James R. VanSteenburgh, 66, of Sweet Springs, died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010, at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010, at First Baptist Church in Sweet Springs, with Rev. Gene Smith and William W. Harlow officiating. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church. Burial with military rites will be in Houstonia Cemetery. Memorials may be made to family choice in care of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home. Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com.
Born June 16, 1943, in Marshall, he was the son of the late Richard Nelson VanSteenburgh and Iva Jurl Bailey VanSteenburgh. He was a graduate of Houstonia High School and was a U.S. Air Force veteran of eight years and then served in the U.S. Army National Guard. On Oct. 3, 1970, he married Louise Thomas, who survives of the home. He had lived in the Sweet Springs area most of his life and retired after 22 years of service as a maintenance supervisor at Hayes-Lemmerz in Sedalia. He was a member of Sedalia Masonic Lodge.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by four daughters, Christie Pfeffer of Fletcher, N.C., Dhana Pope and Cassy Banks, both of Marshall, and Kari Bales of Slater; one son, Chad VanSteenburgh of Sweet Springs; seven grandchildren; two brothers, Jerry VanSteenburgh of rural Sweet Springs and Paul VanSteenburgh of Hughesville; one sister, Jeanette Brockman of Stover; and numerous nieces and nephews.