The Honorable Wayne A. Sturtevant

March 31, 1951October 15, 2020

The Honorable Wayne Alan Sturtevant passed away peacefully from lung cancer on Thursday, October 15th, 2020, in his home surrounded by family, friends, and his Alaskan Malamutes.

Wayne was born in Sparkill, New York on March 31st, 1951 to Pearl and Stanley Sturtevant. After graduating from Valley Central High School in Montgomery, New York in 1969, Wayne attended Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana and was member of Phi Kappa Psi. He graduated from Butler with a B.A. degree in History/Political Science in 1973.

In 1975, Wayne married Betty Jean Jones. After graduating with honors from Indiana University School of Law in 1977, Wayne opened a private practice in Zionsville, Indiana, but soon thereafter joined the Boone County Prosecutor’s Office. Wayne eventually became Chief Deputy Prosecutor for Hamilton County. In 1997, Wayne won the election as Hamilton County Judge for Superior Court No. 5 and was re-elected until his retirement in 2018. As a judge, Wayne was committed to justice and was instrumental in Stakeholders of Hamilton County’s Criminal Justice system adopting evidence-based decision making. He was also the driving force in implementing the Pretrial Release Program which successfully allowed for low risk offenders to be released without bail.

Wayne’s passion for coaching, mentorship, and his three daughters led him to co-found the girls division of the Fishers Youth Soccer League. He coached his daughters in both soccer and basketball through their careers. He continued coaching girls basketball throughout his life which kept him connected to the community and allowed him to touch the hearts and lives of countless people where he never missed an opportunity to give encouragement.

Wayne was an explorer. He loved discovering new parts of his community on daily walks, hiking adventures through National and State parks including the Appalachian Trail, biking with his family and friends, white water kayaking, and many memorable canoe trips. He also enjoyed connecting the past with the present, never missing the opportunity to visit museums, battlefields or historical markers.

He will be missed by many, but especially his family; wife Betty Jean Sturtevant; daughters Allison Sturtevant and husband Ammon Fillmore with granddaughters, Adeline and Ainsley; Darby Sturtevant Hunter and husband Sam Hunter with granddaughters Coralyn and Mirielle; daughter Lauren Sturtevant and fiancé Justeen Koehler, as well as his brother George Sturtevant and wife CJ Sturtevant.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations go to supporting the local community either through the Mudsock Youth Athletics (please add a note stating the gift is in memory of Wayne) or Simon Cancer Society at (Please specify “Lung Cancer Research Fund”).

In an effort to protect family, friends and the community he loved against COVID-19, the remembrance and celebration of Wayne’s life will be postponed. Details will be provided as they become available. In the meantime, please leave online condolences and share memories at

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Sonia Leerkamp

November 23, 2020

I first met Wayne when we were hired as deputy prosecutors in Hamilton County. He was hired about 6 months after me and we shared a caseload on County Court. Wayne was an incredible partner to serve with and the kind of friend who never pried but knew when to be there. I was privileged to work with him until he became a judge and over the years we went through so many situations where his knowledge, integrity, sensitivity and professionalism were a guiding force to me and others. I will carry the fond memories of having known him in my heart forever.

Robbie Weber

November 2, 2020

It is difficult to put into words how Wayne made an impact on our family which is why it has taken a while to add a comment.
It wasn’t all about the coaching and teaching the sports our kids loved to play. He always showed such a genuine interest in everyone, which is what made him such a great person. You knew he made an impact on so many of the girls he coached because of the smiles and hugs exchanged when they saw him.
Wayne was a great person, coach, friend. He will be missed but forever remembered. Arlene and I could never thank him enough for the impact he made on our family, which is why he will always be in our hearts.

Richard Long

November 1, 2020

My condolences to this wonderful family .
I Did this wonderful hike with Wayne up Mt Beacon and we talked Basketball and raising children .
I Actually met someone in NYC after The Hamilton play who was from Indiana and I mentioned the area I visited , and that was were they were from and they knew Of Honorable Judge Wayne Sturtevant .

Merl Sorensen

October 31, 2020

46 years ago a young Butler law student walked into my Indy office. I figured it was Huck Finn until I saw he wore shoes, no corncob pipe or straw hat. But his name was Wayne and so started our relationship. Wayne my friend, you sure as hell made the most of the time God gave you here both personally and professionally. You'll be sadly missed of course by your wonderful family as well as your many friends. Personally it's been not only a pleasure but a privilege knowing you and you'll always be in my thoughts.
Vaya con Dios mi Amigo,

Mariann Davis

October 26, 2020

To one of the kindest persons I have met…Well, I knew you had to be after meeting and then knowing your wonderful, fun, smart, generous daughter, Allison.

The Apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree and in this case it was hanging on by a thread revealing superb DNA.

I know your joyful, adventurous legacy will manifest throughout your beautiful family… and, as one of only a few seniors in your kayaking “Karass,” I could proudly say: you really kicked _ _ S.

So the next time I paddle a river with a few riffles—and maybe even a Class I—I will dedicate the experience to the memory of you and your adventurous and generous life.

Thank you for this memory.
Mariann Davis

Andrew Tebbe

October 25, 2020

Wayne helped Rob Weber coach an AAU girls basketball team that our daughter, Chesney, played on. My wife, Lori, also helped coach this team as well. Wayne was such a joy to have on the bench coaching and mentoring our daughter. His quick wit and demeanor was perfect for young girls. He knew how to encourage and raise the level of play with positivity. My wife respected Wayne with all her heart both with his knowledge of basketball and his servant attitude to give back to young kids. Chesney loved coach Wayne and his mentorship helped grow her love for the game of basketball. Our family was blessed to have Wayne be a part of Chesney's development as both an athlete and a young lady.

Paul McGriff

October 23, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. I had the honor of working for Judge Sturtevant for 20 years (as a probation officer). I will always remember how he treated people with dignity and respect. It was obvious that he was the most intelligent person in the room, but it was his humanity that always shined the most. I will remember bringing my two boys into the Courthouse for several years on Halloween and Judge Sturtevant always took the time to talk to them and made sure that they got the "good" candy. He will be missed!

April Ricks

October 22, 2020

For Jeannie, Allison, Darby, and Lauren,
We are sending our long-distance love and support. We are grateful that Wayne's influence will continue through to his precious grandchildren, as every opportunity is taken to share his amazing life with them. His positive impact will carry forward. His smile is still with us.
with our love and tender condolences for your deep sorrow,
April and Paul

Mary Dolan

October 22, 2020

Jeannie, We are so very sorry to hear of Wayne’s passing. Sending caring thoughts and love. Mary & Brian Dolan

Lori Ketner

October 22, 2020

Wayne Sturtevant's staff in Hamilton Superior Court 5 is devastated by the loss of our beloved former judge. He was a mentor, teacher, and friend to us all. We loved Wayne and were so very proud to work for him. His name will forever be linked to integrity, humility, grace, and brilliance. Our lives are so much richer for having known him. And we thank him for putting up with us.

From Tina, Helen, Mary, Lori, Cindy and Jennifer


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