Steven Wayne Friend of Wyandotte died Monday, May 11, 2009, at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin, Mo., after an illness. He was 55.

Mr. Friend was born March 30, 1954, in Joplin to Fred and Betty (Foster) Friend. He lived in the area all of his life. He was a member of Sycamore Chapel United Methodist Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Mandy Maila of Pittsburg, Kan., and Julie Friend of Spavinaw; his mother, of Seneca, Mo.; one brother, Randy Friend of Wyandotte; two sisters, Susie Hoag of Joplin and Carolyn Watkins of Galena, and one grandson.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Sycamore Chapel United Methodist Church.

The Rev. Don Bates will officiate. Burial will be in Seneca Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. today at Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home in Seneca.