Dec 1947 - May 2022
A Life of Passion
Passion and Fun
Life Lived to its Fullest
Steve Rybka was a passionate leader, dedicated husband and father, hard working businessman, and lots of fun. His larger-than-life personality is hard to summarize in words, but his joy and enthusiasm was felt as soon as he walked into a room. He was quick to take charge, to help others, to give away money, and to make a joke. He made mundane things more fun and truly enjoyed every part of life. His greatest joy was his wife of 39 years, Pam Rybka.
Steve’s life was changed on December 14, 1980 when Dave Burnham was preaching at The Chapel in Akron. After hearing a sermon on the legacy of Jesus’ father Joseph, Steve walked to the front of the church and asked God to change his character and legacy. That day was the beginning of his relationship with Jesus. Steve and Pam volunteered with The Gideons International for 35 years. He said “Their mission is to win boys and girls, men and women to Jesus Christ. What could be better than that?” Steve spoke at countless churches over those 35 years, raising money so they could hand out Bibles all over Ohio.
Some of Steve’s favorite activities included anything with his wife “PJ”, giving outrageously generous tips, driving in his convertible, sitting in the sun, setting off fireworks, curating the perfect playlist, and being with his family.
Steve died at 74 years old after a very difficult fight with ALS. His wife, kids, and grandkids will miss him every day. Instead of a traditional funeral, Steve planned a destination funeral in Florida for his family.
If you’re interested in reading more about Steve, he wrote a book the last year of his life that you can learn about and download below.