Charles L. Steinke, 81, of West Cisco Road, Sidney, passed away of natural causes on Friday morning, Sept. 30, 2011, at Dorothy Love Retirement Community, Sidney.
He was born on April 1, 1930, in Burkettsville, to the late Isadore and Bertha (Tumbusch) Steinke.
On Oct. 27, 1951, at Precious Blood Catholic Church in Chickasaw, Charles married Armella (Bills) Steinke who survives.
He is also survived by five children, Robert Steinke of Fort Loramie, Roger and Lisa Steinke of New Bremen, Michael and Annette Steinke of St. Louis, Mo., Brother Thomas Paul Steinke of Chillum, Md., Mark and Lisa Steinke of Sidney; 15 grandchildren, Renee and Todd Mescher, Tracy and Brian Schulze, Brett and Jennifer Steinke, Jennifer and AJ Eilerman, Chris, Jonathan and Ashley, Nathan, Todd and Sarah, Eric and Kelly, Kym, Tyler, Madison, Kelli, Aaron, and Katie Steinke; as well as 17 greatgrandchildren; four siblings, Esther and Tim Mattingly of Dayton, Elma and Lennie Clune of Minster, Paul and Marge Steinke of Dayton, Jesse and Shirley Steinke of Coldwater; brothers and sisters-in-law, Norb Kramer of Chickasaw, Millie Steinke of Tipp City, Verena and Rich Langenkamp of St. Henry and Joan and Ben Post of St. Wendelin.
Charles was preceded in death by both parents; one son, Brian Steinke; two sisters, Lilly Steinke and Alice Kremer; a brother, James Steinke.
Mr. Steinke was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War and had been stationed in Germany. He attended St. Michael Catholic Church and was a member of the Fort Loramie American Legion Post No. 355. Mr. Steinke retired in 1996 from Leroy Dresser in Sidney, where he had been employed for 36 years. Charley enjoyed spending time with his family and following local sports; years ago he also enjoyed hunting and fishing.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Michael Church in Fort Loramie, with the Rev. Steven Shoup presiding. Interment will follow at the St. Michael’s Cemetery with full military honors by the American Legion. Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday at Gehret Funeral Home in Fort Loramie. Memorials may be made to St. Vincent DePaul or charity of donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed at www.gehretfuneralhome.com .