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February 19, 2020

12/31/2019 10:32:00 AM
Jack Steinke

Jack Steinke, 96, of Cumberland, Ky., formerly of Windom, died Dec. 7, 2019, at his home in Cumberland.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m., at LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom with Rev. Gary Wiens and Dave Sloma officiating.
Casket bearers will be Geof Johnson, Zac Walton, Jerry Bauer, Rocky Zimmer, Allen Baerg and Don Jackson.
Honorary bearers will be Harold Bauer, Jack Potter, Leon Crowell, Woody Johnson and Rodney Nickel.
Interment with full military honors provided by American Legion Post 206 of Windom will follow at Lake-view Cemetery in Windom.
Visitation will be held Saturday for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Jack Milo Steinke was born March 18, 1923, to Leo and Emma Steinke in Rembrandt, Iowa. He was raised on the family farm and attended school in Windom, graduating in 1940.
He attended welding school in Minneapolis for a short time before joining the U.S. Army Air Corp Service Squadron 348. He served in Syria, North Africa and Italy, attaining the rank of staff sergeant in his battalion, which was known as "The Desert Rats."
After returning to the U.S., he married Nancy L. Hill in Lakeland, Fla., in 1945. They met at a church youth meeting while he was stationed in Lakeland before going overseas.
They moved to Windom where he worked for building contractor Art Vold before taking over the farm from his father. Jack farmed until 2012.
Jack and Nancy spent winters at Lake Morton Apartments in Lakeland, Fla., for 30 years. He enjoyed walking around the lake and visiting flea markets, where he could add to his tool collection. He was a "jack of all trades," having taught himself plumbing, electrical wiring, carpentry, mechanics and welding.
Jack accepted Christ at a Billy Graham Crusade in Windom when he was a young man. He was baptized at First Baptist Church in Windom, where he was a member and served for a time as an usher.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy; his brother, Robert Steinke; and his sister-in-law, Dorothy Steinke.
Survivors include his daughters, Karen (Larry) Reader of Cumberland, Ky.; and Judith (David) Sloma of Sun City, Ariz.; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

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