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 William Frederick “Bill” Steinmetz

William Frederick “Bill” Steinmetz

Birth
Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
Death 22 Mar 2011 (aged 93)
Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
Burial Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
Plot Sec: 60, Lot: 247
Memorial ID 67515880 · View Source
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Bill was the son of Alma Louise (Busse) and George P. Steinmetz. He graduated in 1936 from Shortridge High School. Bill was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity at Butler University where he received a B.S. in business administration in 1940. He served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Transportation Corps during WWII. Bill was associated with Grain Dealers Mutual, the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, Indiana Lumbermens Mutual, and the Independent Insurance Agents Association of Indiana. He was recognized for his writing and artistic skills in preparing newsletters and magazines and for his organizational skills arranging conventions, seminars and educational programs. He served as an officer and director of Indiana Farmers Mutual Insurance Group for over 25 years. In 1950 Bill married Elizabeth Joy West, who predeceased him in 1985. Together they had one daughter, Louise. Through his work, the family enjoyed many trips across North America. Their love of sailing began on Geist with the Indianapolis Sailing Club. They were founding members of the Indianapolis Cruising Club, which took them to many locales from the Florida Keys to the Greek Isles. In retirement, Bill and Joy first moved to an historic farmhouse on 30 acres near Thorntown, Indiana, then to Boynton Beach, Florida, where he furthered his interests in bird watching and environmental conservation. He was a frequent volunteer at Loxahatchie Nature Preserve. Beginning at an early age, Bill developed a lifetime love of magic which led to his becoming an outstanding magician. Over the years, "William the Wizard" performed to the delight of his audiences at many private parties. Bill was a 50-year member of All Souls Unitarian Church; 69-year member of Mystic Tie Masonic Lodge, Indianapolis Valley of Scottish Rite; Murat Shrine; Indianapolis Sailing Club; Indianapolis Cruising Club; Amos W. Butler Audubon Society; Indianapolis Junior Chamber of Commerce (retired) and Sigma Nu fraternity at Butler University. He was a past president of the Indianapolis chapter of the Society of American Magicians; a former member of the Contemporary Club, Gyro Club of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis Museum of Art where he volunteered for several years. In 1989 Bill married Charlotte Corson. They socialized with mutual friends from the bridge club to which they had belonged for many years. They enjoyed traveling, including cruises and tours on several continents. Summers at Lake James, winters in Bonita Beach, Florida, and many visits to family homes around the country filled their years together. Bill spent the past year residing at The Forum, enjoying the company of his many friends, old and new. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Charlotte Corson Steinmetz; daughter, Louise Haskett (Larry) of Indianapolis; grandsons Will (Mandy) and Tom Haskett; great-grandson, Hudson James Haskett; step-sons Tom (Barbara) Corson of Boulder, CO; Rod (Janet) Corson of Carmel, IN; step-daughter Pam (John) Freeman of Reno, NV; 14 step-grandchildren; 12 step-great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held March 30, 2011 at All Souls Unitarian Church, Indianapolis with burial in Crown Hill Cemetery. Arrangements handled by Leppert Mortuary Services, Indianapolis.


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  • Created by: Rick France
  • Added: 27 Mar 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 67515880
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Frederick “Bill” Steinmetz (11 Aug 1917–22 Mar 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 67515880, citing Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Rick France (contributor 46581221) .