Mr. Stephen A. Ackmann

August 27, 1951June 10, 2010

Stephen A. Ackmann,58, of Indianapolis, departed this life June 10, 2010. Stephen was born August 27, 1951 in Beech Grove, Indiana to I. Kenneth and Lois (Atkinson) Ackmann. He graduated from Beech Grove High School and attended Purdue University. He was an organic chemist for Dow Agro Sciences for 34 years, where his name is attributed to 3 U.S. Patents. He was active with his children in scouting, was an avid golfer, and enjoyed the outdoors, traveling and tailgating at Purdue football games. Stephen is survived by his beloved wife of 37 years Marianne (Masters) Ackmann, children Elizabeth (Jim) Elias, John Ackmann, Allison Ackmann, sister Sue A. (Dennis) Nuhfer, grandson Nick Elias, nephews Stephen, David, Adam and Matthew Nuhfer. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, June 12, 2010 at St. Roch Catholic Church at 10 AM. Visitation will be Friday June 11 from 3 – 8 PM at Feeney-Hornak Keystone Mortuary. Memorial contributions in Stephen’s name may be made to St. Michael Catholic School 3354 W. 30th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46222 or to Lords Pantry at Anna’s House, P.O. Box 17104, Indianapolis, IN 46217. Condolences may be offered at


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Ginny Phillips

June 13, 2010

We are so sorry to hear of Steve's passing. He was one of the first friendly faces to great us many, many years ago as we joined St. Mike's parish. You and your family are in our thought and prayers, Keith and Ginny (Moran) Phillips and family

Tim & Kathy White

June 13, 2010

Kathy and I extend our prayers and most sincere condolences to you all. Steve touched so many during his life and was a special part of our marriage and family. May you receive comfort from your faith in Christ.

Jennifer (Areddy) Pinter

June 12, 2010

Elizabeth and family, I pray for you at this time of sorrow. I remember when you and Amy graduated from high school and we came to your open house. There I met your dad and I could see what a special family you had. My prayers are with you.

Sharron Sater

June 12, 2010

Dear Marianne & family, My "forever" memory of Steve goes back to seventh grade---a glimpse of a boy with cute freckles and an incredibly mischievious grin. I got to know that grin over the next six years---and whenever you saw it you knew it was going to be fun. That same grin was still there last summer at our 40th reunion---and we laughed as we parted---precious time. When my husband passed nine years ago I came across an Indian proverb..."he is not dead who lives in the hearts he left behind"...Steve will always be in may hearts...mine included. With my deepest sympathy...

Sharron Sater (McArtor) class of 69

John Felter

June 12, 2010

Dear Marianne, Elizabeth, John, and Allison,

I feel for you at the loss of Steve. I can still remember my own Jackie's kind words on Marianne. You are strong and have three wonderful children and a grandchild who will give you much support. Steve was a very Christian man and I admired him very much.

Father Jim will provide you with much support.

All our best,

John, John-Paul, Marianne, and Mollie Felter

Chris Purvis

June 12, 2010

Dear Ackmann Family - Our deepest sympathy on the loss of Stephen. We know you'll celebrate his life and the amazing impact he had on so many people. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. With love, Chris & Kim Purvis

Deborah Chitwood (McClatchey)

June 12, 2010

To Steve's family,
In school Steve was always fun to be around. In class he could be the funny guy with the humorious wise cracks.

I always admired Steve and am sorry that I could not have known him after High School. I remember that Steve was ever so intelligent and his life proved that. I never doubted he would make a contribution to life.

Sara Wuenn

June 11, 2010

Find joy and comfort in the wonderful memories you made with Steve. You are in my prayers. God Bless!
Sara (Whitcomb) Wuenn

Brent Rieder

June 11, 2010

Dear Marianne and family, I never had the pleasure of meeting you in person. But in the 34 years I worked with Steve at Lilly and Dow I often heard Steve speak of each of you, especially as the"babies" came along. Steve was incredibly well-liked by his coworkers and could always be counted on for a big "Steve" grin and a funny story. He is one of those I've especially missed in the past 3 years, and his passing leaves a huge hole for all those who enjoyed his company. I will miss seeing him at the Lilly reunions and can only imagine how difficult a time this is for all of you. Steve is one of those who definitely made the world a better place. Please accept my sincerest condolences,

Sharon Feddersen

June 11, 2010

To Steve's family- As a high school friend of Steve's he left a life long impression on me. He was honest and always real- I'll never forget the visits to the Big Boy on Madison Av in the old corvair.
I realize Steve and my daughter share the same birthday. I will remember Steve every birthday now until we say hello again. My sincerest condolences for your loss.

Sharon Feddersen(Monday)