Stephen H. Baker

Stephen H. Baker

51, of Indianapolis, passed away in his sleep on Tuesday, December 10, 2013. He was born on June 27, 1962 to Dr. Duke and Karen Baker of Indianapolis.

Steve was a 1980 graduate of Brebeuf High School and a 1984 graduate of Indiana University. At the age of 16, he was hired to work in the photo shop at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and was promoted to professional photographer when he turned 21. In 2000, he was inducted into the "Indianapolis 500 Old Timers Club" in recognition of his years of service. He photographed the race until 2013. In 1991, he was asked to create an exhibit for the National Art Museum of Sports regarding racing. His 70 image exhibit was entitled "The Athlete as a Racer." In 1995, he authored a book called "Racing is Everything: A Photographic Tribute" in which Tom Binford wrote the foreword. He also was a freelance photographer and in 2006, he authored "The Great Indiana State Fair at 150: A Pictorial Celebration" and earlier this year he authored "The Marion University Today Book", a photographic look at the past and present of the University Steve was also a member of IATSE Local Union No. 30. He is remembered as a hard working and reliable employee, who had many friends there.

He is survived by one brother, Dr. William (Amy) Baker of Indianapolis and three sisters, Anne Robinson of Exton, PA; Cathy (JD) Glaess of Queen Creek, AZ and Connie (Darrell) Douglass of Bloomington, IL. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Steve was preceded in death by his father, Dr. Duke Baker and his mother, K. Karen (Kramer) Baker and all four grandparents.

A visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Sunday, December 15 at Flanner and Buchanan-Washington Park North , 2706 Kessler Blvd N Dr., Indianapolis. A Mass of Christian Burial, officiated by Father Todd Goodson will be held on Monday, December 16 at St. Monica Catholic Church at 10 a.m., with calling an hour prior. The burial will follow at Washington Park North Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made, in memory of Steve, to the at 1701 North Beauregard Street in Alexandria, VA 22311. Online condolences may be made at

Funeral Home

Flanner and Buchanan – Washington Park North
2706 Kessler Blvd. West Indianapolis, IN 46228
(317) 251-5959

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Dec. 14, 2013