Tricounty News

Joseph Steichen, 84

W-Steichen-JosephJoseph Steichen of Kimball died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at the Heritage House of Kimball. He was 84.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at Kimball United Methodist Church with Rev. Ken Felska officiating; Pastor Jon Albert will give the eulogy. Burial will follow at the Kimball Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Kimball and one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with Pastor Jerry Albert officiating.

Joseph Ignatius Steichen was born April 9, 1928, in Maine Prairie Township to John and Frances (Zwilling) Steichen. He lived most of his life in the Kimball area and attended school in Kimball through the eighth grade at which time he left school to work on the family farm. Joe married his neighbor, Donna Jean Weisman, Oct. 24, 1951, at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Kimball. Their union was blessed with three daughters: Joyce, Gloria and JoAnne.

Joe was drafted into the United States Army March 27, 1952, and he served in active duty until Dec. 26, 1953. He served on the front line during the Korean War from Oct. 16, 1952, until July 20, 1953; he continued his service in the Army Reserve until April 20, 1960. He received an Honorable Discharge from the United States Army as Sergeant with three Bronze Stars. 

Joe worked at the Paynesville, Kimball and Annandale creameries before accepting the job that brought the most joy to his life: he worked as a custodian for the Kimball Public Schools from Aug. 3, 1970, until Nov. 1, 1991. In his spare time, he spent countless hours making and repairing bikes for the children of Kimball. In retirement, Joe spent his time at the Kimball United Methodist Church, doing lawn care for many people, driving bus for Hendricks Bus Service, and in his garage tinkering and making beautiful wooden treasures. Joe's zest for life and genuine compassion is a rare and true gift that will be greatly missed by everyone whose life he touched.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents; wife Donna; brothers Robert, Roman and Bernard; and sisters Agnes Hentges and Helen Holt.

He is survived by his daughters Joyce (and Doug) Quast of Kimball, Gloria (and Charlie) Olson of South Haven, and JoAnne (and Chuck) Weiland of Mayer; "special sons" Trent (and Shelly) Greely of Crosby, and Ted (and Annette) Greely of St. Michael; sisters Zita Manual, Theresa (and Warren) Theisen, and Rosie Wieneke; grandchildren Robin, Aaron, Joey, Trent, Kara and Cody; and great-granddaughter Madeline.

Pallbearers will be Aaron Olson, Trent Olson, Joey Hendrickson, Cody Weiland, Trent Greely, and Brandon Bollingmo. Ted Greely will serve as an honorary pallbearer.