Joe Steichen - Hometown Heroes, a new feature of the Tri-County News

Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
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Joseph Steichen was born in Maine Prairie Township April 9, 1928, and attended school through eighth grade, at which time he was needed at home to help run the family farm. He met and married Donna Jean Weisman Oct. 20, 1951. Joe and Donna raised three daughters in Kimball. They now have four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Joe served on the front line in the Korean War from 1952 to 1953, at which time he was honorably discharged.

During his time in Korea, Joe was awarded the following medals: Combat Infantry Badge, Korean Service Medal With Three Bronze Service Stars, Good Conduct Medal, United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Medal.

He owned and operated his own milk truck business, starting with bulk tank, can route, and then door-to-door delivery. Aug. 3, 1970, he started working for Kimball Public Schools as custodian and then as head custodian until his retirement Nov. 1, 1991.

Joe was very active in the Kimball community, serving on the city council and as mayor of Kimball. He was also a very faithful man and served as maintenance in his local church (Kimball United Methodist), took care of the church and parsonage lawns, served on the church board and did numerous other duties out of the kindness of his heart. He was always proud to call Kimball his hometown.

Joe's hobbies varied over the years ... making bicycles, fixing and restoring old lawn mowers, wood working, and fixing whatever anyone presented to him.

Because of an unexpected medical tragedy that caused a traumatic brain injury, Joe is now a resident of Heritage House of Kimball. Joe touched many lives over the years, and always wore a smile and was willing to talk to anyone. Please stop by to visit with him at any time.