Lester Allen Steinbach(1922 - 2013)

Lester Allen Steinbach


Lester Allen Steinbach was born to Max and Gladys (Harmison) Steinbach on July 22, 1922. On Tuesday, April 23, 2013, he passed away at Senior Suites in Urbandale, a place he had come to call home while Parkinson's disease slowly consumed his health.

Les grew up on the east side of Des Moines with his mother and the only father he ever knew, Hurley Denton. He graduated from East High School in 1940 and enlisted in the Army, an experience he would never discuss, until a year ago when he talked about the European Countries he was stationed in.

Les loved to travel and was fortunate to have a job with Eagle Iron Works for 38 years that allowed him to take annual family vacations throughout the U.S. and Canada, and later span the globe many times with his wife Shirlee.

Les and Shirlee (Simpson) married on March 22, 1975 and moved into the dream home Les designed, the "A Frame" in Johnston. They enjoyed many wonderful times together as members of Wagon Wheelers Square Dance Club, Iowa Travel Trailer Club, Des Moines Color Film Club, and Friendship Force. Les and Shirlee danced their way through life together and cherished their many special experiences, such as going on a Windjammer Cruise and White Water Rafting.

Photography played a very important role in how Les shared his world with others. His (long) slide shows, and often extended stories of people he met along the way, defined his love for exploring new places and meeting new people. His legacy is, in part, his well organized collection of over 50,000 color slides. Before Parkinson's stole much of his awareness, Les could make a memory appear right in front of you, and help you appreciate places you never knew existed. He believed in getting every single last drop out of life, and he did that to the very end.

Les enjoyed playing golf, especially after work with his buddies at Woodside and Jester Park. He didn't really care how low his score was, because Les saw golf, and especially camping as opportunities to be outside with friends and enjoy Mother Nature.

Often times, Les would disappear for hours in his shop to repair something that was no longer working properly. Instead of just buying a replacement, he had to figure out how it worked and then set course to fix it. Once he bought a very old Spiderman Pinball game and salvaged enough replacement parts so that the grandchildren could enjoy the antique again. This also explains how the refrigerator in the basement has stayed in working condition for the last 65 years.

Les is survived by his wife, Shirlee; son, Terry (Julie Macauley); daughter, Ginger (Dennis) Foshe; step- daughters, Melinda McKean, Karen (Tony) Bobskin, Kris (Robert) Stevens; and grandchildren, Travis (Denise) Foshe, Shannon (Peter) Foucault, April (Tim) Casperson, Heather (Harold) Solano, Ali Fitzgerald, Randallyn Curtis, Carlton Turner, Amanda Turner, Jameson Turner, Caleb Schaft, Stevie Ray Stevens, and Keith Stevens. Les especially enjoyed time spent with his extended family and great-grandchildren.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the "Amazing" staff at Senior Suites for providing a place where Les felt very content when he was no longer able to live in his Johnston home.

In lieu of flowers or other contributions, please remember Les with a donation to the National Parkinson Foundation or a . Condolences can be posted online at www.memorialservicesofiowa.com.

An informal memorial service and celebration of life will take place at Memorial Services of Iowa, 4208 N. Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2013.


Published in Des Moines Register from Apr. 26 to Apr. 28, 2013