Steven James Matthews
Steven James Matthews, 75, Kokomo, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, at his home. He was born May 9, 1944, in Rochester, New York, the son of the late James Samuel Matthews and Sarah Alice (Sutcliffe) Matthews Leaty. On June 11, 1966, in Rochester, New York, he married his high school sweetheart, Leonore "Bunny" Tomkosky, who survives.
Steve graduated from Rush-Henrietta Central High School and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he received his bachelor's in metallurgical engineering and was a member of Sigma Chi. After working in Groton, Connecticut, as a nuclear welding engineer for General Dynamic's Electric Boat Division, he returned to RPI for a master's in materials engineering. Steven retired in 2010 from Haynes International after 40 years in the Research & Development Department, where he co-authored more than 15 technical papers and was listed as co-inventor on seven U.S. Patents. Steven was a member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, and the Knights of Columbus. While he loved the outdoors, he also enjoyed enjoyed working in the kitchen without recipes and specializing in surprisingly delicious dishes mostly using leftovers for ingredients.
Along with his wife Bunny, Steve is survived by his children, Travis (Holly) Matthews, Theresa (Kent) Vernon, and Mark (Amy) Matthews; grandchildren, Molly Matthews, Ryan Matthews, Erica Matthews, and Alina Matthews; brother, William (Darlene) Matthews; and stepmother, Shirley Matthews.
Steve was preceded in death by his parents; and stepfather, Chuck Leaty.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 23, at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 3155 S. 200 West, with the Rev. Father Matthew Arbuckle the celebrant. Burial will follow in Albright Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit with the family 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory, 1315 W. Lincoln Road, where the Rosary will be offered at 5 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made in Steve's memory to esophageal cancer research at the IU Simon Cancer Center, P.O. Box 7072, Indianapolis, IN 46207. Messages of condolence may be left online at
Published on September 19, 2019


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Charles Heckathorn
Oct 01, 2019
I am so sorry as I just discovered today that Steven had passed on 9/18/19. I was a student at IUK when I met Bunny in class, but that was 40 years ago. So sorry to hear of your loss. My Thoughts and Prayers are with Bunny and the Family during this difficult time
Mak Chochol
Sep 23, 2019
Steve was an exceptionally fine human being. He cared about his fellow workers and friends. He was always pleasure to work and be with. He was also a devoted husband and a very caring father. Nearly 40 years ago during one of our ski trips to Sugarloaf, MI Travis and Mark became ill with a fever. Worried very much about them, he wanted to go back home with them to care for them. It was very late Friday night in February. Attempts to calm him down and convince him the children will be OK failed. We dropped him off at the Grand Rapids airport where he rented a car and drove back with them in the middle of the night home so they can have a restful weekend to recover. And they did. That is the k...ind of a father he was.
I know that we all are going to miss him very much. But all we have to do is cherish the fond memories we had with him and we will always feel his presence.
May the Lord bless his soul and bless Bunny and her children and their families.
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Haynes International Retiree Breakfast Group
Sep 20, 2019
On behalf of all Steve's friends in the Haynes Monday breakfast club, our most heart-felt condolences. Steve was a wonderful friend and colleague to all of us. He left his imprint upon us all during our years together as co-workers. He was a fine and good man with a quick wit and a earnest desire to help others. We will miss him.

As Steve was the master of the limerick, here is a poem in his honor:

by Frederick Michaels

memories remain fresh
his voice echoes within
the glow of his laughter
teases a smile of our own
our lives forever altered
by the joy of knowing him
he lives on in recollection
the mark upon us indelible
Tom Rose
Sep 19, 2019
Sorry for your loss