Steve Dudley Listar

Steve Dudley Listar, 74, of Crossett, passed away on September 4, 2021, at his home.

He was born on March 15, 1947, lived most of his life in Crossett, and was a member of North Crossett First Baptist Church.

Steve was a 1965 graduate of Crossett High School and attended the University of Arkansas at Monticello. He later joined the Arkansas National Guard at the age of 21 and started a career at Georgia Pacific. In 2000, after a 29-year career, he retired from the #3 tissue mill as a floral printer operator.

Steve was an avid hunter. He was a lifelong member of the Morgan Hunting Club and often took exciting hunting trips out west with friends to hunt elk and mule deer.

Bass fishing was, most certainly, Steve’s favorite pastime. He not only enjoyed fishing, but he was an incredible fisherman. He fished year-round in various tournaments including many fruit jar tournaments. As long as Steve had water to drop a lure in, he was content.

Unknowingly, while riding his tall buckskin horse at the rodeo one year he caught the eye of his soon to be soulmate, Janie Hudson, beginning a love affair that would last an unforgettable fifty-two years.

Steve was also a fabulous cook who loved to cook for his family, friends and holiday gatherings. When his daughter, Tracy competed in High School Rodeo, he and Janie would open their home and feed many young high school rodeo cowboys and cowgirls each year, along with providing a roof to sleep under.

Steve was a simple, selfless man who had an incredible love for his family and friends. If you were around him for any length of time he never forgot you, and oftentimes would consider you a lifelong friend. From then on you were part of his family. He was the kind of man that would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it and never asked for anything in return. He shared a love of animals with his wife and was always ready to help rescue and foster puppies or dogs in need anytime he could.

He is preceded in death by his father, Julius Listar, his mother and stepfather, Laverne and Robert E. “Pat” Rickman, and an infant son.

He leaves behind his loving wife, Janie Hudson Listar; one daughter, Tracy Listar Bishop (Jed); and one brother, Dennis Rickman (Carol) all of Crossett; three half-sisters, Rhonda Listar-Guest (Ed) of Phoenix, Arizona, Julie Wright (Don) of Georgetown, Texas, and Pam Listar-Costley (Robin) of Groton, New York; and one half-brother, Michael Listar (Elaine) of Acworth, Georgia; along with one very special grandson, Noah Steven Bishop; a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives; and more best friends than anyone could count.

A Celebration of Life Graveside Service will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, September 8, at Carlock Cemetery, with Bro. Chris Sexton and nephew, Keith Oden officiating.

Visitation will be from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m., Tuesday, September 7, at Medders Funeral Home, 1564 Hwy 52 W, in Crossett.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to be made in Steve’s memory to the Crossett Canine Rescue or the local animal rescue of your choice.

Those who are considered high risk, running fever, or recently exposed to COVID-19 are encouraged to stay home to protect themselves and others. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, practice social distancing and refrain from physical contact.