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Stephen Gratzer McWilliams

Stephen Gratzer McWilliams, 70, of Greenwood, died Tuesday, July 16, 2013.

Stephen was born on April 19, 1943, in Bedford, to Paul and Helen (Gratzer) McWilliams. He graduated from Brownstown High School in 1961 and was employed at AMOCO Chemicals Corp. in Seymour.

He married Judith K. Spurgeon on Sept. 9, 1964, in Brownstown.

Stephen went on to graduate from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree (1967) and master’s degree (1968) in electrical engineering, where he received honors as a distinguished student.

He taught physics at Montmorenci High School in Tippecanoe County (1967-68). Following graduation, Stephen had a successful career in electrical engineering with Arvin Industries (1968–73), RCA (1973–78) and AT&T Bell Labs (1978–99).

During his career, he was a distinguished member of the technical staff of Bell Labs and held several patents.

Stephen never met a stranger and was a practical jokester at heart, bringing joy and laughter to everyone he met.

He was a member of ARC of Johnson County, enjoyed photography and building radio-control airplanes and was an amateur radio operator.

Survivors include his wife, Judith of 48 years; a daughter, Stephanie of San Diego; two sons, Douglas of Indianapolis and Derek (Hannah) of Greenwood; and a sister, Sarah (Don) Grider of Brownstown.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A celebration of life will be from 2 to 4 p.m. July 27 at W.R. Ewing, 1105 W. Spring St., Brownstown. We encourage you to bring your favorite “Steve Stories” for group sharing, beginning promptly at 2 p.m. (or email to steve.mc.stories@gmail.com).

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Brain Tumor Association, 8550 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Suite 550, Chicago, IL 60631.

Please visit his online guest book at www.indianafuneralcare.com.

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