Stephen Jackson Dysert, 80, passed away at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Ind., on Tuesday, June 15, after a brief illness. The son of M. Robert and Freda (Mullinix) Dysert, Steve is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Sheryl (Peggs); two daughters: Diane (Mark) Becken of Ashland, Va., and Renee Peggs of South Bend; one son: Robert (Colleen) Dysert of Marietta, Ga.; and five grandchildren: Patrick Monnier and Joseph Peggs of South Bend; Kevin, Kyle, and Katelyn Dysert of Marietta.
Born July 25, 1940, in Indianapolis and growing up in Johnson County, Steve attended Pine Village High School in Warren County before attending Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind. After two years, he transferred to Butler University in Indianapolis where he earned a B.S. in pharmacy in 1963. Over the years, Steve held management positions with many pharmacies, including Osco, Hook's, Revco, Kroger, and independents. He was known for prioritizing his customers' price points over corporate profit and folks would drive far out of their way so Steve could take care of their medicinal needs.
He was an avid bird-watcher, crossword puzzler, genealogist, and reader, and also spent many hours caring for the yard and flowers. There was nothing he couldn't fix, learn, or build and he was always willing to lend a hand or a tool.