Stephen Lawrence Sabo, February 9, 1949~January 21, 2016

Sabo, Stephen PicStephen Lawrence Sabo, was born February 9, 1949 in Bridgeport, Connecticut to Stephen Andrew and Anne (Zver) Sabo.

He was drafted into the U. S. Army in 1967 and served two years stationed in Germany.   In 1970 Steve married Linda M. Brooks, also of Bridgeport, Connecticut.   In 1975 they settled in Yellville, Arkansas and built a home there.  They had a daughter, Amanda Lynn Sabo (Westminster, Vermont)

In 1979 Stephen moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas and married Josephine Humbert.  He was skilled in all aspects of home construction and worked in home building and remodeling in the northwest Arkansas area for many years.  Mr. Sabo also served as the Certified Building Official in Johnson, Elm Springs, Bethel Heights, Northwest Arkansas Airport and Tontitown for many years.

Steve was an excellent cook and anyone fortunate to eat at his table was well fed.  Steve knew a wide variety of friendships.  He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, fine wine, music, fast cars, quiet days on Beaver Lake, time with his family and bright moments.  He was dedicated to his family and worked hard to provide for them.  Those who knew Steve will remember him as an extraordinary and genuine man who lived with passion and soul.

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”- Thoreau

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Josephine Humbert-Sabo; a son, David Sabo; two daughters, Avril Sabo Martinez and Amanda Lynn Sabo; he is also survived by three sisters of Bridgeport, Connecticut, Karen Moreo (Ralph), Stephanie Sheehy (Pat) and Sue Anne Stott (Paul); as well as a niece (Cassie) and two nephews (Jesse and Paul).  He is preceded in death by a son, Stephen Andrew Sabo, a brother, Gerald and his parents.

Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at Beard’s Chapel.  Interment will follow in Mt. Comfort Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 P.M. on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at the funeral home.

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    Linda Brooks » 23. Jan, 2016

    Dear Josey, David, Avril & Amanda,
    My heart goes out to each of you. I know that Steve will be deeply missed by you and others. We will all miss his wonderful cooking, for sure! RIP Steve.

    Jesse Godwin » 23. Jan, 2016

    I loved my uncle very much & he will be missed, he was a very fun & good guy & my father and All of us will miss him dearly

    Debbie & Tony Potochnik » 23. Jan, 2016

    So many years, so many memories. We’ve been through building homes, growing kids, parties, delicious food, surviving Y-2K, gardens. You will be missed, old friend.

    Karen Cook Rosa » 23. Jan, 2016

    Josie and family and my Amanda,
    Peace be with all of you. Let God take your hand
    And help you through these times. Steve is at peace now.
    Rip Steve Sabo.

    Carol Wade » 23. Jan, 2016

    So sorry for your loss Josie .

    Jan Phillips Paulsen » 24. Jan, 2016

    My sincere condolences.

    Bo Bittle » 24. Jan, 2016

    Please accept my deepest condolences on your loss.

    Lynn » 24. Jan, 2016

    Josie, I am so sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love and hugs to you, Lynn Ashcraft

    John Wright » 24. Jan, 2016

    To Josie & family,
    Everything that made him the love of your life will live on in your hearts to keep him close to you.

    Edwin W White » 24. Jan, 2016

    Steve is a profoundly evolved being. I knew him extremely well , though I wish I knew him even better . Steve & I bailed each other out many times in the course of our long & fruitful brotherhood. Laughs & Tears-Highs & Lows- the Serious & the Ridiculous…Those of us who continue in this sphere; carry him in our hearts and have been strengthened by his presence in our souls. I love you Steve , your are one of my dearest freinds.

    Steve Cattaneo » 25. Jan, 2016

    Farewell to a fellow carpenter turned building official. I haven’t seen Steve much in the last few years but I cherish the days we worked together swinging hammers and the times we spent yacking “code talk”. God Speed to you Stephen and peace to us all.

    Name » 25. Jan, 2016

    It is at the time of loss that we take time to reflect on moments shared. May you cherish shared remembrances. Thinking of you and embracing you with my thoughts. Sujen

    Barbara Busiek » 25. Jan, 2016

    I had the privileged to work with Steve on many projects throughout the years at XNA. I speak for all the staff when I say he will be sorely missed. He always conducted his work in a professional manor and was a joy to be around. We send our prayers to the family.

    Roberta Ivan Barnes » 25. Jan, 2016

    Josie, so sorry to hear about your husband. Prayers to you and your family.

    Carole Menninger » 26. Jan, 2016

    As I read what others have written about Steve, it was obvious that during his lifetime he made many good friends, leaving behind some wonderful memories. I will remember the very first time in the 70′s I met Steve up in Connecticut, in walked a tall, lanky guy with a pony tail and a big smile. I will remember the day many years go that the three of us, Josey, Steve, myself spent together at the lake, Steve took a photo of us on the tripod and Josey, you wrote “beautiful day” which it was. I still have the photo. Awesome cook, was lucky enough to enjoy many of his incredible meals, have never had chicken curry as good as his. Gifted in so many ways, he was one of those rare individuals we all envy who could just do things, without any kind of training. I once commented on the gorgeous piece in his home that he had his stereo and tv that I had not realized until he told me that he had made himself. I will miss him. Josey, I hope that all the memories shared by others help in comforting you, David, Av and Amanda now. He will always be with you.

    Arlette Powers » 26. Jan, 2016


    I’m Carole Menninger’s friend that you met in Houston several years ago. She told me this morning of your husband’s passing. Please accept my deepest condolences over your loss. May happy memories comfort you and your family during this difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Stephanie Sheehy » 27. Jan, 2016

    My big brother, I can’t fathom the world without you. There’s a hole in my heart that can only be filled by the children you left behind.
    Josey girl, Amanda, Avy & Josh, David.

    Stephen is in the hands of the Lord

    Your sister Stephanie

    Matt Bailey » 27. Jan, 2016

    You will be missed by me and all your other building code friends.

    Lamire and Cheryl Moore » 27. Jan, 2016

    Dear Josey, David and Avril,
    We just learned of Steve’s passing today. We are so sorry, and our hearts and prayers are with you all. Many good memories of your family. Love you, Lamire and Cheryl

    tom godwin » 15. Jun, 2016

    By Steve, good knowing ya