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Stephen J. Tansy

August 27, 1941 — August 30, 2016

Stephen J. Tansy, 75 of Tipton died at 9:10 p.m. on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. He was born in Elwood on August 27, 1941 to Orval "Pat" & Leona M. (Thornton) Tansy. He married Judith A. Henry on December 31, 1960 and she survives.

Steve had worked at Perfect Circle and then was a self-employed producer of auto shows and a producer of custom cars. He enjoyed restoring antique and classic cars. He was a member of the International Show Car Association, NHRA and St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.

Steve competed in the NHRA Funny Car division from 1971 – 75. He was the 1975 "Show Car Producer of the Year" for the International Show Car Association and Hot Rod Magazine presented him with the "Top Ten" street rod award for his state of the art 1915 Center Door "T" in 1979. Steve received three Lifetime Achievement awards from Championship Auto Shows, Chattanooga Auto Shows and CCR (Classic Car Revival).

Survivors besides his wife Judy include one son, Scott Tansy and wife Cathy, and one daughter, Diana Heard and husband Jeff, all of Tipton; one sister, Caroline Kincaid and husband Raymond, Noblesville; three grandchildren, Jacob Heard and wife Taylor, Evan Tansy and Grant Tansy and two great-grandchildren, Henry Heard and Pippa Heard.

Steve's funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 3 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church with Rev. Dennis Goth presiding. Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Friday at Young-Nichols Funeral Home with a Rosary Service at 3:00.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, Illinois, 60674, or to the charity of the donor's choice.

Steve's friends are invited to drive their classic cars to the visitation and funeral.

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