Stephen M. Walsmith

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Stephen M. Walsmith

Devoted husband, loving father, supportive brother, attentive uncle, gifted athlete, innovative graphic designer, dynamic coach, loyal friend, incredibly creative problem-solver, and patriotic Army Veteran died on December 9th at St. Vincent Hospital with his son, Stoker, at his bedside. Steve was born on October 2, 1945 and, other than college and the service, never lived farther than 7 miles from his original home in Broad Ripple. The son of Joseph and Elinor Walsmith, he graduated from North Central High School where his football prowess was recognized by the Indianapolis Star when they printed in the fall of 1963 that Steve was the "toughest defensive end in the county" in naming him to the All-County Football Team. Steve loved coaching sports as much as participating. He coached youth ice hockey for several years and even took his son's team to the nationals in Colorado.

Steve attended Ball State University, then entered the U.S. Army. After suffering a serious back injury in Hawaii while training for Vietnam, he returned home and attended the Herron School of Art and Design where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts. He worked for the Indianapolis Star in the graphic arts division, then started his own company, "The Ad Studio" where he received accolades from his fellow professionals for his skill and creativity.

Stephen is survived by his wife of 43 years, Marsha (Gresham); son, Stoker; brothers, Joe and Robert; and sister, Ginny Hart. He also leaves many loving nephews, nieces, and in-laws. Steve was a kind, sensitive, "gentle giant" who treasured the memories of his NCHS friends and all the good times they had shared.

Steve requested a Celebration of Life which will be held as an Open House at the Knights of Columbus on 71st Street, west of Keystone Avenue on Saturday, December 21st, from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Casual, please!

Memorial donations may be made to the , Peyton Manning Children's Hospital or Wounded Warrior Project. Arrangements have been entrusted to Lep pert Mortuary and Crematory, Nora Chapel and you are invited to send a condolence to the family at:

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740 East 86th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46240
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Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Dec. 17, 2013
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