Richard “Steve” Hearn, age 83, of Leesburg, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, at 7:34 p.m. in his residence.

Steve was born July 30, 1937, in Wabash, to Emera and Isabel Harrop Hearn. He was united in marriage to Delores Jones on June 19, 1965, in Leesburg.

He was a graduate of Central High School, North Manchester, and continued with his education at Purdue University in West Lafayette. In 1961, Steve earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. In 1965, he graduated from Indiana University Law School earning a doctorate of jurisprudence.

Steve served as an attorney from 1965-1973 for Reed & Hearn Law Office, Syracuse. He served two terms in the 1970’s and 1990 to 2000’s as the Kosciusko County prosecuting attorney. He was also an attorney in civil practice with the firm of Rasor, Harris, Lemon & Reed in Warsaw.

Steve was a member of the Warsaw Masonic Lodge #73, with a 32nd degree and a Scottish Rite 50-year member at Ft. Wayne Valley. Other memberships include American Power Boat Association, president and legal counsel; DU-Delta Upsilon Fraternity Purdue; and a member of the Leesburg United Methodist Church. Steve proudly served as the law clerk to the honorable Frederick E. Rakestraw for the Supreme Court of Indiana and as a sheriff of the Supreme Court.

Steve is survived by wife, Delores Hearn, Leesburg; children, Edward (Kelly) Hearn, Valparaiso; Richard (Susan) Hearn, Syracuse; Elizabeth Hearn, Turnersville, N.J.; brother, James (Verlyn) Hearn, Leesburg. In addition, Steve is survived by 11 grandchildren: Victoria (Jordan) Karow, Nashville, Tenn.; Grant and Lauren Hearn, Syracuse; Rylan and Brayden Chew, Turnersville, N.J.; Isabella Hearn, Kori Ladd, Ava Hearn, Elise Hearn and Theodore Hearn, all of Valparaiso.

A visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17 at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw.  The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 18 with a one-hour visitation prior to the service at the funeral chapel. Pastor Rob Seewald will be officiating. Interment will follow at Leesburg Cemetery, Leesburg.    

Due to current COVID-19 recommendations, masks are required. The public is kindly requested to provide their own. Social distancing is strongly encouraged.


Since Steve was the originator of the Junior Class Category, the family kindly request memorials be made to American Power Boat Association- Junior Class Fund, 17640 E. 9 Mile Rd. Eastpointe, MI 48021.

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