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home : obituaries : obituaries June 24, 2016

3/13/2013 8:00:00 AM
Stephen K. Norris
May 10, 1948 - March 11, 2013

Stephen Kent Norris passed away Monday, March 11, 2013, after a year-long battle with ALS.

He was born May 10, 1948 to Wendell and Helen (Parker) Norris, in Rochester, who preceded him in death.

Steve developed a strong work ethic growing up on a dairy farm in Richland Center, with his five brothers. His love for basketball began at an early age and continued throughout his lifetime. Steve was a star basketball player for Rochester High School, earning a spot on the Indiana all-star basketball team.

He went on to play basketball at Butler University in Indianapolis, where he earned his degree in physical education and mathematics. Steve excelled during his career at Butler, playing under Tony Hinkle, who nicknamed him 'Short Spokes'. He was a two-time most valuable player for the men's basketball team. During his senior year, he was also recognized as the most outstanding student and also received the Hilton U. Brown Award. Steve was inducted into the Butler University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001, for both basketball and track and field. He was also inducted into the Rochester High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, Steve worked at the Pentagon during the Vietnam War. Following his service, Steve spent the majority of his career as a math teacher at Carmel High School, where he also coached track and field.

Steve is survived by his loving wife, Shari (Mattix) Norris; son, Brian (Caryn) Norris; and daughters Angie (Zack) Ritz, Heather (Carlo) Girolamo and Alison (Jeremy) Stevens. He is also survived by his eight grandchildren and five brothers.

Service will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Radiant Christian Life Church, Westfield.

Calling will be 5-8 p.m. Friday, March 15, 2013, at Flanner and Buchanan, Carmel.

Memorial contributions can be made to the ALS Association through their website,

Online condolences may be shared with the family at

Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, March 25, 2013
Article comment by: J. Halbert Wilson

I went to grade school with Steve at Richland Center. He and Marvin (Pete) Petersen, and I hung around together over those six years of carefree memories. He had no enemies, only many friends and admirers. He could do anything he put his mind and heart to with excellence. I knew he was destined for success even then. It seemed as though all the girls were smitten with him, but he hardly noticed and was very humble with all his achievements. I'll have to admit Pete and I were a bit envious, but . . . what could you not like about him? His family of "cool" brothers and parents with their faith in God were an inspiration to me. My family moved away in 1960 and I lost touch with a great guy. Just received the sad news as we were out of state.

Posted: Saturday, March 16, 2013
Article comment by: Paul Shirley

Steve was a childhood sports idol for all of us who shared the thrill of his senior year as a Zebra at the newly consolidated Rochester Community High School in 1965-1966. He set the bar high for sports, academic and life achievement as he encouraged each of us to reach a little higher. We were blessed to have him touch our lives as a mentor-coach in immeasurable ways. I pray for peace & WELLNESS for Steve's family, friends and loved ones. God's grace & peace...

Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013
Article comment by: Connie Sutton

I remember riding the bus with Steve and when the ice and snow would get us stuck, Steve was always one of the first to help push the bus free. He always seemed quiet and was very polite. God bless his family in their loss.

Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013
Article comment by: Bruce Lloyd

Steve Norris was not only a great individual and basketball player, but probably pound for pound the best athlete to ever walk the halls of RHS. At a mere 5'8" he not only jumped center for the B-ball team but he high jumped 6'7 3/4" amazing feat! At Richland Center my brother was on the track team with Steve...he use to tell how with 7 or 8 people they would win track events because Steve won everything....

Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Article comment by: Dick Slaybaugh

Steve was a great classmate, a great athlete , but an even greater person . I am proud to have known him and to have had him as a friend . May God bless Steve and his family .

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