Stephen Howe Webb
1961 - 2016
Matthews Mortuary
690 E 56th Street
Brownsburg, IN
Stephen Howe Webb

54 of Brownsburg, was born March 13, 1961 to Helen and Carl Webb of Indianapolis and departed this life on March 5, 2016.  Steve married the love of his life, Diane Timmerman, on July 16, 1988 in Chicago, and they had five children who, with their faith, were the center of their lives. Steve was a graduate of Warren Central High School where he wrote his first book, the History of Warren Central, and was an avid debater. He graduated Summa cum Laude from Wabash College and received his PhD with distinction from the University of Chicago.

He taught religion and philosophy for 25 years at Wabash and recently taught at CTS in Indianapolis and served in several prison ministries. Steve wrote over a dozen academic books on a wide range of theological topics from rhetoric to gift-giving to vegetarianism to Bob Dylan and more. In recent years, Steve published a great deal on Mormonism, including books on the LDS faith with Oxford University Press, where the majority of his books were published. Additionally, Steve wrote hundreds of essays, articles, book reviews, chapters in books, and web articles. The scope of his work was deep, original, and often provocative. He loved a good argument and loved engaging with people and ideas every chance he could get. In the past few years, he truly enjoyed his connections to the wonderful people of the LDS community.

Steve was an amazing, engaged, and loving father to his five children. He was always ready to play a game, enter into a theological debate, help with homework, or watch a movie with them.  He was a steadfast and giving husband who shared a deep bond with his loving wife. Together they enjoyed traveling the world and also just hanging out and enjoying the simple things in life.  They especially loved attending all of their children's events.

Left to cherish his memory are his parents, Carl and Helen Webb, his brother Tom Webb of San Francisco (wife Wenela and son Ian), his devoted wife Diane Timmerman of Brownsburg, and their children Charis, Barek, Asher, Teka, and Tsehai. Also honoring his memory are his sister-in-law Therese Hamilton (husband Donnie and daughter Eleanor), brother-in-law Charles Timmerman (wife Suzanne Edmands and daughters Calla and Meryl) and godparents of the children, Aron and Joyce Aji and Tom and Susan Darling, as well as a host of friends and family. All remember Steve for his honesty, deep faith, true friendship, and interest in others. He will be deeply missed by all.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at Matthews Mortuary, Brownsburg. Funeral Services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 11 in Englewood Christian Church, Indianapolis, with reception to follow at the church.  Online guestbook at

Published by The Indianapolis Star on Mar. 9, 2016.
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A remarkable philosopher and theologian. A defender of animals. He is missed.
Bret Lythgoe
March 3, 2019
I found fellowship and validation for some of my deepest religious instincts in Stephen's work. Engaging with his writing has brought me comfort and a sense of not being alone with my convictions. I am very sorry to hear of his passing and I would like to join my voice with those who speak of missing him, and profess my hope that nothing is in vain, and one day we will all be reunited.
Jennifer Stock
April 9, 2017
Knew D Webb from the second generation view point feeling his influence while giving a presentation with one of his students. A small ripple in the pool of time which will continue onward forever.
Pray for his children and hope for small visitations in sense or spirit of reaffirmation of their father's presence and love.
Families are forever
Douglas Major
January 22, 2017
I took several classes from Professor Webb while attending Wabash College. He was an excellent teacher, and did a wonderful job facilitating interesting discussions about complex issues with his students. His passion for teaching and mastery of his material were evident. He helped make me a better writer and thinker, and for that I'm grateful. I want to pass along my deepest sympathies to his family.
Joab Schultheis
May 9, 2016
A powerful writerI'm deeply moved by his legacy of word's. My deepest condolences to his family and friends
April 20, 2016
I had the privilege of interviewing Stephen for a documentary on the Book of Mormon two years ago. In the short time we were together, an instant bond formed. He is one of God's gifted sons. I'm so grateful we could capture his wit, warmth and deep spirituality on film.

May the Lord bless you and the children, Diane. I am comforted to know he is with his God and Savior, and preparing the way for you.
Russ Holt
March 15, 2016
A good man, fine colleague and valued friend. He is missed deeply.
Kathleen Flake
March 14, 2016
After discovering Dr. Webb through his articles in First Things, I contacted him via email and found him a generous and engaging correspondent. He helped me think things through in a deep and thoughtful way. I will remember him and his family in my prayers.
Bryon Dickey
March 14, 2016
As a resident of Idaho, I wanted you to know the reach of Dr. Webb's influence. A few years ago, I stumbled across his books on, then enjoyed listening to an online lecture and reading his posts on the internet. I appreciate his kindness to the Latter-day Saint community. He leaves an important legacy.
Ann Hartley
March 14, 2016
I was greatly affected by his work on Mormon Materialism. He was a great thinker
Greg Brim
March 13, 2016
Steve was an honorable, generous, warm-hearted and deeply intelligent man. I had several encounters with him and went away each time feeling informed and improved. What a blessing his life was for our world. God bless and keep his family in this sad time, and may their memory of Steve be one of gratitude and affection, as mine will be. Rest in peace, my friend. I hope we will talk again, over tofu, in times to come.
Charles Mathewes
March 13, 2016
D Webb as I called him, because he didn't like to be called Dr, was a kind and supportive professor. May he rest in peace.
Kiev Tolka
March 11, 2016
Very sad to hear of Dr. Webb's passing. He made wonderful contributions to animal ethics, and interreligious tolerance and understanding.
Bret Lythgoe
March 11, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with the Webb family. May God be with you at this time.
Terry Loux
March 11, 2016
Dear Diane, Barek and family,
Our thoughts and prayers for you and Stephen.
Your soccer family,
USA Indiana teammates
Mr. and Mrs. Brian O'Dell
March 10, 2016
Driving with Stephen to Prison Fellowship every Wednesday evening for 3-4 years was a highlight of the week for me. I will miss his humor, his intellect, his engagement with the guys in prison, his ability to take a joke and return one.
May God bring comfort and peace to the family.
LaRon Beemer
March 9, 2016
My greatest sympathies. I am going to miss my dear friend. Driving with Stephen to Putnamville on Wednesday nights for prison ministry was such a blessing to me. He and I had so many laughs, and then I could challenge him with a controversial topic, especially one of his hot buttons, and then sit back and drive and smile while he waxed professorial and eloquent and funny.
May God richly bless your family with comfort and peace.
LaRon Beemer
March 9, 2016
Steve and I rode up to Ft. Wayne to the calling of Kenneth Rudolph, Wabash Class of '05. Kenneth's passing, too, was shocking and we mourned together. During that ride, I learned so much about Stephen's warmth, humor and ability to "connect" with just anyone. My heart is broken to learn of his passing - but I find great comfort in knowing that Steve was open about his abiding faith and hope his loved ones do, too. The number of lives he impacted at Wabash and elsewhere is too countless to number. He simply made a difference by his caring ways.
March 9, 2016
This sudden passing of Professor Webb is a shock to all. I was fortunate enough to attend both Warren Central and Wabash College with this brilliant scholar. Even at a young age he was a leader and a teacher to his fellow classmates. My prayers are with his family.
Jefferson Qualls
March 9, 2016
I met Stephen for the first time just last August at the Interpreter Foundation anniversary dinner. What I remember most about Stephen from that celebration is how he put you at the center of his attention when you were sharing something with him. He truly was interested in what you had to say. May the Savior's promised peace and comfort find you quickly in the coming days. Sunday will come.
Chris Miasnik
March 9, 2016
From our family to yours, please know you are loved & in our thoughts & prayers. We are honored to have known Stephen and be your friend. You are an amazing person Diane, which I've seen over and over again. I know you'll be strong through this most difficult time, but your friends & family are here to help. Don't hesitate to ask!!! WE LOVE YOU!!
Jamie Hall
March 9, 2016
My sympathy to Diane and the children in your loss. My son, Adam, now a pastor in Cincinnati, was the beneficiary of his theological teachings, beliefs and insights at Wabash. May God be with you., as you also share your gifts of knowledge and creativity in memory of your husband.
Sarah Fronczek
March 8, 2016
There are teachers who teach, and there are teachers who change lives. Dr. Webb was the latter. He will be greatly missed.

My condolences to his family, as I'm sure he was an even better father and husband.
Logan Fowler
March 8, 2016
My thoughts and prayers for you and your children in your loss.
Penny Allgood
March 8, 2016
I am saddened and shocked by this loss. Dr. Webb taught two classes at CTS which I attended and he also was my advisor for a guided research project over the summer. He and I had jail and prison ministry in common, as well as a connection to the Roman Catholic Church. He was an intelligent and caring person and my heart is broken for his family. May God hold his children close!
Judy Goodrow
March 8, 2016
Dear Diane,
What a shock to see the news of the passing of your beloved husband. Cyber hugs sent your way. I am so sorry for your tragic loss. -Much Love, Chris Sanford (friend of Therese from Ball State)
Chris Sanford
March 8, 2016
The news made me think of a probably forgotten memory to everyone involved.

While we were in high school, some of our Bible study group that Steve W. and Steve K. led went down to the Sonshine Inn, a Christian coffee house, on Arsenal near downtown Indianapolis. It was early June 1979.

Afterward, we went to the Circle where a homeless man approached us for money. The Steves wanted to find him a place to stay for the night, so we took him to the Wheeler Mission, but he'd missed the check in time.

The Steves, Rick S., Tom P., and I ended back at the Sonshine Inn, where a couple of the people there talked to him and prayed with him before sending him back into the night.

Steve and the rest of us went into the coffee house where they prayed over us. That's another story for another day.

I didn't get home until 4 a.m., and my mom and step-dad were not happy. They were convinced that Steve W. and Steve K. were running a junior cult.

Steve W. and Steve K. came to my house a couple of days later, and they went toe-to-toe with my step-dad who had never been wrong about anything, ever, in his life.

Steve W. held his ground as he stayed calm and focused, and he earned the grudging respect of my step-dad. I was still grounded, though.

After high school and college, I went into the Army, with my first stop in West Berlin, 1986-89. Thirty years goes by quickly.

It's possible that my memory and the exact-exact facts are a bit fuzzy, and they may be some secondary characters that were or weren't included. Steve, though, was very mature and had a compassionate heart even then.

I enjoyed hearing about and from Steve and Diane through the years, and getting the Webb-Timmerman family newsletter was a highlight of the Christmas season.

If Steve runs into my step-dad in heaven, maybe they can resume that great debate from years ago.

Grace every day. Peace always.
Christopher Allbright
March 8, 2016

Melody and I are out of town and will miss the calling. Steve will be missed by all. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Bob and Melody Grand
March 8, 2016
My heart goes out to you, Diane, and to your children after learning the sad news's about Steve's passing. I remember him and you well from our time at the University of Chicago and Disciples Divinity House. In the years which followed, I got to know Steve intellectually through the blessings of his writing. In my courses on environmental ethics, his work on Christianity and the moral status of animals has been an illuminating source of wisdom. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Peter Browning
March 8, 2016
Diane - my heart goes out to you and your family.

My deepest sympathies.

Stephen Pavy
Stephen Pavy
March 8, 2016
We are devastated at the news of Steve' death. He was an important part of our lives and the life of our departed son, Erik.
Rest in peace, Steve
March 8, 2016
Steve's life was full of good deeds - he will not be forgotten. May his family and friends find peace and understanding. We send much love.
Heather Coble
March 8, 2016
In Hoc Signo Vinces Steve... May you rest in peace and be bathed in God's glory. No more tears, no more pain.

Diane, you and the kids are in my prayers. I hope there can be some degree of comfort in knowing that you're being lifted in loving prayer in this time of sorrow.

Chris Cotton - Wabash Sigma Chi Class of 1991
Chris Cotton
March 8, 2016
We had such great times with Steve and Diane years ago when we were in Hyde Park, and enjoyed visits to Indiana when we were starting our families, checking out covered bridges, trying to cook morels for the first time. I am very sorry for your loss.
Dirk Ehlers
March 8, 2016
Dr Webb was my first professor at CTS and became a good friend. Blessings and prayers to the Webb family.
Eric Kropp
March 8, 2016
Diane, my heart goes out to you and your family. I am so, so sorry for your loss. Please, know you are in my thoughts and prayers. May God hold you and all of your family in the palm of His hand and grant you strength, comfort, and peace in the days to come. -Sheri Stormes
Sheri Stormes
March 8, 2016
The short time that I met Steve in Arizona I felt that we had been friends for a long time. Everyone in my family had a wonderful time visiting with him. We will all miss him.
Sonny Krisintu
March 8, 2016
I had the pleasure of attending several events where Stephen spoke here in Provo, UT, and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. My prayers go out to his family. I am seriously going to miss this guy.
Bob Lavender
March 8, 2016
We shared the pleasure of meeting Steve and Dianne about five years ago. Our brief visit with them and the Darlings will always be a fond memory

-Bill Stratford
March 8, 2016
My deepest condolences to the family and prayers are with you.
March 8, 2016
My deepest condolences to Diane and their children. I knew Steve as a student and a colleague. He had a fine mind and sharp intellect.
John Fischer
March 8, 2016
From our days at Warren Central - I remember Steve as an incredible intellectual. Bringing home wins at every debate ........ he was a force to be reckoned with!
So saddened to hear the news that he is gone. My deepest condolences and prayers for my fellow Thespian and classmate, Diane - their children and families. May God be a strength to you all and show you how much He truly loves you during this difficult time.
Robin Willis
March 8, 2016
Dr. Stephen Webb is simply a fantastic man. When I met him in Utah last summer of 2015, he taught me things about Christ and His Everlasting Atonement in many profound ways. In his book, Mormon and Catholic, my eyes were opened to the beauties of both Mormonism and Catholicism.

I was planning on listening to him talk this upcoming Saturday. And was quite exciting to share with him some of the things I've learned since the last time we spoke.

I know someday I will see him again.

My prayers are extended to Stephen's family and friends who might be grieving for this loss.
Eric Lopez
March 8, 2016
I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Webb in August 2015 when he was in Provo. He was a delightful individualfunny, warm, and personally engaging. I'm so sorry to hear of his passing, and pray for God's blessings to be with his family and loved ones during this difficult time.
Mike Parker
March 7, 2016
I heard him speak a few times and had some lovely correspondence over the past few years. He was (is) an inspiration to me and will be supremely missed.
Ruth Thomas
March 7, 2016
Your in my thoughts and prayers! May God comfort your family at this time.
Chris Adkins
March 7, 2016
God speed, friend, mentor, and Wabash brother. You will always be one of my favorites. We met my sophomore year in 2005 as debate-teammates in the annual College Repubicans vs. College Democrats debate. You were my faculty representative to the 2008 Celebration of Student Research when I was promoting my first book about Wabash, entitled "Scarlet Saturdays." I am currently pursuing my master's at Saint Louis University because of the recommendation letter your wrote for me one year ago. God bless you, good sir. The world is lesser, but heaven is better because of you.
Paul Smith
March 7, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with you
Gale White
March 7, 2016
From our kindergarten circle to our lunch circle; you were a joy my friend! My heart is so sad that we will not get the opportunity to build on our old friendship and make new memories. I will cherish your stories, your laughter at lunch and your hug goodbye! I will work even harder to make this a better world because we shared it with you, I know you are wrapped in the love of our Father in heaven and I will look forward to you welcoming me; when we all get to heaven! Be at peace my friend!
Cindy Goodwin Taylor
March 7, 2016
I am so sorry.
Beyond that I just can't find words that are remotely adequate.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Tom Meaden
March 7, 2016
Steve we grew up together as kids and went to Creston Jr High and Warren Central High School together. Rode the bus together and had many debates.
We reconnected in December and it was so wonderful to catch up with our lives.
God Bless you, Diane and the kids.
Danny Braun
March 7, 2016
Eternal rest and perpetual light, O Lord. Steve Webb inspired so many of us as he made us laugh and think--often at the same time. Prayers for his family.
Jeff Marlett
March 7, 2016
So sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Randy and Mary Thaler
March 7, 2016
I had the great pleasure of editing many of Stephen's pieces that he wrote on theology and how it related to the LDS faith. He was a deeply thoughtful and introspective man, and I learned much wisdom from him. I recently saw him at an LDS conference in the Salt Lake City area. An extensive interview had recently been conducted with him about theology in the Book of Mormon, which was part of a documentary placed on the church's home page for weeks. That's a big deal, as it's one of the most visited sites in the world. I joked with him that I had been a member of my church for 40 years and already he had made a greater contribution to my church than I had. I'm glad I took the opportunity to have a good laugh with him then, because that was the last time I saw him. What a beautiful man. I am so happy to have known Stephen Webb.
Jim Summerhays, BYU Studies
Jim Summerhays
March 7, 2016
Our hearts are heavy today. I hope and pray that you have found piece. You will be missed and never forgotten. Until we meet again.
Kevin Fields
March 7, 2016
I was so sorry, and shaken, to learn about your loss. I extend my condolences, offer my sympathy, and wish for Diane and her family comfort and hope.
Matt Roland
March 7, 2016
As a member of the Warren Central High School community I send my deepest condolences to the Webb family, and want you to know how proud we are that Dr. Webb was a distinguished alumni. He will be greatly missed.
Terese Andrews
March 7, 2016
May he be embraced in the arms of the loving God he worshipped.
March 7, 2016
Our hearts are heavy - our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God surround you with the peace and understanding that only He can give.
Gary & Brenda Kling
March 7, 2016
Our hearts are heavy - our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God ease your burden and surround you with His love.
Brenda & Gary Kling
March 7, 2016
I'm so sorry to hear of Steve's passing. My condolences to you and the rest of the family.

Phil Criswell Butler '95
March 7, 2016
Steve was a faithful and loving friend, a brilliant and sincere mind, and a man deep and rich humanity rooted in his Christian faith. His loss will be felt on so many levels, but most of all I send my love and condolences to his beautiful family.
Sam Rocha
March 7, 2016
So sorry to hear of Dr. Webb's passing. I had him as a teacher in several classes while at Wabash and he was always an infectious lecturer. His energy is my energy now too, I don't know how else to say it.
Tanner Coggins
March 7, 2016
I am so sad to hear of the death of my friend, Steve Webb. He was one of the most gifted thinkers and writers I have ever known.

Requiesce in pace.
Francis Beckwith
March 7, 2016
My condolences to his friends and family. I didn't know Steve well but I admired his work and his faith. It was a sad, sad day when he left Wabash College. He was a good man, and his death at such a young age is an unfathomable loss.
David Pancost
March 7, 2016
Loved Steve and Diane since high school. Much love to Diane and the whole family on the loss of such a great man!
Fondly, Kris
March 7, 2016
Dr. Webb was one of my favorite professors at Wabash. To me, he embodied what Wabash was all about: thought-provoking dialogue, internal reflection, hard work, humor, and fun. He will be missed.
March 7, 2016
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