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.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Steve’s memory to:
Interfaith Community Pads: https://interfaithcommunitypads.in/ifcpwpr48/donate-
goods/, American Cancer Society: https://www.cancer.org/involved/donate/memorial-
giving.html, and the Michigan City Promise Scholarship (℅ of Janet Beutner, Promise
Scholarship Director, 100 E. Michigan Blvd., Michigan City, IN 46360). Steve always
had a smile and a hand to lend. Help continue his legacy.
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