John Fredrick Steinbeck (1936 - 2017)

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John Fredrick Steinbeck passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 in Montrose, Colorado.

He was born on Feb. 6, 1936 in LaGrande, Oregon to Fred and Ella (Engel) Steinbeck. He graduated from LaGrande High School and headed to Cal Poly University in California. After two years, he returned to LaGrande to marry his high school sweetheart, Margaret Irene Smith, on June 29, 1957. Together, they raised four children in Kenai and Enterprise, Oregon.

After he married Margaret, he went into business with his father-in-law at River Products and moved to North Powder to raise hogs for the business. In the meantime, he and Margaret also started their family. From there, his pioneer spirit took him, Margaret, and three little boys to Sitka, where he bought a batch plant and provided concrete for sidewalks and roads for a growing community. His work in Sitka ended and he moved to Juneau and then Kenai, where he and Margaret settled. At that time, they had one more child, a daughter.

John continued working in concrete and construction until he purchased a small grocery store in Soldotna. His retail business grew from that small store into a larger supermarket in Kenai. He was very involved in his community's development and because of this, he was elected mayor. After 12 years in Alaska, John sold out, packed his family up in a Winnebago, and toured the entire United States for a year. After this adventure, he and his brother, Frank, bought a ranch in Enterprise, Oregon. He and Margaret spent 10 wonderful years in Enterprise raising their family and making life-long friends. In their retirement, they moved to Colorado to be near their daughter.

John was preceded in death by his parents and his grandson, Payton.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years Margaret; sons, Nathan (Klista), Travis (Junie), and Dusty (Michelle); daughter Stacia (Chad) Greiner; eight grandchildren; brother Frank (Patty); and several nieces and nephews.

As per John and Margaret's wishes, they will be cremated and he and Margaret will be buried together in Cove, Oregon upon Margaret's passing.

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Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Nov. 1, 2017
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