Steven J. Markus Sr., 77, of DeLand, Fla., and a former Westport resident, died May 28 at Kindred Hospital-North Florida in Green Cove Springs.

Born July 16, 1933, in Norwalk, he lived in Westport for several years before moving to South Kortright, N.Y., and then to DeLand. Also known as Pete, he worked as a heavy equipment operator for Kowalsky Brothers for more than 30 years.

He was predeceased May 18 by his wife Lillian of 53 years, as well as a brother, Joseph.

Survivors include a brother, Alex and his wife Doris and their children of East Merideth, N.Y.; a son, Steven Jr. and his wife Robin; grandchildren Joey and Kristina (Lulu) of DeLand, Kimberly and her fiance Matt of Streamwood, Ill., and Gregory of Glen Ellyn, Ill. Allen-Summerhill Funeral Home in DeLand handled arrangements. Online condolences may be made at