Eugene A. “Gene” Steinke, 75

Eugene A. “Gene” Steinke, 75, of Wapakoneta, died at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, 2012, at his residence surrounded by his family.
He was born May 2, 1936, in Auglaize County, the son of Cecelia (Frankenburg) and Ferd Steinke, who preceded him in death. On Oct. 17, 1959, he married Alice J. Fortkamp, and she survives.
Also surviving are three sons, Dale A. Steinke, of Wapakoneta, Randy (Kelly) Steinke, of Bradenton, Fla., and Ernie (Barbie) Steinke, of Wapakoneta; a daughter, Sharon (Dave) Lautzenheiser, of Wapakoneta; nine grandchildren, John Steinke, Amy Lautzenheiser, Ashley Lautzenheiser, Paul Steinke, Eric Steinke, Elizabeth Steinke, Alec Steinke, Amanda Steinke, and Ashlyn Steinke; three brothers, Leo Steinke, of Sidney, Albin Steinke, of Fryburg, and Donald Steinke, of Sidney; and two sisters, Fredonia Staley, of Sidney, and Virginia (Dick) Burden, of Botkins.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Martha Holthaus and Dolores Schaub, and two infant siblings.
Gene worked 25 years with Stinebaugh Construction Co. and 17 years with Steinke Concrete Co., both of Wapakoneta. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wapakoneta. His other memberships included the Knights of Columbus Council 1272, and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Aerie 691, both of Wapakoneta. He enjoyed pitching horseshoes, and participated in several tournaments and leagues. His other hobbies included bowling, dancing, playing cards, and having a good time. He was an avid fan the Cincinnati Reds, the Cincinnati Bengals, and The Ohio State University Buckeyes.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the St. Joseph Catholic Church, in Wapakoneta, with thee Rev. Patrick Sloneker officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery in Wapakoneta.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, St. Rt. 501, Wapakoneta.
Contributions may be directed to St. Joseph Catholic Church Renovation Fund or St. Rita’s Hospice.
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