JACKSONVILLE – MGySgt. James Francis Steiner (USMC Retired), 93, entered peacefully into rest on Nov. 30, 2013.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4 at Jones Funeral Home, Jacksonville Chapel with the Rev. Rick Moser officiating. Entombment with full military honors will follow at Onslow Memorial Park.
Mr. Steiner was born May 31, 1920, to the late Katherine and Mathias Steiner in Brooklyn, N.Y. He began his military career in 1939, at the age of 19 by enlisting in the United States Marine Corps. During this time, he served in WWII, Korean War, and three tours of Vietnam. He was wounded on Iwo Jima and was decorated with the Purple Heart. He was also the recipient of the Bronze Star and numerous other ribbons and commendations. He married the late Ruby Shipp in 1952, and they lived in Jacksonville together for 59 years. After retiring from the Marine Corps in August of 1969, Jim went to work for Weyerhaeuser Company and continued there for 15 years. He retired in 1984. Jim was a loving, caring, and generous man and was respected by his family and friends.
His brothers, Patrick, Vincent, and Matthew predecease him. Jim is survived by his sister, Margaret Hoffman of Elmont, N.Y.; daughters, Sandy Pearce of Jacksonville, Tracie Hasslocher and husband Jimmy, San Antonio, Texas; grandson, Jonathan Pearce of Jacksonville; numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends beginning at 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, prior to the service, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made in Jim's name to the Wounded Warrior Project, 3025 John Quick Road, MCB Quantico, VA 22134, c/o Charitable Donations Coordinator or to Northwoods United Methodist Church, 1528 Gum Branch Road, Jacksonville, NC 28540.
The family would like to thank the caring staff at Continuum Healthcare for the wonderful care they gave to their father.
Electronic condolences may be left for the family at jonesfh.org.