OBITUARY

Stephen M Kelker

February 21, 1946October 8, 2021
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STEPHEN M. KELKER, 75, passed peacefully Friday, Oct. 8, 2021. Born Feb. 21, 1946 in Fort Wayne, he was the son of the late Ralph and Mildred (Gardiner) Kelker. Stephen was a graduate of Central Catholic High School, attended Indiana University and was a proud United States Marine Corps veteran. He was a journeyman electrician with the Local IBEW before transitioning to his career in insurance sales with Prudential Insurance Company and as a registered representative with Prudential-Bache Securities, Grabill Bank and APP Financial. Stephen was an avid reader, loved working in his yard, but his most beloved passion was being a grandpa (Papa) to his grandchildren and the neighbor “grands.” He was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church where he served as an usher.

Stephen is survived by his wife of 38 years, Roxanne; daughter, Stephanie (Ryan) Novosad; son, Matthew Kelker; three grandchildren, Sam (Alexa) Voss, Ali (Jon Nelson) Voss, Mattie Kelker; and one great-grandson, Sawyer Nelson; and two sisters, Jayne (David) Murphy, and Cris Pisula. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Patricia Fitzgerald and Lynda LeDuc.

Funeral service is 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, at D. O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road, Fort Wayne, Ind., with visitation one hour prior. Visitation also from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday Oct. 14, 2021, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church or the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 14, 2021

  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 14, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, October 15, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, October 15, 2021

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Jesse Alvarez

October 25, 2021

Steve was a wonderful guy. He was a close pal of Jim Zoch, who lived across the street. Many times I joined with these two guys and had the greatest times. Great memories of an idyllic time as young teenagers before Vietnam. I served in the Marine Corps too and I remember meeting up with Steve at Camp Pendleton in 1965. We were a long way from home and the great times. I’m so sad he is gone. Like so many of us, after high school, we all went our separate ways. but I never stopped remembering the wonderful guys I hung out with including Steve. It appears he had a great life, a beautiful family, a live well lived. RIP Steve.

Connie Banet Miller

October 11, 2021

Fond memories of Steve in our high school class. Always friendly and fun to be with. Prayers for those who loved him and will miss him.

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