November 2, 1954 – January 20, 2021
Steven R. “Lake-O” Lake, 66 of Churubusco passed away on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at his residence. Steve was self-employed and very proud of his business, Great Lakes Telecom Services. He was an avid fisherman and an amazing cook. He was very dedicated to his family and friends. He loved fast cars and sailboat racing in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Steve loved taking care of his property and enjoyed gardening and planting flowers. He enjoyed live music and attending concerts. His favorite place to be was in the captain seat on the pontoon at Blue Lake.
Steve was born on November 2, 1954 in Belding, Michigan, the son of Clarence and Ada Jeanette “Peggy” (Brown) Lake.
He was united in marriage to Sandy Keplinger in 2014 in Churubusco. Sandy and his beloved Kitty Kat survive.
Additional survivors include a daughter: Stephanie (Beau) Matus of South Amherst, OH; two stepsons: Bryn Keplinger of Huntington, Isaac (Casey) Keplinger of McCordsville; two brothers: Dan (Eva) Lake of Belding, MI, Tom (Barb) Lake of Hastings, MI; and a granddaughter: Quinn Keplinger of McCordsville.
He was preceded in death by two twin sisters: Carolyn Donovan and Marilyn Robinson-Chickering.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date in Michigan.
Memorial donations can be made out to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in care of Myers Funeral Home, 2901 Guilford Street, Huntington, IN 46750.
- Sandy (Keplinger) Lake, Wife
- Stephanie (Beau) Matus, Daughter and Son-in-law
- Bryn Keplinger, Stepson
- Isaac (Casey) Keplinger, Stepson & Daughter-In-Law
- Dan (Eva) Lake, Brother and Sister-in-law
- Tom (Barb) Lake, Brother and Sister-in-law
- Quinn Keplinger, Granddaughter
- Clarence Lake, Father (deceased)
- Ada Jeanette "Peggy" (Brown) Lake, Mother (deceased)
- Carolyn Donovan and Marilyn Robinson-Chickering, Twin Sisters (deceased)
- St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Celebration of Life at a Later Date in Michigan
January 23, 2021
I knew Steve from high school until his passing. A great deal of our friendship predated the digital age of pictures, so I came up nearly empty handed when trying to find old photos of him. It was the “old days” where you had to have a camera with film. Now that I think of it, that was probably a good thing for the both of us. If you don’t walk the straight and narrow line, why have every detail of your life documented. All that knew him certainly knew that Steve (nor did I), didn’t walk that straight and narrow line. Steve knew what he wanted, and he went for it. He had some difficult times in his life and for the most part, he worked through them. He was not a saint, but he always had your back. I could trust him with anything. If he said he would do something for me, he did it.
We worked together before and when he had his own business. Steve invited me to live with him when I first got out of the military in 1991 which was enormously helpful while I tried to figure out what to do. Did I mention he was not a saint, well in 1991 he was to me. A nice place to stay, no rent, no set of rules, gave me a job, and let me stay as long as I need. Steve always had my back.
I am grateful for all that he provided me with over the years: a place to stay, work, friendship, good times, etc. I will miss him greatly.
January 23, 2021
Some memories: Cruising on a Friday night in his Sunbeam (a British sports car of the sixties). Cutting firewood on weekends to keep the house warm during the week. Eating his delicious home cooking, especially Baked Alaska. Most of all I'll remember him for his loyal friendship. Rest in Peace Lake-O.
Margaret (Byrne) Bradley
January 22, 2021
Was sorry to hear of Steve's passing. Many good memories when we lived on Merrick St in Belding, there were many kids in the neighborhood and always things to do. My sincere condolences to all the family. RIP Steve!
January 22, 2021
He made the best potato and clam soup Sandy would bring in leftover to work. RIP
January 21, 2021
Steve was one-of-a-kind and will definitely be missed! For several years at Bendix, my lunch consisted of whatever Steve had cooked for himself and Sandy the night before, and it was always delicious. I'll miss the pontoon rides with Captain Steve and buying him bridge mix as a thank you. In the summer, he would call Sandy and tell her to hurry home from work so they could take a pontoon ride.
Rest in peace Lake-O!