Stephen Jacob Strecker

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Born in Ypsilanti, Michigan on May 23, 1975

Departed on November 22, 2017 and resided in Zionsville, Indiana

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Stephen Jacob Strecker, 42, of Zionsville passed away suddenly on November 22, 2017 at his home.

Steve was born on May 23, 1975 in Ypsilanti, Michigan.  He attended South Lyon High School and went on to attend Kalamazoo College, where he played basketball for the Hornets including the Hall of Fame 1995-96 team. After college, he started his career at Wage Works where he has spent the last 20 years. He moved to Indiana in 2002 and married the love of his life, Lisa in 2003, and they started their family in 2004. He was a member of the St. Alphonsus Catholic Church. He spent much of his time coaching soccer, basketball and numerous softball teams. As a member of the Zionsville Little League Board, he helped secure the Central Region Headquarters in Zionsville. Working from home allowed him the flexibility to dedicate much of his time to his children, and he was very active in their lives. “Streck” will be remembered for his bear hugs, his infectious smile, and his ability to make people laugh.

He is survived by his wife of almost 15 years Lisa Richter; children Isabella (13), Campbell (10), Elliana “Elli” (9), and Grayson (7); parents Linda Siriani (Dennis) and Jacob Strecker (Judy Waters); siblings Jenny Thornsberry (Todd), Rachael Strecker, and Matthew Strecker (Corrina); mother-in-law Barb Richter (Gary), sister-in-law Jill DeSloover (Jamie); and step sister-in-law Jessica Larson (John); family dog Khloe, as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his beloved dog Indy.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, November 28 from 3 to 8 PM at St. Alphonsus Liguori Catholic Church, 1870 W. Oak St, Zionsville.  A Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, November 29 at 11 AM with visitation 10-11 AM at the church.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Strecker Children's College Fund, payable to Lisa Richter, BMO Bank, 1350 W. Oak St, Zionsville, IN 46077 or the Zionsville Little League Capital Campaign at


Guestbook Entries

  1. Bruce W. Buchanan November 25, 2017 at 9:43 am - Reply

    There are few things more difficult than dealing with the loss of a loved one. I am honored that you have chosen our family to care for your family during this time. Please let me know if there is more we can do to help celebrate your loved-one’s life.

    My Warmest Regards,

    Bruce W. Buchanan
    4th Generation Owner
    Since 1881

  2. Shannon Fiscus November 25, 2017 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Candle 1Sending caring thoughts & prayers ~

  3. Jennifer Dukes November 25, 2017 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    My deepest condolences to the family

  4. Renae Caldwell November 25, 2017 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    Jennifer, you and your family are in my thoughts with prayers of comfort and understanding during this most difficult time!

  5. Debra Barber November 25, 2017 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    Candle 2Deepest sympathy and condolences to the family.

  6. Debra Barber November 25, 2017 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    Deepest sympathy and condolences.

  7. Jeff McInerney and Family November 25, 2017 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    Candle 1We just received word about Steve and we are deeply sorry for your loss. I have a ton of respect for Steve and all that he has done for ZLL and in particular the softball program. He was always a person i looked forward to seeing at the field and working with as a coach. We pray that God may provide you peace and comfort in this difficult time.

  8. Angie Enlow November 25, 2017 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    Candle 2Jenny,
    You and your family are in our prayers. May you feel a sense of peace and strength knowing you will see your brother again. Comfort for you all.

  9. Katie (Rosenfeld) Keagle November 25, 2017 at 11:39 pm - Reply

    Candle 1Lisa and family,
    I am so truly sorry for your great loss. Streck was one of the most kind and genuine people I’ve ever had the privilege to have known. I will keep you all in my prayers. Though I’m not right around he corner, if there is anything I can do, please do not hesitate.

  10. Gilbert straub November 25, 2017 at 11:41 pm - Reply

    Candle 1Jenny, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I’m so sorry for your loss. Steve was an amazing person.

  11. DENNIS HARMON November 25, 2017 at 11:52 pm - Reply

    Candle 2I wish I could make it down there to pay respects to one of the nicest people I have ever known but I cannot. Actually what I truly wish is I weren’t typing this at all. I am at a loss for words. Steve has always been larger than life, in stature and personality. My heart goes out to his family and anyone affected by this sudden loss of a great person. Wishing you all peace and comfort.
    Dennis Harmon SL ’93

  12. Libby Rease November 26, 2017 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    Candle 1Please know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  13. Beth Imbuzeiro November 26, 2017 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    Candle 1Lisa and family- I’m sorry I never had the chance to meet you, but Steve was a dear friend from K College. He was the heart of a large group of friends that crossed all athletic teams, fields of study and cultural backgrounds. I know I speak for all of us when I say we are left with an immeasurable hole in our K unit, with Steve’s passing.
    I have to believe the essence of “Streck” did not change over time, but during his time at K he was many things- an athlete, a true teammate, a cheerleader for other teams, a social butterfly who loved music and dancing, an accomplished student and leader, a guy who enjoyed The Jungle Book and didn’t mind being called Baloo. Beyond all he was Joy. He was smiles, happiness, fun, support and positivity. Joy.
    The last time I saw Steve in person was at my wedding many years ago. How appropriate that all of my photos of Steve that day capture his wonderful spirit- dancing, singing and making sure everyone with him was having a great time. True Streck.
    Please know we are grieving with you, and sending much love to you and your children from near and far. Our hearts are broken, but at the same time our hearts are full with our fortune to have known Steve and all the wonderful he brought to our worlds.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Beth (Burgess) Imbuzeiro

  14. Brian Abela November 26, 2017 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    My deepest sympathies to Steve’s family. Steve was a great friend and person, and always a lot of fun to spend time with. I’m glad we were able to stay in contact over the years. I’ll miss you my friend.

  15. Laurie Forrest Heffron November 26, 2017 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    Candle 1Strecker family, you have deepest sympathies from the Heffron family! I have a clear vision of Steve playing basketball in the cul-de-sac in South Lyon! So many years have passed, yet old connections still survive! Please tell your mom and dad and siblings that our hearts are heavy and we offer our most sincere condolences! God bless!

  16. Mr.&Mrs. C Calka November 26, 2017 at 9:31 pm - Reply

    Candle 2On behalf of the Calka family we would like to express our most sincere sorrow in the loss of such a dear man as Steve. We knew Steve and his wonderful family back in his high school years. Steve was a fun loving wonderful young man. My son Jason and Steve were good friends back in the day and would spend time at our home. Steve was always the perfect gentleman and had such a great sense of humor .We will miss him and wish only the best for his family. May God Bless the family and may Steve rest in peace you will be missed …..

  17. Brad Burk and Family November 26, 2017 at 11:25 pm - Reply

    Candle 1So very sorry for your loss: our sincere condolences. As a newer ZLL Board member, I didn’t have the chance to know Steve as I would have liked. From what I do know, and have read, Steve was the genuine article: passionate, committed, gracious. He certainly made a difference in the lives of those he touched and will be missed. May God bless and keep you. Prayers –

  18. The Rottmanns November 27, 2017 at 7:54 am - Reply

    Your family is in our prayers. We met Steve through my daughter’s softball and he was a great man. Always so friendly and caring. He did wonders for the softball program. We will miss him at the park and Zwest activities.

  19. Tim Ottinger November 27, 2017 at 8:43 am - Reply

    Candle 1I didn’t know Steve personally but am so saddened to hear of his passing. Please know Steve, Lisa and the entire family was lifted in prayer at Salem Church on Sunday. The only words I know at this time are “In dying we are born into eternal life”. Amen.

  20. Gwen Bryant November 27, 2017 at 10:17 am - Reply

    Candle 2Steve was a great guy, we worked together in Troy, MI and at WageWorks for 20 years; my deepest condolences are with the family, may God comfort you at this difficult time. 1 Thessalonians 4: 17,18.

  21. Cassie Cogburn November 27, 2017 at 10:35 am - Reply

    Candle 7Mrs. Thronsberry,
    Your Crayton family is thinking of you and your family during this unexpected loss. Thoughts and prayers are being sent your way!

  22. Brett & Kerrie Franzen & Family November 27, 2017 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    Candle 1Lisa & Family-

    Thinking of you in these difficult times and sending you love.

  23. Pam Lore November 27, 2017 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    Candle 5Lisa and family,
    So very sorry for your loss. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  24. Edgar Montes November 27, 2017 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    Candle 1Steve was a outstanding employee and great friend to many. It was a privilege to work with him and an honor to personally have known him. On behalf of his WageWorks family, we offer our deepest condolences and hope the entire family will soon find peace.

  25. Susan Mazur November 27, 2017 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    Candle 1Jennifer and family–
    I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know that your friends are praying for you. I hope that your memories comfort you and your faith sustains you.

  26. Margie Schingle November 27, 2017 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    Candle 1I am so saddened to hear of Steve’s sudden death, I was on a call with him Tuesday. Though I had only met him once, we worked on several projects together, and he talked about his family often. He was a very kind man, always willing to help out as much as possible. My deepest condolences and prayers with Lisa and the family. He will be missed.

  27. John Robbins November 27, 2017 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    Steve was a great man. I had the good fortune working with him through our business relationship. But, I also had the opportunity to catch a glimpse of who he was outside the scope of work when we met at conferences. In our various conversations it became clear to me that Steve was a person that valued others and their opinions, was kind and patient, and was direct but understanding. I saw that he had a strong work ethic that I’m sure transcended work. He was a man of high integrity. A servant leader.

    I have heard many of the employees here express how sad they were and how much they truly appreciated knowing and working with him. Please know that his friends at DataPath mourn with the family and are praying for God’s peace to fill your hearts and minds.

    “Eternal rest grant to him, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen”

  28. Michael Rinebold November 27, 2017 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    Candle 1Dear Lisa, Family and Friends,

    You are in our family’s thoughts and prayers. I am better for having served with Steve on the ZLL Board, Zionsville Local Organizing Committee and first coming to know him through a couple guest appearances at the Phoenix golf outing where he accepted an outsider as if I had ontime played on his Hall of Fame team.

    Words will never replace what he meant to your family, friends and Zionsville Community.

    I am so sorry for your loss.

    With peace and love,

    The Rinebold Family
    Michael, Jojo, AJ and Jackson

  29. Kristen Smith November 27, 2017 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    Candle 2My heart is broken for all who knew and loved Steve. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and his many friends as you process the untimely death of an incredible man.

  30. Chris and Shawna Lake November 27, 2017 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    Candle 1Our thoughts and prayers will be with your family in this difficult time. Steve had an enormous impact on this community and will be deeply missed. The congregation of Eagle Church also prayed Sunday over Steve, the family, friends, and congregation of St. Al’s.

  31. Jennifer McLelland (Jenny My) November 27, 2017 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    I met Streck after college when my good friend Kelly connected me to her group of K friends. I am so lucky to have great memories with Steve and that group. I will remember his hugs, his infectious smile, and his dance moves bopping around the floor.

    I haven’t seen Streck in years, but when I heard the news my heart broke. The world lost a good guy. Prayers to his family. Hopefully, in the sadness there are smiles knowing how many people loved Steve and how many people he touched along the way. Big hugs.

    Jenny my

  32. Amy Lichtenberg November 28, 2017 at 11:55 am - Reply

    Candle 2I had the privilege to work with Steve several times in the last 11 years at WageWorks. He was always kind, compassionate and had a great sense of humor. I always appreciated that he could explain the most technical things in the most common terms so that they could be understood by all. He was a beacon of servant leadership–always helping others whenever he was able. It was always great to see him when he visited the Wisconsin office, and I know he was liked by so many. He will be missed.

    Wishing you strength, warm memories and peace in the days ahead.

  33. Kris Saunders November 28, 2017 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    Steve is one of the finest men I’ve known. Working with Steve for the past almost nine years was a privilege. I could always count on him to balance my sometimes crazy ideas with logic and sensibility, without laughing (too hard) at me. We had a great team and he was a true setvant leader.

    Steve, I will miss you so very much.

  34. Stacey Behrens November 28, 2017 at 7:02 pm - Reply

    Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. Please know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  35. Jody Camis November 28, 2017 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    To all the Streckers: Steve and your family were a steady presence in my childhood. At baseball games, school events and even during neighborhood shenanigans. Steve and Jason had a friendship that lasted over decades and he was always kind to me as a “little sister.” My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you during this difficult time.

  36. Cheryl Gardner November 28, 2017 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    Candle 2Lisa and family,
    We are holding you tight in our hearts and prayers during this very difficult time. I just spoke with Steve on my front porch on Halloween. He told me about your new puppy and we reminisced about sweet Indy. He and his smile will be greatly missed by many.
    Sending up prayers for comfort and peace for you all.

  37. Emily Bruin November 28, 2017 at 11:11 pm - Reply

    My heart breaks for you all. I feel forever blessed that Steve welcomed me in with open arms to help out Isabella’s 12u team this past summer and gave me the privelege of giving all of his daughters hitting lessons. Over the short time that I grew to know Steve, it was clear that he was an incredible coach, father, husband, and friend. His love and passion for all of his players, fellow coaches, and the game of softball will be something I never forget. Sending my thoughts and prayers.

  38. Michelle Middlestead November 29, 2017 at 12:29 am - Reply

    Candle 1My deepest condolences on the passing of a great man. I had the honor of working with Steve for my entire 20 years at the same company. He was a great co-worker, friend and inspiration to all that met him. Prayers of strength and comfort to all his family and friends….

  39. Ryan Collins November 29, 2017 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    I’m so grateful to have had the chance to attend the services yesterday and today. I can’t imagine the loss that the Strecker family must feel. Steve left an impression on everyone he met, and every life he touched. Today I was able to see the incredible impact Steve has had on his community of Zionsville. It was wonderful to see his family, to see how much he was loved, and to see how much he loved all of them. Steve was a wonderful friend to many, and I am very fortunate to remember him as one of my best…

  40. Campbell Strecker November 29, 2017 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    Candle 1Miss you Daddy, Love Campbell

  41. Sue Krauss December 1, 2017 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    Candle 1My deepest sympathies to Lisa, Isabella, Campbell, Elli and Grayson for your loss. I had the privilege of working with Steve the last couple of years. Steve once told me he felt lucky to have us join his team. In actuality we were the lucky ones. He led by example, was kind and compassionate as well as passionate about his job and always giving of his time to others. While we all worked remotely from each other, you could always tell Steve was smiling when he spoke with you on the phone. Steve was one of a kind and will be sorely missed.

  42. paul and chris serefine December 3, 2017 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    Candle 1We’re thinking of you often and hoping you find peace and serenity in your lives. The service for Steve was a beautiful testament to the man he was and the impact he had on the lives of others. We’re honored to have called him “friend”.

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