Donald Steward

  Donald Roger Steward, 84, Plainfield, passed away Wednesday, March 13, at Life’s Journey Hospice in Avon. He was born August 18, 1934, in Lafayette, Indiana to the late Roger Malcolm Steward and Helen Virginia (Forbes) Steward. He was a 1952 graduate of Lafayette Jefferson High School. He received a BS in Industrial Education from Purdue University in 1965 and a Master of Science from Purdue in 1969. He married Shirley Ann Berry on November 17, 1957 at Lafayette.

Don worked at National Homes Corp. in Lafayette after high school and during his Purdue undergraduate days. He had a 32-year career as a teacher with North Putnam School Corporation, beginning at Roachdale High School in 1965 and continuing with North Putnam Junior-Senior High School.  He retired from North Putnam High School in 1997, where he taught Industrial Education classes, which later became Industrial Technology classes, and served for 21 years as athletic trainer for the football and basketball teams.

Volunteering was a longtime pursuit with Don. He was a volunteer fireman with Roachdale – Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Department for 30 years and served several years as assistant chief. He also became an EMT for the department. This led to his involvement with the establishment of PMH Ambulance Service in 1976 and served several years as its president.  After moving to Heritage Lake in 1996, he served with the Floyd Township Fire District Board, serving as its president when the new fire station was planned and built.  He also served on the Operation Life Board from 2003 to 2012.

Don was a longtime member of the Roachdale Lions Club, could often be heard yelling “Hot Fish!” during its annual fish fries, and planned and set off the fireworks at Roachdale’s Fourth of July celebration for many years. He also served on the Roachdale Town Board for four years. Don was also a founding member of the Purdue Alumni Club of Putnam County.

A 50-year member of Roachdale Christian Church, Don was present when the church envisioned expanding its programs with an addition to the building, and oversaw the building process with its completion in 1993.

While living at Heritage Lake, Don served on the Heritage Lake Property Owners’ Association board and enjoyed doing lake patrol.

Don is survived by his wife Shirley, sons Bradley Steward (Lee Ann) and Barry Steward (Dee Ann), of Indianapolis, grandchildren Marissa Steward, Andrew Steward and Erica Steward, all of Indianapolis, and sister Janet Cooper (Dennis) of Georgetown, Texas.

Visitation will be at Roachdale Christian Church, 1 North Walnut Street, Roachdale, IN  46172 on Sunday, March 17 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. The funeral will be held at the church on Monday, March 18 at 11:00 a.m. with pastor Phil Barnes.  Burial will follow at Tippecanoe Memory Gardens, 1718 West 350 North West Lafayette, IN  47906 at 4:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Roachdale Christian Church, Roachdale Volunteer Fire Department, Floyd Township Volunteer Fire Department, or North Putnam Alumni Scholarship Fund.


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17 thoughts on “Donald Steward

  • Marty and Sharon Wertz

    We were so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. Just wanted to pass along our condolences to Shirley, Brad, Barry and the family.

  • Nancy Lively Brennan

    Shirley & family…
    I am so so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. I feel truly blessed to have gotten to spend the time with you two this past year, that I got to spend, God Bless You All.
    Shirley, take care of yourself darlin!

  • Linda Nelson Murphy

    My sympathy to Shirley and family. Don was a great teacher and taught both of my son as well as knowing them in my years working at NP. And I have enjoyed renewing our frienrships thru the Prime Time Trips.

  • The Winters

    You are in our hearts and prayers. May our loving Abba Father flood you all with His peace the next few days and pour out His grace and mercy in the days, weeks, months… to follow. As Christians we do not grieve as those who have no hope, such a joy to know Don is safely home. LORD bless you all.

    Dave and Ail Winters
    Grace Fellowship Small Group/Georgetown, TX

  • Ron and Don Simpson

    Thoughts and Prayers are with you Shirley and the boys. Don was our class sponsor in 1967 and was an outstanding Teacher.

  • Drew Brothers

    Don was my dad’s athletic trainer, when he coached boys basketball. Was always in charge of keeping me out of trouble at practice and games. Gonna miss those lightning bugs Don.

  • Jeneene Lyon

    I only knew Don for a few short years,but always enjoyed him and wife Shirley on Prime Timer trips. Loved them both. Will always. Remember him. Rest in Heaven May God Bless you.

  • Josh Means

    Class of 2001 had Mr Steward as a shop Teacher in 6,7,8 and also was involved with Roachdale Christian Church!! RIPMRSTEWARD!!

  • Donna Houser

    Don was the sponsor for the class of 1973. He and Shirley came to our class reunions and always joked that this group still “looked like they needed a sponsor”. We enjoyed spending time with both of them. He helped the community in which he lived, giving of his time for others. There will be many stars for Don’s crown in heaven, which is our greatest hope on this earth. He will be missed! Prayers for the family.

  • Cindy Huddleston

    Don was a great person. My prayers for his family to find peace. He touched so many people’s heart and never expected anything in return. Prayers

  • Dena Irwin

    Mr. Steward was a beloved teacher at North Putnam. He was always helping students become their better selves. He will be missed. My condolences to his wife, Shirley, and sons, Brad and Barry, their wives Lee Ann and Dee Ann, and his grandchildren.