Steven John Grunwald was born December 6, 1995 in Albany NY. A 2014 graduate of Greenville Central School District, he went on to attend ESF Ranger school where he earned an associate of applied science degree and then ESF at Syracuse earning a Bachelor of Science Degree Magna Cum Laude.
Steven was an overall athlete playing everything from baseball and soccer to wrestling and track.
But his true passion was being outdoors. He loved to hike, mountain climbing, rock climbing, long distance biking, and running; completing several marathons including a 50-mile ultramarathon.
He took great joy in teaching anyone, especially children. He aspired to teach anyone who would listen about nature and saving the planet.
He had hoped to one day bike through South America to take in all the wonderful cultures.
Anyone who knew him was better for having him in their lives. The world is truly a darker place without his light in it.
Steven is survived by his parents, Donna and John Grunwald of Greenville, NY, a sister Megan Lockwood and brother Sean Garrison (Colleen Doiron) all of Clifton Park NY and his beloved niece Melody and nephew Julian.
He is also survived by his maternal grandmother Rosemarie Blattner, aunts and uncles Mike and Eileen Grunwald, Jeanne Hansen, Shirlene Grunwald, Margaret Blattner, Barbara and Tom Chace and many great aunts, great uncles and cousins and his best friends, Nate Shields and Owen Hill, who he spent hours with on his adventures.
He joins in heaven his Papa Otto Blattner and paternal grandparents Eric, Mary and Toni Grunwald and his uncles Ricky Grunwald and Bob Hansen and aunt Eileen Hallock.
A special thanks to his cousin Erica who contacted countless people while he was missing in hopes that someone would know where to find him.
Due to the current situation there is no formal service planned at this time. Steven will be cremated, and his ashes will be planted with a tree in the early spring. There will be a celebration of his life at a later time.
In lieu of flowers please plant a tree or flowers in his memory. Even if you just let the moss grow it is a kind memorial to him. Please visit www.allnuttestespark.com to leave a message to the family.