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Taylor Community Remembers Dr. Scott Steckenrider

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Scott Steckenrider

Dr. Scott Steckenrider, Professor of Physics and Chair of the Department of Physics and Engineering, died Thursday, April 19, after a long illness.

He was born in Murphysboro, Illinois, the son of Marian Heacock, Hartford City, and the late John Allen Steckenrider. A graduate of Williamsville High School, Williamsville, Illinois, he continued his education, earning a BS Degree, Master's Degree, and PhD in Material Science Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. Scott married Karen Deleu on August 13, 1988 in New Jersey. He joined the Taylor faculty in the Fall of 2013.

Survivors include his wife Karen and three children: Elizabeth (Joshua) McElroy ’17, Joy ’19, and Josiah ’16 (Jennifer).

"Dr. Steckenrider was an exemplary faculty member and evidenced a deep love and commitment to Christ, the Taylor community, and his family," said Dr. Jeff Moshier, Provost of Taylor University. "While we grieve his loss, we rejoice in that he is worshiping in the presence of his Lord and Savior."

A memorial service celebrating the life and ministry of Dr. Steckenrider has been set for Sunday, April 29, 2018, at 2:30 pm, in the Euler Atrium at Taylor University.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Armes-Hunt Funeral Home and Cremation Services Jones-Smith Chapel, 259 North Main Street, Upland, Indiana 46989. Online condolences and memories can be shared at

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-14