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Funeral Friday for former IPAC leader

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The funeral for Stephen Johnson, the attorney who led the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council for nearly 15 years, will be held Friday in Indianapolis.

Johnson died unexpectedly Sunday at the age of 66. He served as executive director of IPAC from 1997 to 2011. He joined the organization in 1973 as a research director shortly after graduating from Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

Before attending law school, Johnson received a bachelor’s degree in zoology in 1970 from Michigan State University.  

He served on several legislative committees, educated and mentored prosecutors, and helped rewrite the Indiana penal code. One of his most significant achievements was to help implement a statewide computer system linking state and local offices in the criminal justice system.

In 2011, Gov. Mitch Daniels recognized Johnson as a Distinguished Hoosier. He also has been recognized by the Indiana Supreme Court for his years in service and, in 1998, was honored with the Eugene “Shine” Feller Award, given by Indiana’s prosecutors to those with distinguished service in their field.

Johnson is survived by his wife, Susie Johnson; children, Brian (Elizabeth) Johnson, Glenn (Leigh Anne) Johnson, Marni (Craig) Steinfort, and Matt Johnson; grandchildren, Elyse, Christopher, Caroline, Rachel, Luke, Nicholas, Alexander and Keira; sister, Janice Johnson; and aunt, Audree Wentworth.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at G.H. Hermann Madison Avenue Funeral Home, 5141 Madison Ave., Indianapolis, and from 10 to 11 a.m. at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 445 E. Stop 11 Road, Indianapolis.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the church, with burial at Maple Hill Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Resurrection Lutheran Church.
 

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