Herbert G. Steinke

Herbert G. Steinke

Jerry passed away Friday, July 29, 2016 at Borgess Hospital.

He was born February 3, 1942 in Dominion City, Manitoba Canada to Herman and Alvina (Hartig) Steinke. Jerry had worked for General Motors for 33 years until the Kalamazoo plant closed and he retired in 1998. He enjoyed doing things for others and had built several decks and other construction projects after his retirement. Jerry loved fishing up north for bass, ice fishing in Canada for walleye, hunting for deer and bear, canning tomatoes, and going to the private men’s club meetings on Wednesday and Friday nights. On March 8, 1963 in Kalamazoo he married Joyce Niles who passed away in 2005.

Surviving are his children, Richard (Kandy) Steinke of Otsego and Wendy Baden (John Stech) of Delton and his grandson, Richard Steinke of Allegan.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Joyce Steinke; son, William Steinke; son-in-law, Tim Baden and sister, Lilly Ann Lancaster.

Friends may visit with Jerry’s family from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM on Monday, August 1, 2016 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.  

A graveside service will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego with Celebrant, Bill Rose officiating.

Those attending are asked to dress casual per Jerry’s request.

In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Jerry may be made to Chicora Country Chapel or Wings of Hope Hospice.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

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  1. craig phillips says:

    thoughts and prayers to all in this time of sorrow, think of the fun times fishing or hunting trips, or such, or the stories of same, they should bring a smile and chuckle to a down person,

    peace and love to all

  2. Marty Smith says:

    Steinke ole friend rest in peace.He would give you his shirt off his back.Always make you laugh.YOU WILL BE GREATLY MISSED!

  3. Mike, Diane & Molly Long says:

    Thanks for all the memories – Fish Camp was made possible by Jerry! Are thoughts & prayers are with you Rick & Kandy.
    Mike, Diane & Molly Long

  4. Renee Roman says:

    Thank you Jerry for always picking on me giving a hard time with a warm laugh n big smile I’ll miss your corny jokes and that Jerry laugh.I always felt the love from you Joyce and Rick Wendy Bill.prayers hugs n tears .love you Rick and Wendy

  5. john yanosik says:

    My favorite memory with Jerry was our trip to West Virginia to get parts for my Hummer. My prayers go out to his family and friends.

  6. Harold and Angela Cronk says:

    We did not know he was so ill. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you. He was a great guy.

  7. rod and carolyn newberry says:

    Rod and I were fortunate to have Jerry as a friend. He was a very dedicated and true friend. Rod fished some with him and Jerry and Don hunted our land. A very thoughtful and generous man. May he R.I.P. So sorry for your loss, prayers to your family

  8. Jason Lancaster says:

    We will definitely miss your presence, laugh and wisdom. I wish my kids would have had more time to spend with you, because words alone cannot express your generous spirit and your love of life. Our sincere condolences for Rick, Wendy and little Rick. We will be thinking of you all. My dad (Uncle Dick) asked for me to express his condolences. He will be missed.

  9. Dawn Forney says:

    Rick ,Wendy and family hold on to your memories . Ralph and I enjoyed all the times we were able to spend with your family .He was a good neighbor and friend .Happy hunting & fishing in heaven Jerry .Gods speed .R.I.P.

  10. Tom Andrews says:

    So long, big guy. Knew ya for 60 years.

    Classmate, PHS Class of ’59

  11. Bonnie Doubblestein says:

    Jerry was a very kind and loving person I will never forget his laughing. Enjoyed being up north fishing and hunting. He left us too many of times for us to float down the river. It was time for him to go home to his final resting place what does son and his family that went before him. Rest and peace Jerry. My condolences go out to his family and close friends. Gone but never forgotten.

  12. Bonnie Doubblestein says:

    Jerry was a very loving kind man. He loved hunting and fishing with his close friends up north. He let us stay at his place so we could go down to the river. I will never forget his laugh. It’s time for Jerry to go home To his final resting place to be with his son and wife and family that have gone on before him. R.I.P Jerry. My condolences go out to his family and close friends. May you find peace and comfort and knowing that Jerry is with his loved ones and it’s place that is very peaceful.

  13. Mike PIerce says:

    Rick and Family my condolences to all of you. Jerry was a one of a kind man and I was happy to get to know him these last couple of years. He was kind and a joy to be around. He could talk all day about fishing up north which I enjoyed about him. He sent me many pictures of the bass he caught on my lures. This spring I was able to make a tube bait color that he had been missing for years and could not find anyone to make that same color. He was thrilled as heck when he saw them! I hope he got a chance to use those tubes because I know he really like them. I will miss Jerry and hope he is catching all those fish god has to offer!

  14. Don and Nancy Friel says:

    Jerry was a good friend, always laughing and joking. Don did a lot of fishing and hunting up north, at Rods and in Biloxi with him. Have so many wonderful and crazy memories. Will miss him greatly but he will forever be in our thoughts.RIP ole friend. Prayers and love to all the family.

  15. Louise Hartig and Deb Howittt says:

    Deepest sympathies to Wendy and Rick from Aunt Louise and cousin Deb. Your Dad and uncle Charlie had many good times together and Dad always looked forward to seeing Jerry when he visited. Prayers for your families.

  16. Rick steinke says:

    our family would like to thank all of you for you kind words and memories.They are greatly appreciated by the family thank you all

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