Funeral Director/General Manager
Stephen was born and raised in the quaint little town of Zelienople, Pennsylvania; where he commuted to the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. He completed his apprenticeship at Spitler Funeral Home in Montoursville, Pennsylvania and decided to move to Florida to be closer to his brother and the beautiful beaches. After working in Orlando for 3 years, the beach life was calling Stephen, and he quested to get closer to the beach and further from the traffic.
In September of 2007, Stephen joined the Settle-Wilder family, working with some of the greats in the funeral industry that have made Settle-Wilder the gold standard in funeral service, such as T.C. Wilder, Walter C. Johnson and Frederick Nord. While working under Walter C. Johnson’s leadership, Stephen fell in love with Southeast Volusia County and all that it has to offer. In 2011, he became the general manager but still worked directly under Walter.
As time passed, Stephen became more confident and fine tuned in his undertaking skills. Today he is the Funeral Director In Charge at Settle-Wilder Funeral Home and oversees all aspects of the funeral home, leading the wonderful Settle-Wilder family, whether it is an old fashioned funeral service or an upbeat celebration of life.
Maintaining the heritage and unsurpassed quality of treating each and every family, as if they are our own family, is of utmost importance to him, while keeping it a small town business.
In his spare time, Stephen spends as much time as possible with his son, Gunner, that attends Burns Science and Technology Charter School; and with his girlfriend, Nikki. He enjoys spending days on the beach, basking in the sun, playing in the waves, fishing the flats, working in his yard, and supporting the unique restaurants of the community.