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William Steinbach

Published On: Jan 15 2013 05:57:07 AM CST

MIDDLETON- William “Bill” J. Steinbach, only son of Clement A. and Helen L. Steinbach died on January 11th, 2013. Bill was born in Columbus , Wisconsin on March 16, 1936. He lived on a large farm complex, which today is called Fountain Prairie Inn and Farms. At age 5 when his family moved to a smaller farm, he enjoyed the friendship of two close cousins, Russell and Shirley Huebner. He shared his childhood with them until age 10 when his family moved to Cuba City. He Graduated from Cuba City High School where he excelled in team sports. He had a passion for baseball, basketball, and football. As a senior, Bill led the Southwestern Athletic Conference in Basketball scoring and was also named the season MVP.

The proudest day of Bill’s life was marrying Shirley M. Kellogg in Mt. Horeb, WI on December 28th, 1957. They were lovingly married for 55 years and created so many meaningful memories together. These moments in time will continue to live on .

Bill’s joy was watching his two sons, James and Jonathan, grow through their youth, high school and college. Additionally, camping, team sports, viewing sporting events, and vacationing with his family and friends created further treasures in his life. After their home once again became two, Shirley and Bill made eight trips to Europe, four to Hawaii, and traveled extensively throughout the US. Added to all these wonderful years was daughter in-law Janette, Grandson Zachary (Jim) and daughter in-law Annette, granddaughter Brittany (Jon) whom he loved dearly.

An annual highlight for Bill was his twenty-five consecutive years of attending the NCAA Final Four basketball tournament. This time each year allowed him to share time with his sons and an established group of friends who shared a special camaraderie for the sport.

Bill worked for 12 years at the White Grocery (Madison) with his parents, and then went on to become an innovator in home health care for 30 years. During this same time, Bill enjoyed working with and leading as Cub-Master, “Pack 8”, at Crestwood Elementary School which had a membership of at least 100 boys during each of his 7 years. Coaching youth sports was also a passion for Bill during this time.

In addition to immediate family, Bill also leaves behind in-laws and nieces/nephews: Ken and Linda Kellogg-daughter Penny Armagost (husband Chris and son Logan), Ron and Bonny Kellogg-daughter Lezlee Collier (son Jacob) and son Douglas Kellogg.

Many longstanding friendships were cultivated throughout his life. Bill’s wishes were to acknowledge those of you who had touched him in so many ways.

Memorial services will be held at ST. LUKE’S LUTHERAN CHURCH, 7337 Hubbard Ave, Middleton, at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, with the Rev. Heather Lampert presiding. Burial will be private. Visitation will be held at GUNDERSON WEST FUNERAL HOME, 7435 University Ave., Middleton, from 4 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 and also at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers, Bill has expressed his wishes for memorial donations to be made out to Saint Luke’s Lutheran Church Foundation (www.stlukes-elca.org).
Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com
Gunderson West
Funeral & Cremation Care
7435 University Ave.
(608)831-6761

Memorials:
In lieu of flowers, Bill has expressed his wishes for memorial donations to be made out to Saint Luke’s Lutheran Church Foundation (www.stlukes-elca.org).

Visitation:
4:00 pm to 6:30 pm on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at Gunderson West Funeral & Cremation Care 7435 University Ave Middleton WI 53562 (map/driving directions)

10:00 am to 11:00 am on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at St. Luke's Lutheran Church 7337 Hubbard Ave Middleton WI 53562 (map/driving directions)

Service:
11:00 am to 12:00 pm on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at St. Luke's Lutheran Church 7337 Hubbard Ave Middleton WI 53562 (map/driving directions)

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