Steve Ladd

Steve Ladd

A Life Well Lived!

Last Sunday morning Steve Ladd, longtime friend, client and world traveling angler passed away from a heart attack in the kitchen of our river house. In the last 25 years Steve and I fished together very often, some years as many as 50 days. Ladd was gruff and opinionated on the outside and warm and giving on the inside. He was always first to donate to causes helping the rivers he loved, the Manistee and Pere Marquette. He contributed time and money to efforts to teach people to fly fish. He worked tirelessly for Project Healing Waters, getting wounded vets on the water fly fishing.

Steve was one of the most optimistic guys you would ever encounter, he believed that the Cubs would win the World Series, that his next cast would result in a 30 inch brown and that the Republicans would someday control the White House, Senate and House. Amazing how things came true.

Steve’s presence will be missed by many of us. Brown trout however are elated the world over. Rest in peace Laddie, I hope there are great trout streams in heaven


Steve Ladd

6 replies
  1. Toni and John Orose
    Toni and John Orose says:

    So sorry for this loss Chuck. If he couldn’t have gone on the river I’m guessing your kitchen would have been his next best place. I know this is a loss to you and your whole family. Sounds like a loss to the rivers of Michigan as well. We send you our warm condolences and are happy we had a chance to meet him. John and Toni

  2. Jared Jensen
    Jared Jensen says:

    Well said, Chuck. My life will forever be enriched because of Steve. He was a teacher, a friend and a father to me for almost 30 years and through many ups and downs his love and support never wavered. He was “always in my corner”.

    Thanks for everything!



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