An outpouring of sympathy has washed over Steve Tredway’s Facebook page in the wake of his death.
Tredway passed away in his sleep and was found by his family early Oct. 19. He was 65.
His death has come as a shock to the Arkansas City community. Many knew him as a faithful man who enjoyed music and photography.
Tredway, who lived in Parkerfield, was working on his “bucket list” and he crossed skydiving off that list just two weeks ago.
After he jumped out of the airplane and posted photos of the experience to his Facebook page, he explained the sensation.
“It was wild, to say the least! Not the roller-coaster feel that I thought I would get,” he posted. “Getting on is easy! It’s getting off while it’s flying that’s hard!”
Tredway also was working on a book about the history of stone bridges in Cowley County. He took pictures of one such bridge, Fox Bridge, after it was destroyed by flooding earlier this month.
He recently told a friend that he was nearly done with his book, which his sister will try to finish, according to family.
Tredway’s pictures also are featured on the City of Arkansas City’s website, www.arkcity.org. Foremost among them is his famous picture of the Arkalalah fireworks at night, which the city entered in a League of Kansas Municipalities contest earlier this year. The photo nearly reached the Final Four of the contest.
“Steve’s beautiful photos really capture the essence of Arkansas City life and the beauty of its landmarks, which is what we were looking for with our new website,” said Public Information Officer Andrew Lawson. “He truly deserved to win that contest, but no matter that result, he was a winner in life.”
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 24 at Miles Funeral Service in Winfield. Interment at Burden Cemetery will follow the services.
Many people expressed their condolences and shared memories of Tredway on Oct. 20.
“I worked with Steve at Binney & Smith and also at Calmar,” said Don Cassaw. “He was a very good man and we had become very good friends since 1974 or 1975. I am so glad he loved our Lord and is in a far better place.”
“To my dear sweet friend who I miss so much. You were always encouraging me even when I wasn’t so sure about what God had planned for me next,” posted Tammy Hollansworth. “You were full of life and always on the go for another beautiful picture to share. Your voice would speak and sing a joyful word of God’s love.”
“I will always cherish the beautiful pictures Steve took of my horses. Will miss you, neighbor,” said Dee Clark. “If we could only see the pictures you would take today,” posted Britni Church.
“My enduring memory of Steve will be a sunny day he came by City Hall. I looked out the window and saw him standing on the lawn, snapping away,” Lawson said. “When I went to speak to him, he was just so excited about the new filters he was trying out and all the historic buildings in town that he couldn’t wait to photograph with them. His enthusiasm couldn’t help but brighten my day. That was the quintessential Steve Tredway — his zest for life simply was infectious.”
“You were the greatest influence on my music and faith journeys as a young kid. I wish I had told you that more often,” said McKenzie Wheeler. “I am forever grateful for our time making music together. I will always treasure my electric violin that you gave me.”
“Only a few people reading this will understand, but I want you to know that one of the best things I ever did was to kidnap a rubber chicken from the B&S maintenance back in 1988. It lead to so many laughs and years of banter and entertainment,” posted Jennifer Long Hermesch. “I and so many others will miss your wonderful humor, your artist’s eye, but most of all your gentle and kind nature. You, my friend, will be remembered as a true class act.”
“I’ve been trying to find the words to express how heartbreaking it is to hear of Steve’s passing,” said Cassie Campbell. “He was such a kind, caring and talented man with a huge heart for the things of God. It was obvious that Steve appreciated creation and you can feel his passion in his pictures. He was a patient and thoughtful teacher. This world was a better place for having had Steve. He will truly be missed.”