grandchildren. Visitation with the family of Steve and Toni Auch will be held from 4-7pm on Friday, August 13 at SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST, 1740 Zollinger Road, where funeral service will be held at 10am on Saturday, August 14. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Upper Arlington Public Library. Please visit www.schoedinger.com
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Published by The Columbus Dispatch from Jul. 16 to Jul. 18, 2021.