Steven  Lethwaite

Obituary of Steven Frank Lethwaite

Steven (Steve) Frank Lethwaite, age 65, passed away on November 1, 2020 in Arizona due to complications from COPD, after spending some time with his aging mother. Steve was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana to William Lethwaite, who was a retired Postal worker, deceased, and his mother Carol Pettyjohn, who currently resides in Arizona. Steve grew up in the Fort Wayne, Indiana area and graduated from Fort Wayne Concordia High School.


Steve was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He had three children, two sons and one daughter. His daughter, Heather, passed away after losing a battle with Leukemia at the young age of 18, which broke his heart.


He is survived by his mother Carol, in Arizona, his former wife, Sue Gates, his son Joshua, a granite fabricator at Legends Granite, his son Chad, a heavy equipment mechanic for the Union Pacific Railroad, in Florrisant, Colorado, and his girlfriend Karen Clark, in New Haven, Indiana.


Steve’s son Joshua has two sons, Cody and Cooper. Steve’s son Chad has a daughter, Kylie, and  a son, Konner. They are the only known surviving Lethwaites.


Steve loved nature, loved to travel, spending time in California, but spent most of his life in Fort Wayne, Indiana, for a while in Florrisant and Woodland Park, Colorado, and later in New Haven, Indiana.


Steve, or Stevo, as he referred to himself, was super-funny and really silly. Every time I was around him he would be cracking jokes. He had this way of looking at you with this sexy, silly, one eyebrow raised grin and saying something sarcastic, silly or stupid. It was kind of a cross between Lloyd Bridges saying he picked the wrong week to stop doing whatever in Airplane 2, and John Belushi right before he grabbed the kid’s guitar and broke it on the staircase in Animal House, but so uniquely Stevo. He always made us chuckle until our stomach jiggled.


He was intricately serious, though, when it came to his music. Steve was a very talented and a well-respected artist, singer, songwriter, and guitarist, an especially fantastic bass guitarist. Like Pee-wee Hill, Steve could lay down thump and slap Funk. Man, Steve knew how to make that bass guitar talk! Steve played in numerous bands in the Fort Wayne area, including Sircus and Montage.


Steve always had an encouraging word and spoke well of all of his friends and fellow musicians that he would be around. He was quiet, subtle, but touched the hearts of everyone that knew and loved him in many ways.


Steve wrote a song, Sunset Celebration, once upon a time, looking out over the ocean in Venice Beach California. The chorus went:


No one can appreciate the magic given them,

They take for granted all they have, ‘til it’s gone for good.

Take a little moment out, and, give yourself a break.

It’s never ever too late, I think it’s gonna be a good one, Oh.


Who-oh-oh-oh, the magic given them,

They take for granted all they have, ‘til it’s gone for good.

Take a little moment out, and, give yourself a break.

It’s never ever too late, It’s turning out to really be a good one.


I loved Steve, and like so many others I have been in touch with and have reached out to me since his passing, losing him brings tears to our eyes, but the fond and funny memories of him will live on forever in our hearts and minds.


I can hear your song “Sunset Celebration”, playing in my head as I think of you soaring with the angels to be reunited with your daughter in the sky.


Rest in Peace, my brother.


Written by John Welty.

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