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August 1, 1941 - October 19, 2022

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It is with deep sorrow that the family of Stephen Arthur Sherwood announces his passing on Wednesday, October 19, 2022, at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Steve went serenely, with his family by his side.

Stephen (Steve) was born on August 1, 1941, to Al and Elsie (Kurtz) Sherwood, of Kalamazoo, Michigan. He met Emily Brown, at Kalamazoo Central High School, and married her in 1961, before departing for Ann Arbor to study Physiological Psychology at the University of Michigan. Steve and Emily had two beloved children together, Quentin Sherwood (formerly of Frankfort, Michigan, now deceased), and Jessica Sherwood-Noguchi of New York City.

Following graduate studies at the University of Iowa, Steve and Emily settled in Portage, Michigan, where Steve became a stockbroker, licensed to trade NASDAQ and NYSE. Steve, with his business partner and dear friend David Crockett, created several successful businesses, including box manufacturing companies in Southwestern Michigan. When needing computer function in the 1970’s, he taught himself computer programing and began selling the very first personal computers made by Cromemco, prior to IBM PC’s. He stayed current on technological developments throughout his life.

Steve was known for his interesting and diverse hobbies, including collecting Japanese wood-block prints, sports cars, hunting, fly-fishing, birding, raising tropical fish, orchid-growing, and woodworking. As a birder, Steve maintained a “life list” of 720 species he had seen throughout North America, including on Attu Island. Steve grew amazing orchids, and built the boxes he grew them in. He made furniture and kitchen utensils from exotic woods. Steve was an excellent cook, specializing in Bouillabaisse, scallops, and oxtails. Steve was mechanically gifted, and prided himself on having rebuilt a car engine on his own. Steve loved to read, discuss, and debate; he was an opinionated conversationalist, with a dry and incisive wit. Steve’s family and friends will greatly miss his unique company and will treasure the memories of the time spent with him.

Steve was preceded in death by his son, Quentin Sherwood, his parents, and his brother Albert Edward Sherwood. He is survived by his wife, Emily, his daughter and son-in-law, Jessica and Yoshiya Noguchi of New York, New York, his former daughter-in-law, Ann Kullenberg of Frankfort, Michigan, His sister-in-law Johanna Tooze of Marshall, Michigan, His sister-in-law Martha (Ted) Hammer of Ferndale, Washington, His sister-in-law Judy Carmick, of Alamo California, several nieces and nephews, and his beloved cats, Hugo and Gus.