COLUMBUS - Steven Gary Herman died Saturday, March 30, 2013, at the Kobacker House in Columbus. He was a Leap year baby, born on Feb. 29, 1948, in Ada.

Steve was a decorated veteran of the Navy, serving two tours of duty in Vietnam, on swiftboats and as a trainer of the South Vietnamese military. After his Navy career, he worked in construction for many years. He then returned to school, attending Columbus State and getting a degree in gerontology. At the time of his death, he was retired from Senior Options at the Franklin County Office on Aging, where he served as supervisor in the Home Maintenance and Repair Department.

He like all sports, especially Ohio State women's and men's basketball and football. March Madness was a favorite time for him every year, and he frequently had winning brackets in his office pool. He was an avid fisherman, and every chance he got, he would be out on his boat doing just that. He also enjoyed gardening and remodeling.

Steve was known by all as a kind, gentle person with a great sense of humor. He always found the hilarity in every situation.

Steve was preceded in death by wife, Joyce, in 2009; this past November by his mother, Lilly Herman Smith; and his father, Douglas Herman in 1995.

He is survived by his wife Nancy Bradford-Herman, of Candlewood Lake; son, Charlie (Misty) Herman, and beloved granddaughters Alyssa and Alexis Herman, of Edenton, N.C.; and sisters, Elizabeth (Randall) Herman Ferrell, and Gay (Ron) Herman Preston, of Delaware. He is also survived by step-children, Brian (Judy) Bradford, of Fishers, Ind.; Jordan (Erica) Bradford, of Pickerington, Michael Bradford, of Candlewood Lake, Dejah (James) Rowland, of Cardington, Nicole (Darren) Smith, of Crestone, Colo.; and 16 step-grandchildren who loved and adored him. He also leaves behind his two loving cats, Tank and Missy.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Steve's name to Central Ohio Homeless Veterans Stand Down.