Moeller Funeral Home
104 Roosevelt Road
Valparaiso, IN  46383
(219) 462-0535
 Kosanke Funeral Home
105 East Indiana Avenue
Kouts, IN  46347
(219) 766-2224
Wanatah Funeral Chapel
309 North Main Street
Wanatah, IN  46390
(219) 733-2313
Angelcrest Cemetery
Highway 49 and 600 North
Valparaiso, IN  46383
(219) 531-8690

Stephen Thomas Baba, Valparaiso, Indiana Gifted musician and professional candy eater, Stephen Thomas Baba died August 18, 2017 at the age of 72. Steve was a star gazer, Geode hunter and beach lover. There wasn’t an animal he wouldn’t pet, feed, or try and save. Steve was an architect of mass destruction, and a master builder of mess, especially around the house or in his garage, where his brilliant mind lead to many creative endeavors, some awesome, some requiring the fire department. He was a proud pyromaniac when given the opportunity, especially when trying to impress his grandchildren. Steve was also incredibly proud to wear his speedo bathing suit to the beach, impressing the locals with his European flare, while horrifying the rest of us. Steve also had the incredible ability to eat pounds of sugar, salt and butter, which in his later years lead to healthier eating choices like organic chocolate cake, snuck to him by Melissa Culbertson.  Steve was a graduated Ball State University with a degree in earth science and geology. He worked as a driver’s education teacher, insurance agent and most recently, Steve worked at Bridges of Indiana as a Director for many years, helping people with disabilities. Steve’s dedication and love for the people he worked with enabled him to share his genuine tender heart.  The man, the myth, the legend, known as Hadji Baba too many, left behind his devoted wife, Judith Appel; daughter, Amie Dawson (Kirk); his adoring and loving grandchildren: Sophia, Spencer, and Weston; niece, Nikki Lobeck (Doug); nephews, Jon and Jason Baba (Michelle); and great nieces, Amanda Albert Lobeck (Ben) and Ali Lobeck; as well as a great- great niece and nephews. “Stevie” also leaves his best friend “Tommy” Jerome (Rita) of 65 years, with whom they shared a special bond of love and devotion. They will both go to the grave with stories no one ever needs to hear!  Steve had too many friends and family too list, but non-to be forgotten. The family would also like to acknowledge the love and support from the Century 21 Affiliated family.  Steve is now reunited with his mother Maria, father Nick and brother Jack (Carol), which may lead to the heavens opening and dropping meteorites on our heads!
Memorial Visitation will be held Friday, August 25, 2017 from 12:00-2:00 PM at Moeller Funeral Home 104 Roosevelt Rd., Valparaiso with a Memorial Service beginning at 2:00 PM.  In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Front Porch Music Scholarship Fund in honor of Steve.

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