Herbert William Steinbaugh passed peacefully from this life at his home in the early morning hours of Wednesday, August 28, 2013. He was 90 years old. He lived a long and full life. Herb was born on June 6, 1923 to Herman and Laura Mae Abbott Steinbaugh in Lafayette, Colorado. He was, thereafter, a life long resident of Louisville, Colorado. Herb graduated from Louisville High School in 1941. He enrolled at Colorado State University that fall. His college career was interrupted by the onset of war. He enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1942. His generation called it "the bathtub Navy." He was stationed aboard the USS Arthur Middleton, an attack troop transport for the invasion forces in the South Pacific, from 1942 through the remainder of the war. He participated in the campaigns at Tarawa, the Marshall Islands, Marianas Islands, Saipan, Luzon and Okinawa. He was proud of his Coast Guard service but happy to come home. He returned to Louisville and his work at Steinbaugh Lumber Company. He married Rosemarie Dionigi on August 1, 1948 in Louisville where they made their home. They were married for 65 years. He was President of the Steinbaugh Lumber Company for 20 years, Director of the First National Bank of Louisville for 33 years, Chairman of the Board of the bank, Fire Chief of the Louisville Volunteer Fire Department and a member of the department for 24 years. His other affiliations include being a Life member of the American Legion, Boulder and Louisville Elks Club, Veteran of Foreign Wars Club, Louisville Rod and Gun Club and member of the Past Chief's Club of Louisville. He also built the homes in the Bella Vista subdivision of Louisville along with his partners, naming the streets after their wives. Herb loved the outdoors and his time spent with family and friends camping, fishing and hunting throughout the mountains and plains of Colorado. He was also a private pilot for many years. He loved to travel in his later years to Estes Park to view the wild life and to especially hear the elk bugle. His mother and father, brother Bob, and sisters Thelma and Betty preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife Rose and sons and daughter in laws, John R. and Kathy Steinbaugh, and Bruce and Laura Steinbaugh. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Adam, Jake, Michelle, Zach, Monica and Max. His brothers, Jack and Glenn Steinbaugh of Louisville, Jim Steinbaugh of Carson City, Nevada, and Darlene Noble of Lafayette, also survive him. Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Darrell Howe Mortuary. A celebration of his life will take place in the Chapel at Darrell Howe Mortuary located at 1701 W. South Boulder Road in Lafayette, Colorado on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Luncheon for friends and family will follow between 1-4 p.m. at the Louisville Elks Lodge, 525 Main Street, Louisville. In lieu of flowers please consider donating in his name to the Louisville Fire Department Past Chiefs Club, attn: Mr. George Brown, 568 W. Beech Place, Louisville, Colorado 80027.
Published in Colorado Hometown Weekly on Sept. 1, 2013