Steven Raymond Jeconiah Avila, 40, passed away from respiratory failure after a short but courageous battle with intestinal cancer on Monday, November 20, 2017.  Steven was born on February, 28, 1977, and was the son of Raymond and Delia (Nee: Rodriguez) Avila. Steven attended Racine County Opportunity Center, Wadewitz Elementary School, Gilmore Middle School and J. I. Case High School. He was also a participant at Careers Industries-Racine.

Steve was a gentle soul who liked to make others laugh. Quite often by making funny faces at them, teasing them or sticking his tongue out. He had a childlike sense of humor. He enjoyed watching Wrestling with his father by his side on Monday night or any other night for that matter.   He enjoyed time spent with his family especially playing cards with his nephews. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Steven was a member of St. Lucy’s Catholic Church.

Surviving are his parents, Ray and Del Avila; loving and devoted sister, RayEllen Avila; loving brother, Lukas Avila (Susan Mueller); beloved nephews, Maximilian, Benjamin, Braydon, and beloved niece Liliana; grandmother, Lenora Vallin of Milwaukee, WI; Aunts; Gloria Rodriguez, Linda Bautista-Rodriguez, Marian Rodriguez-Garcia (Gregory Poplawski, Sr), Christina (Phil) Bauer, all of Racine, Susan (Thomas) Seeton of Reeseville, WI, and Nora Loera of Milwaukee,WI.; Uncles; Sotero Rodriguez Jr. of Seattle, WA, George Rodriguez of Savanna, GA, Abel (Jackie) Rodriguez of Laveen, AZ and Jose (Sherry) Rodriguez of Racine, Robert (Lois) Avila of Mt Pleasant, WI and Joe (Joan) Vallin Jr. of Racine. And other relatives and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Francisca and Sotero Rodriguez Sr., and Joe Vallin Sr.; uncles, Guadalupe Avila, Jesse Vallin, Rodolfo Rodriguez; aunt, Helen Rodriguez; special friend and caregiver, Clarence Hampton.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Saturday, November 25, 2017 at St. Lucy’s Catholic Church with Reverend Javier Guativa officiating. Interment followed at West Lawn Memorial Park.

The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to Wheaton Homecare, especially to CNA’s Jill and Terry,  Jenny RN and the ICU staff at Ascension for their loving and compassionate care.