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Donald Steil
April 29, 1933 - March 11, 2020

Donald “Don” Steil, 86, of Fairbank passed away on Wednesday March 11, 2020 at Cedar Valley Hospice House in Waterloo with his family by his side. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Monday March 16, 2020 at the Geilenfeld-Buehner Funeral Home in Oelwein with a Fourth Degree Rosary at 3:45 on Monday. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 Am on Tuesday March 17 2020 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein with Father Paul McManus officiating. Inurnment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Oelwein.

Don was born in Emmetsburg, Iowa on April 29, 1933 the son of J R Russell and Grace (Stoulil) Steil. He grew up around Mallard, Iowa and graduated from the Mallard High School in 1951. On August 21, 1951 he was united in marriage to Virginia Manwarren at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Emmetsburg. He then spent one year at the University of Iowa in the ROTC program. After moving to Oelwein Don worked for Interstate power and later Alliant as a Linemen and Technician, after retiring he worked with his son Mike in his blacksmith shop. He was also a volunteer fireman in West Bend and later in Hazleton. Don enjoyed family, vacations, John Wayne Westerns, sharing his knowledge of woodworking, Sunday drives to the river to eat at Bill’s and stopping at Stark’s, helping mom landscape although he never won landscaper of the year award, helping mom feed her never ending flock of welfare birds, being right, practical jokes, enjoying someone else’s bourbon yet spending his money on the cheap stuff, golf, story sharing and asparagus hunting in his children’s yards.  Don was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic church in Oelwein and a member of the Third and Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus both in Oelwein and Fairbank. Don was very active in his life and leaves behind many friends as well as family.

Don is survived by his wife, Virginia of Fairbank; his children, Mike (Linda) Steil of Fairbank, Jeanine (Dennis) Tellin of Maynard, Jim (Kris) Steil of Carrolton, VA, Mary (Jim) Scharnhorst of Denver, IA, Colleen (Jeff) Frake of Cedar Rapids, John (Karla) Steil of Fairbank, Dennis Steil Roseburg OR, Kate (Duane) Taylor of Maynard and daughter-in-law Sandy Steil of Oelwein; twenty-two grandchildren, Missy Steil (Troy Lamphier), Molly Thompson (Jason), Curtis Steil (Shani), Rhonda Cue (Nick), Sarah Kendall (Scott), Raymond Tellin (Jenni), Jacob Steil (Lynsey), Liz Carter (Ryan), Anna Kerns (Blake), Cory Steil (Katie), Sara Ward (Bryan), Ryan Steil (Brittany), Alicia Ernest (Jeremy), Amy Howell (Nick), Adam Scharnhorst (Melinda Fratzke), Josh Steil (Erin Torruella), Blake Steil (Sara), Sean Steil, Nick Steil, Dustin Taylor (Samantha), Nathan Taylor and Jordan Taylor (Lindsey Buhr); three step grandchildren; thirty-five great grandchildren (with one on the way); three step great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; three siblings, Virginia Meade of Webster City, Mike (Esty) Steil of West Bend and Ellen Newburry of Omaha. He was preceded in death by two sons, Danial and Donald, Jr.; four grandchildren, Christopher Steil, Matthew Steil, Michael Steil and William Scharnhorst; three great grandchildren, Blake Steil, Abigal Thompson and Hannah Thompson.


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cindy.wilkinson on March 26, 2020 at 8:22 AM said:

You have our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May your memories bring you comfort.
Marshall Family on March 17, 2020 at 10:20 AM said:

Our thoughts and prayers for the family.
Mike and Mary Gaffney on March 17, 2020 at 5:23 AM said:

Deepeest Condolences
Rod&Mary Ellen Brandt on March 16, 2020 at 12:21 PM said:

Best wishes to the Steil family. Many fond memories . God Bless
Nancy & Lyle Miller on March 16, 2020 at 10:37 AM said:

Sincere condolences to all. We'll be saying prayers in these difficult times. May Don rest in peace.
Robin and Robin Rosenstiel on March 14, 2020 at 10:02 AM said:

To Mrs. Steil and to Jeannie ,Family and to All of Don's kids ,Jeannie's Brothers and sisters,Sending our Deepest Sympathy and Hugs,What a great guy and so much fun
Gordy and Becky Hacket on March 14, 2020 at 7:22 AM said:

Don was a great guy. He had a great sense of humor and I always knew where Danny git his. Rest In Peace Don. Your journey is over. Prayers and blessings to Virginia and the family..YU
Mona Betts on March 14, 2020 at 6:44 AM said:

My love and prayers for your family! He will be missed. Dad will be happy to see him.
LaVelle and Dick Ernest on March 13, 2020 at 6:11 PM said:

Love and prayers for all the family. So thankful that he is no longer suffering but saying goodbye is so hard. We are so sorry for your loss.
Gary and Betsy Sickels on March 13, 2020 at 5:13 PM said:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Steil family in their time of sorrow . Don will be missed by all that knew him !
Mel DeVoe on March 13, 2020 at 1:22 PM said:

Don will be missed by all that knew him. I have
Fond memories of his sense of humor, and well
As hislifes lessons or

As a matter of fact statements..(lol)
May loved ones find peace, and fond memories
Of this man.

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