Charles “Christian” Steeves of Mills River, North Carolina, left this world unexpectedly on Friday, March 3, 2023. Christian was 40 years old. The family is deeply saddened and shocked by Christian’s sudden death and will miss him dearly.
Christian was born in California on September 28, 1982, attended Mount Desert Island High School where he was a standout athlete, and lived in Maine and on the East Coast for most of his life.
Christian is preceded in death by his father, Charles Craig Steeves. He is survived by his two sons: Charles Cameron Steeves and Summit Wilder Steeves; Summit’s mother, Anna Utter; and Cameron’s mother, Brandi Leitzel; his mother: Jill Steeves; and his siblings and their spouses: Christopher and Michelle Steeves, Heidi and Estuardo Ramirez, Kimberly and Robert Huckaby, Joy Steeves and Casey Champlin, and Caitlyn and Phillip Schoeb. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews: Aidan Steeves, Crawford Steeves, Lauryn Lock, and Kaya Lock; his cat: Harry; and an abundance of friends and extended family.
Christian’s sons, Cameron (17) and Summit (2) were the pride and joy of his life. He poured his whole heart and soul into being a dad first and foremost. Family was everything to him.
Christian is a multi-decorated United States Army Veteran, having proudly served as Specialist Fourth Class in the United States Army during the Global War on Terrorism.
In addition to his role of being a father, Christian could be found in his free time wandering and exploring the great outdoors. He was an avid hiker, spending a great deal of time hiking the Appalachian Trail (thru-hiker class of 2015) and Pacific Crest Trail (to name just a few). The raw Earth, its elements, and the connection with God when in nature brought Christian a great deal of peace and love, whether alone or with others.
Loved ones will always remember Christian for his many unique talents and wonderful qualities: his smile, laugh and sense of humor, his electric charisma and wit, his love of fashion (especially shoes), his athletic abilities, love of nature and art, love of God and family.
Christian always loved with his whole heart and was always the light in any room, drawing in family, friends and strangers alike. He was warm, affectionate, and a consummate protector. The way he hugged, so tight and so strong, wrapped you in his love and care. He was the funniest, kindest, most caring son, brother, father, and friend that anyone could ever ask for. Christian held deep convictions and stood up for those that weren’t able to stand up for themselves.
We are all surrounded by the love and light of Christian and God. Everything about Christian was holy, from his being, right down to his name. He is at peace now and we all will find peace with him. The wind, the stars, the birds, the bees, the trees…that’s him now. Just being his true beautiful self.
A message to Christian from a special friend:
“Bright light. You are forgiven. Dearest friend. I know you were weary. Rest easy. You lived life as a fierce father, intuitional artist, and fearless explorer. You made me proud. I will miss your unique perspective, quick laugh, and strength of character. My heart is broken. I pray we meet again”. -JQ
A graveside service will be held on Monday, April 03, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. at Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 143 Blue Star Avenue, Augusta, Maine 04330.
An Everloved memorial website has been created to share and celebrate Christian’s life. Within the site there is a link for donations that will go directly to the future and continued care of Christian’s children: https://everloved.com/life-of/charles-steeves/memories/?scroll-to=b521f543-da0c-4cc2-a257-1dd62d466540
Contributions in memory of Charles Christian Steeves can be made to The Appalachian Trail Conservancy: https://connect.clickandpledge.com/w/Form/980c7253-487d-45d4-a9d0-fd149fb53720?637680013319366350