Steve, Kathy McCarville honored by Chamber
Thu, 11/19/2020 - 9:06am admin
—In business in Cresco for 41 years!
Marcie Klomp ~ News Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
[Editor's note: Steve and Kathy McCarville were named grand marshals of the Santa Parade. Since then, the event has been cancelled due to COVID-19 and Iowa Governor's Proclamations. It is hoped, the couple can be honored at an upcoming celebration.]
CRESCO - Each year, the committee that decides who to pick for Grand Marshal of the Santa Parade chooses individuals who have gone above and beyond in giving back to their community.
For 2020, Steve and Kathy McCarville rose to the top of the list. For years, each has contributed to the Cresco community in various ways. Kathy served on the parish committee and held down the fort as Steve grew his businesses (Chuck, Steve & Tom’s and Camp-Site RV) and volunteered on boards and committees. “I’m really proud to be a Cresco citizen,” he said. Kathy agreed.
McCarvilles have had a good life in Cresco and give back when they can. The hard part lately has been to accept the help, prayers and kindness shown to them since Steve’s diagnosis of cancer on Sept. 18, 2019.
Kathy explained that Steve started receiving cards and phone calls when word got out. “At the beginning, we would get four or five cards a day, and we are still getting them today.” They have received cards from people they don’t even know. “The kindness is amazing!” she said.
They have also received quite a few gas cards they use while going back and forth for treatments and appreciate every act of kindness.
Steve’s voice caught as he said, “Cancer changed my life. I can’t thank the people enough for everything.” Life isn’t all about the big things. It’s also about the little things. “I can’t say enough how great people are. Just getting a text message that says, ‘I know you’re getting a treatment today. I wish you luck’ or ‘I’m praying for you,’ means a lot. It gives you will power.”
But it’s not just since his diagnosis they have received support from the community. Kathy was offered a job when she needed one and people supported Chuck, Steve & Tom’s, their first business in 1979, and continued when it morphed into Camp-Site RV. “We’ve had good clients and customers over the years,” Steve reminisced.
To pay back the community for supporting him, Steve has served on committees and boards for the betterment of Cresco and Howard County. He was a member of the main committee for all three visits from RAGBRAI; was on the main committee for Cresco’s 150th celebration; and served on Park Board, Parish Council, Cresco Bank & Trust bank board, Regional Health Services of Howard County hospital board and CIDC (Cresco Industrial Development Corporation) Board.
Most recently, he served on Cresco City Council since January 2010. Due to his illness, he had to resign his seat this past September. “I miss it,” he said.
Kathy retired from Cresco Bank & Trust in August to spend more time with Steve. The couple have been married for 41 years.
Since he was diagnosed, Steve has slowed down even more. He sold his portion of Camp-Site to their children who have been working there, Ryan, Kyle and Kelly. Daughter Kimberly works at the hospital. They also have six grandchildren, with one on the way in January 2021.
He may have slowed down work-wise, but he hasn’t slowed down completely. This summer, especially with COVID, the family camped a lot more, all over the area, with family and friends visiting as well.
The couple enjoys all things outside. Besides camping, they spend time on their Spider (three-wheel motorcycle), Ranger, kayak, golfing (when able) and more. Kathy goes on daily walks, quilts and paints.
But they both agreed . . . their number one hobby is their grandkids! They spend as much time as they can with them.
When facing a serious illness, Steve said it really makes a person sit back and look at life. “Live everyday and enjoy everyday,” he said.
Kathy added, “Live every day like it’s your last. We all should do that.”
When the couple was asked to be grand marshalls of the Santa Parade, Steve said, “I was tickled to death. I’ve lived here my whole life. I’m thrilled to see young families moving into our neighborhood. It’s a great town.”
Make sure to attend the parade and show them how much you appreciate what they have done for Cresco and Howard County.