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Hopkins - Rector Funeral Home

4 Percy L. Julian Drive, Greencastle, IN

OBITUARY

Stephen Michael Fields

June 16, 1954March 21, 2020

"A video of the funeral service is now posted on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Hopkins-Rector-Funeral-Home-167617603248496/"

Stephen “Steve” Michael Fields, 65, of Greencastle, passed away at his home on Saturday, March 21, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

He was the son of Richard and Mary Catherine (Wilson) and Martha (Hughes) Fields and was born on June 16, 1954 in Washington, IN.

Steve covered Putnam County and West Central Indiana high school and college sports for more than 40 years, serving as sports editor for the Banner-Graphic in Greencastle for almost 20 years (1978-1986 and 1988-1999). In between stints at the Banner-Graphic, Steve worked for the Daily Journal in Franklin, the Beech Grove Weekly, the Frankfort Times, and the Crawfordsville Journal-Review. He began his journalism career with the Linton Daily Citizen in 1974. Upon leaving the Banner-Graphic in 1999, Steve became a Freelance Sportswriter and Sports Correspondent for the Terre Haute Tribune Star and also had sports articles featured in the Brazil Times.

For his extraordinary service to local community sports and athletes, Steve received two high honors from the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association: the Corky Lamm Sportswriter of the Year award in 1996 and the Ron Lemasters Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019. He served as president of the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association from 1986-1987 and 2002-2006. Other awards included the Distinguished Service Award from the Indiana High School Athletic Association in 1992 and writing commendations from the Hoosier State Press Association in 1984. He served as a manager for American Legion Baseball (1982-1985).

Besides sports writing, Steve was also Sales Manager for the Jameson Coffee in Greencastle (2006-2013),Steve served as a Greencastle City Councilman for the 3rd Ward (2015-2019) and served as part-time director of both the Putnam County P.I.E. Coalition (2002-2006) and the Putnam County Step Ahead/First Steps Council (2000-2005). He also represented Greencastle and Putnam County as a member of the Western Indiana Community Action Agency, Inc.

Steve loved to fish and root for his beloved Indiana University and St. Louis Cardinals teams. His other love, besides his family, was “covering high school sports in Putnam County”

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Monique (Lacouture) Fields, and sons, David (Jennifer) Fields of Armuchee, Georgia, and Joseph “Joe” Fields of Greencastle. He leaves two grandchildren, Hayden and Olivia Fields of Georgia; three brothers, Tim (Teresa) Fields of Gales Ferry, CT, Mark (Janis) Fields of Ledyard, CT., Jason (Lindsay) Fields of Linton, IN and a sister, Susan (Ted) Monier of Linton, IN; plus several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Putnam County P.O. Box 444 Greencastle, IN. 46135, where the family has adopted two cats in the years past.

***Due to current regulations from the State of Indiana, Mr. Fields services will be private***

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date. Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home has been entrusted with the funeral services.

Condolences may be shared with the family c/o www.Hopkins-Rector.com. A video of the funeral service is now posted on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Hopkins-Rector-Funeral-Home-167617603248496/

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  • Private Funeral Service Thursday, March 26, 2020

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Jana Brothers

March 27, 2020

What a Putnam County legacy! Steve seemed to be at every ballgame with such a calm and caring demeanor covering the facts. Years ago he wrote a very heartwarming story about a little leaguer, Billy Lanham, who had muscular dystrophy who wanted to play baseball even though he knew he was not going to score winning runs. Steve actually came to the game! A few months after the game, the little boy was confined to a wheelchair for rest of his short life, but for a brief moment, Steve made him a superstar! Steve did more than write, he inspired many people. Putnam County was truly blessed with someone so dedicated to bringing the human side of sport stories. Dearest Steve, rest in peace.

Gigi Jennewein

March 27, 2020

Dear, dear Monique and and family -

We were so saddened to hear of Steve's passing. What a wonderful man. He is one of the first people that we got know moving here nearly 30 years ago. Of course, this was because of what Bill does, but Steve cared about us beyond Bill's profession. He knew our children's names from the get-go and always asked about them. He cared about my career and kept current in my activities.

I always felt happy and calmed after running into or talking with Steve. He was so positive all the time. He brightened my day when I saw him, and continued to do so until close to the end. Just 5-6 months ago I was working on trying to control AirBnBs in our community. Steve was still my representative at the time and despite his illness he took a sincere interest in my concern and assisted in my efforts. He took my calls immediately and then followed up to see what the progress was. I was so grateful for his support.

Is unfortunate that we had to lose Steve during these unprecedented times as I know so many of use would love to have been at the funeral to celebrate his life. I hope it's a comfort to know that there are so, so many of us out here raising a glass to his immense goodness.

most sincerely and with lots of LOVE -
gigi and bill

Troy Greenlee

March 25, 2020

Steve was a great writer and an even better person. He will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him.

Paul Willhouse

March 25, 2020

It was always enjoyable to have Steve in the press box or at the scorer's table for a game. He added to the experience. It was a lot of fun talking with him, and he always had interesting stories to share. I was always impressed with his extensive knowledge of all the aspects of high school athletics. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Martha (Lacouture) Shea

March 25, 2020

Steve has been a part of my family for 35 years. He was an amazing and loving husband to my sister, Monique and my nephew, Joe. Steve also loved our family as part of his own as he was also loved by us. I have never seen such a fighter when it came to his battle with cancer; he beat the odds over and over again. I know if there was even a chance he could have gone another inning he would have. He leaves as a true champion. You will be missed. Til we meet again, God speed. Love Martha Lacouture and family.

Lisa Duckworth-Ball

March 24, 2020

Steve was an awesome guy growing up in Linton. He covered the girls sports as it had just started and he was a great writer.To be honest his nickname the girls called him was Flash Fields. Will miss him. Great memories. I appreciate the things he said about our team.

Malybu White

March 24, 2020

An important compass in your life has been lost and Rob & I send our condolences. May you all experience comfort and peace during this transition.

~Malybu

Vova Johnson

March 24, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Hold tight to good memories! Vova

John Fallis

March 24, 2020

Steve was the best small town sportswriter ever. He covered Putnam County better than any writer I have ever been associated with in any venue.

On a personal note, he was so kind and generous to our players, to me, and to my family.

He will be missed.

John

Murray and Sara Pride

March 23, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with Monique and the family. Steve was a favorite of ours. We always enjoyed his writing. He was such an asset to our community and will definitely be missed.
Murray and Sara Pride

FROM THE FAMILY