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Steven J. Radford
May 6, 1952 - January 27, 2023
Steven “Steve” Radford, left this realm on January 27, 2023 from complications from prostate cancer. He was in the top 1% of patients, if anything could go wrong it probably did. However, he took it all in stride and insisted on looking forward to the future. Also, on calling himself the $6 million man. His family was at his side through the 18 year journey, which he kept fairly private. He was a warrior, not a victim.
Steve was born on May 6, 1952, to Virgie Jewell in Indianapolis, where he grew up forging a community of lifelong friends and gaining the nickname “Red”. He attended Indiana University for his Bachelor’s, Master’s and Juris Doctorate degrees. He married the love of his life, Jan, on August 3, 1980; it was a romance that started by showing off a goat in his bathtub. Said goat was later bbq’d. No further goats were harmed in this marriage. He has two children Nikki and Adam (Carolyn) Radford, and many surrogate children who could call the Radford home their own.
He is also survived by 7 siblings: Leonard (JoAnn) Radford, Gerald (Rudy) Radford, Charles (Liz) Jewell, Brenda (Wayne) Miles, Sheila K Jewell, Darlene (Danny) Miles and John Jewell, too many nieces and nephews to name, countless friends and a spoiled grand-dog named Booger.
Steve was often the life of the party, a two-time wedding dance competition champion, an honorary Starfleet admiral, life coach, and pro-bono legal consultant to friends and family. He was the giver of sage advice and was a friend, mentor and confidant to many. Steve loved cooking, talking about food, and sharing new recipes. He ran 13 marathons, biked centuries, and continued playing basketball even after his knees and hips begged for mercy.
Steve shared an easy smile, and a great laugh with newly made friends everywhere he went. Traveling with Steve was always an adventure including often taking the “scenic route" (translation getting “lost”). He had an insatiable curiosity about the culture, people, environment and especially the food of wherever he landed.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2023, at 1 PM at New Fellowship Family Church 9340 E. 38th St. Indianapolis, Indiana. Visitation will take place at 12 PM. A Celebration of Life Party will be held on Saturday, June 24, 2023, from 2-5 PM, in Michigan City, IN.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Steve’s memory to: Interfaith Community Pads: