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Melvin C. Steinkuhler

Monday, January 16, 2006

Melvin C. Steinkuhler, 91, of rural Sweet Springs, died Friday, Jan. 13, 2006, at the Lutheran Nursing Home in Concordia.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sweet Springs. Rev. Douglas A. Dubisar will officiate. Pallbearers will be Tim Clemens, Tyler Clemens, Joe Steinkuhler, Jonathan Ballenger, David Soetaert and Carl R. Colson. Honorary pallbearers will be Junior and Sylvia Henley, Alvin and Selma Oetting and Doug and Jo Ann Messer. Friends may call after 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, and visitation will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Sweet Springs. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Sweet Springs. Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church Broadcast or Immanuel Lutheran Church Ladies Aid.

Born Oct. 17, 1914, in Saline County, he was the son of the late Leo Steinkuhler and Emma Militzer Steinkuhler. On March 14, 1937, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sweet Springs, he married Erna Bodenstab, who preceded him in death May 17, 2005. He had lived in rural Sweet Springs his entire life and was a 1934 graduate of Sweet Springs High School. He was a farmer and had worked for Ficken Vault Company, which is now known as Saline Vault Company, for many years. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sweet Springs, where he was a member of the Men's Club, had been an elder and served on various boards.

Survivors include one daughter, Betty Clemens and of rural Marshall; one son, Jerry Steinkuhler of rural Concordia; one sister, Wilda Steinkuhler of Brunswick, Maine; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Myrna Loy Steinkuhler; one brother, Edward Steinkuhler; and one sister, Ver Nell Henley.