The Tipmont REMC family was deeply saddened by the loss of Steve Furniss on March 9, 2016 following a brief battle with cancer.
Steve graduated from Blackford County High School in 1972 and A.L.B.A.T. Climbing School in Kokomo. He worked for Tipmont since 1991 as a Journeyman Lineman, Foreman, Line Crew Superintendent and currently held the position of Safety Director.
“I worked with Steve for 25 years. Steve’s stewardship and service always stood out to me. He really took the time to nurture and develop the younger line workers,” said Tipmont Operations Manager Scot Price.
“He also had a passion for community service. He built Tipmont’s Live Line Demo program from the ground up and was always willing to speak at any community event about electrical safety. It was one of his life’s passions and our communities are better for it.”
Steve is survived by his wife of 42 years, Mary, his four children and four grandchildren. Those wishing may contribute to United Way of Greater Lafayette or Right to Life in Steve's memory.
Rob Ford is Tipmont and Wintek's communication director, a role he's held since 2015.
Rob has a bachelor's and a master's in Communication from Purdue University. He lives in West Lafayette with his wife and three children and has a life-sized Yoda statue in his office. Away from the office, you’ll find Rob working on his golf swing, jump shot, or hope for a Purdue basketball national title – all futile endeavors.