Stephen K. Johnson, 71
Jan. 8, 1942 - Dec. 21, 2013
ELKHART — Stephen K. Johnson, 71, of Elkhart, passed away Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at Greenleaf Living Center.
He was born Jan. 8, 1942, in Elkhart to Irvin K. and Ernestine (Thorpe) Johnson.
Surviving are two sons, Keith M. (Hannah Tindal) of Chicago and Lad S. (Katie) Johnson of St. Petersburg, Fla.; a grandson, Isaac Johnson; two brothers, Roger (Susan) Johnson of Alexandria, Minn., and David (Donna) Johnson of Elkhart; nephew Wes (Andrea) Maier; great-nephew Thomas Maier; uncle and aunt Ray (Susie) Reas; and his good friend, Mary Spruitenburg.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Janice Maier; a brother, Thomas Johnson; and his parents.
Steve graduated from Concord High School in 1960 and earned his undergraduate from North Central College in 1964 and his master’s degree from Indiana University. Steve was a teacher and basketball coach at Concord High School from 1968-1972. He then coached Batesville High School for two years before coming to Elkhart Memorial High School from 1978-1983. He left for private business and then returned to Memorial from 1994-2006. He also served as an assistant under Homer Drew at Valparaiso from 1990-1994. Steve was also director of the Camp Winaukee Basketball Camp for 20 years. He retired as an instructor at the Midwest Basketball Academy.
Steve was a loving father, grandfather, uncle, brother, friend, mentor, coach, teacher and role model. His influence extended to both the classroom and basketball court. He was positive, encouraging, supportive and always prepared to win. He believed and led by his coaching motto: “MTXE” Mental Toughness Extra Effort. One of the things that brought him great joy was spending time with his grandson, Issac.
Visitation for Steve will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at Granger Community Church, Elkhart Campus, where funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday. Pastor Gene Troyer will officiate. Burial will follow in Prairie Street Cemetery after a procession past the south side of Northside Gym.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Granger Community Church, Elkhart Campus.
Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral & Cremation Center is entrusted with arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to www.stemmlawsonpeterson.com.