Born May 26 1952, Steve was a lifelong resident of Indianapolis. He passed peacefully after a courageous battle with illness on December 10 2022.
Steve was well known by his nickname “Alvin” to many who enjoyed his engaging wit and inimitable way of entertaining his customers and friends. Steve had a long career in the bar and restaurant industry mostly in the Indianapolis area working in many very popular places including, Wall Street/The Exchange, Gritzbes, Dooley O’tooles, and Ike and Jonesy’s. As beverage manager at The Brickyard Crossing, Steve became well known with the Indy 500 racing community. Some may remember his establishing “The Voodoo Lounge” where golf course employees would enjoy a cold beverage at the conclusion of long busy days. He later operated his own sports bar “Alvins” where he entertained friends and patrons for many years. Following a brief hiatus, Steve went on to the Legends Club at Conseco fieldhouse. During that time, he became a regular pregame friend of Coach Bobby ‘Slick” Leonard.
Steve was a graduate of Lawrence Central High School class of 1970. Coached by the legendary Dwayne Bell, he was a star track athlete recognized by the Lawrence Journal as the LCHS 1970 athlete of the year. He went on to compete with the Indiana University track team in the high hurdles.
Like so many “Boomers”, Steve was a Rock n’ Roll audiophile with an extensive album, CD, and video collection. This became a valued pastime which gave him great enjoyment throughout his life. Interestingly, Steve was one of a few thousand who attended the now famous Beatles concert at the Coliseum during their iconic 1964 American tour. This began a lifetime of great rock concert experiences. Legendary rock bands like The Rolling Stones, The Who, Jethro Tull, Eric Clapton, Yes, The Allman Brothers and many others on that list. While at IU he was also involved in concert promotions playing a vital role in bringing in national touring bands to Bloomington.
Steve was a loving and loyal son to his parents Jewell August “Gus” and Delores Harris, who he gave great care to through their final days. He is also preceded by his sister Sylvia Harris Theil, Kring. Survivors include nieces Karen Thiel (Jim) Herkless and Carol Thiel. Notably, Steve was very close to two of his many cousins. The late Rick Ruston of Silver City NM and John (Susan) Flora of Xenia OH. These men, who many of Steve’s close friends also knew, were very important older mentors and “Big brothers” very much beloved by Steve.
Steve will be missed by many longtime friends who will smile as they recall many happier and sometimes hilarious moments with him.
Save us a seat at the bar old friend.