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Kenneth Steckbauer, of Antigo, died Saturday, February 2, 2013 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in Lakeland Florida from complications resulting from myelodysplastic syndrome, a blood disorder. He was 92 years old. He was born on December 17, 1920 in Aniwa, a son of Frank and Susanna (Jossi) Steckbauer. He married Catherine Carroll on October 12, 1943 at St. William Catholic Church in Eland. She preceded him in death on November 29, 1999. He later married Patricia (Damp) Meyer on May 26, 2001 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Antigo. She survives.
He was a graduate of Antigo High School with the class of 1939 and farmed in the Aniwa area for several years.
In 1948 he moved to Wisconsin Rapids and began a long career with Consolidated Papers Incorporated. As a power dispatcher he controlled the flow of nearly 100 miles of the Wisconsin River operating the dams from DuBay to Castle Rock to provide hydroelectric power to the plant and area communities. He retired and returned to Aniwa in 1984.
Mr. Steckbauer was a member of the American Power Dispatchers, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union (IBEW Local 1147), the Consolidated Tree Farmer Family and the American Tree Farmer's Association.
He was dedicated to his Catholic Faith and was a member of the Msgr. Conrad Saile Knights of Columbus Council 1002, Antigo and the Msgr. Conrad Saile Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Assembly 1214, Antigo.
Mr. Steckbauer will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor and the things he enjoyed such as meeting new people, walking, genealogy, sharing family stories and history, working and being in the woods, riding on his tractor and in his golf cart, snowmobiling, working with tools, reading, studying maps and reference materials, traveling around the country and in Europe to visit relatives, and being with family and friends whether wintering in Florida or Texas or at home in Antigo with his dog, Jill.
Survivors including his wife Pat are four daughters Mary (Dennis) Ulander, Blair, Nebraska, Ann (Craig) Sheets, Lynnwood, Washington, Jane (Wayne) Turner, Coloma, Susan (Sidney) Hunter, Jacksonville, Florida; six sons William (Catalina) Steckbauer, Pocatello, Idaho, James (Geri) Steckbauer, Kennesaw, Georgia, Kenneth (Jill) Steckbauer, Coloma, Dennis (Jennifer) Steckbauer, Byron, Illinois, Daniel (Lori) Steckbauer, Wisconsin Rapids and Thomas Steckbauer, Marshfield; 16 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He is further survived by his wife's children: William Nauta, Washington Island, WI, Robert (Kathy) Nauta, Oregon, WI and Carmel Peterson and her husband Duane White, Martinsville, Indiana; three step grandchildren and one step great-grandchild.
In addition to his parents and first wife he was preceded in death by a daughter, Kathleen Ann Steckbauer; a granddaughter in infancy; two sisters Helen Schultz and Laneh Markham; a brother George Steckbauer; many dear cousins especially Johnny (Grace) Steckbauer; a niece, Linda (Howard) Broen; and a great niece Cheri Steckbauer.
A funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Catholic Church, 415 Sixth Ave. Antigo with Rev. Charles Hoffmann officiating. Burial will take place in St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery in Aniwa.
Visitation will be 3:30 - 7 p.m. on Monday at the Bradley Funeral Home, 1550 Neva Road (Hwy 45) Antigo, and 9 - 10 a.m. on Tuesday also at the funeral home.
A parish wake service will be held on Monday at 4 p.m., and the Knights of Columbus will recite the rosary at 6:30 p.m. all at the Bradley Funeral Home.
Online condolences at www.bradleyfh.com.
Bradley Funeral Home
1550 Neva Road Antigo, WI 54409
Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune on Feb. 6, 2013