Kenneth E. Steiger
Kenneth Edwin Steiger,92, of Onalaska WI, passed away peacefully on Saturday 0ctober 5,2019 at Mayo Health System Lacrosse, WI.
Kenneth was born on August 18,1927 to Edwin and Ella (Reineking) Steiger in Greenwood, WI. Kenneth grew up on the family farm, attended Greenwood Schools and graduated in 1945.
He served in the Army, where he was stationed at Fort Monmouth New Jersey till August 1947. He returned home and on November 15, 1947 he married his high school sweetheart, Janice Baird at Westside Immanuel United Church of Christ in Greenwood, WI. They lived and raised their three children in Greenwood.
Kenneth Served as the City Clerk and served on the church board. He worked for John Wuethrich Creamery Co./Grassland Butter for 42 years starting as a bookkeeper and being named Vice President of Purchasing till he retired in 1992.
Kenneth had a passion for gardening and a “green thumb”. He could be found many days with his hands in the dirt.
In 1997, Kenneth and Janice moved to Onalaska WI, where he was a faithful member of the Onalaska United Methodist Church. He had a part-time job with Weiland Apt and Self-Storage where he was able to continue his love of bookkeeping.
Kenneth also had a passion for music. He sang with the Clark County Men’s Chorus, directed and sang with the Church chorus, He sang with the OUMC Choir and was a member of the La Crosse barber shoppers. He loved to dance and could be found at many Howie Sturtz Orchestra dances where his brother, Ertz, sang and played trombone. Kenneth loved Big Band Music and up till the end he listened to Glen Miller, Guy Lombardo, Tommy Dorsey and more with a smile.
Kenneth was known for his kind and compassionate spirit and infectious smile that would warm your heart. He valued relationships, kindness, generosity and hard work. He set a wonderful example for his family to follow. Kenneth was so proud of his family and so happy to have them visit. He lived a simple life and shared the rare blessing to live a love story for 72 years with his wife, Janice. He will be deeply missed by so many.
Kenneth is survived by his wife, Janice Steiger; children, Pamela (Brad) Johnson, Plover, WI,
Steve (Candi) Steiger Balsam Lake, WI, Lori (Bob) Kennedy Onalaska, WI; Eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Ella Steiger; Brother, Ervin Steiger, Neillsville, WI, Sister’s, Marion (Gordon) Nielsen, Waupaca, WI, Evelyn (Karl) Mitschka Milwaukee, WI, Beatrice (Dale) Syth, Eau Claire, WI.
Thank You to Mayo Clinic Health System Dr. Nancy Erickson, Palliative and Hospice care, and the 7thfloor Nursing Staff. Their love and care will never be forgotten.
In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to be given to the Onalaska United Methodist Church Music Fund. Services will be at a later date.