Steven Wayne Martinsdale

October 5, 1951 - March 14, 2023

Steven Wayne Martindale, age 71, of Bridgewater, died on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 at his home. He was born on October 5, 1951, in Roanoke, VA and was the son of the late Raymond and Miriam (Spangler) Martindale.

In 1991, he married Claire (Williams) Martindale.

Surviving in addition to his wife are his sister, Susan Martindale, and brother Paige Martindale, all of Bridgewater. Also surviving are his aunt Dawn (husband Ed) Jeffries of Lakeland, FL, and uncle Wayne (wife Carol) Spangler of Bridgewater, and many beloved cousins from the Spangler and Eller families. His passing is also mourned by Claire's extended family and their many friends near and far.

Steve grew up in the Cave Spring area of Roanoke and graduated from Concord University in Athens, WV. He had a long career in human resources with various companies in North Carolina and Virginia prior to being an underwriter for Rockingham Group Insurance. He was an active member of the Bridgewater Church of the Brethren, and his faith sustained him during the years he coped with interstitial lung disease.

In 1987 Steve joined Brethren Volunteer Service and served almost two years at the Habitat for Humanity headquarters in Americus, GA, where he met Claire, who also worked for Habitat. In addition to Habitat for Humanity, Steve also served the communities where he lived through Big Brothers Big Sisters, Meals on Wheels, and the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Steve loved to go camping in state and national parks, followed ACC basketball, and was a season ticket holder for JMU football. He enjoyed travel and would encourage others to explore the beauty of the world around them and stop at the historic sites, too.

A service celebrating Steve's life will be held on April 22, 2023 at 10:00 am at Bridgewater Church of the Brethren. The service will be live-streamed on the church's YouTube channel with availability to be viewed later for those who cannot attend. Burial will be private.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Memorial contributions may be sent to Valley Program for Aging Services in Harrisonburg, VA or to Brethren Woods Camp and Retreat Center in Keezletown, VA.