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Donald J. Steckling – Obituary

Name: Donald J. Steckling

Age: 87

Born: 03-03-1930

Died: 11-05-2017

Daniel Funeral Home, St. Cloud, Minnesota

Daniel Funeral Home Chapel, St. Cloud, Minnesota

Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud for Donald J. Steckling age 87 of St. Cloud who passed away on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at his home. Reverend William Meier will officiate.
Visitation will be after 10:00 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home in St. Cloud.
Donald was born March 3, 1930 in St. Cloud, Minnesota to Jerome and Mildred (Clarity) Steckling. He served his country in the United States Navy. Donald married Roma B. Jurek December 26, 1949 in St. Cloud. He was a commercial masonry contractor owning Steckling Construction, Inc. in St. Cloud for many years. Donald was an NRA Patron.
Donald enjoyed flying his airplanes, yachting; he especially enjoyed the outdoors and nature.
Donald is survived by his wife, Roma, children, Jerry (Debra) of Los Angeles, California, Joe of Sauk Rapids, John (Kathy) of Gosport, Indiana, Sue (John) Hopkins of St. Cloud; eight grandchildren, five great grandchildren; and brother, David (Rose) of St. Cloud.
He was preceded in death by his parents.

Guestbook for Donald J. Steckling

Janice Akervik
, Friend
November 12, 2017, 4:00 am
My deepest sympathy to Roma, Jerry, Joe, John and Sue in this difficult time. Don was a kind, gentle man with an infectious smile/grin, an all-around "good guy" with a great sense of humor. The times I have spent with this family are some of the BEST times of my life. Thank you for the memories Don and Roma and family. Please know Don will be missed but forever "remembered".
David Steckling Jr
, Nephew
November 11, 2017, 12:39 am
My first ride in an airplane, as a little kid, was with uncle Don at the controls. Letting me steer the airplane made me feel like I was a very important person. Thank-you, uncle, for the memory that I have so dearly cherished.
Ed and Deb Jurek
, Nephew
November 10, 2017, 11:03 pm
Dear Roma and Family, Our deepest sympathy to you all. Eddie cherishes the memories of camping,boating,and skiing that your families shared when he was young. In later years Eddie and I enjoyed wonderful visits at your home We were always greeted with warm hospitality, wonderful stories, and of course a marvelous homemade dessert!! The biggest impression that you gave us is that you were truly best friends and sweethearts through sickness and health.,,,,,,a great life lesson for us all, Uncle Don will truly be missed. Our love to uou
Paul Thullen
November 9, 2017, 2:11 pm
I only met Donald a couple of times when his son John, myself, and my brother would go up to Mn. to fish we would stop in for a visit and have dinner. Donald immediately struck me as a man who was tough as nails but possessed a kind soul as well. The stories told at the dinner table and after in the living room over a glass of wine will not be forgotten.
Joseph M. Steckling
, Son
November 8, 2017, 9:05 pm
The Man That Made Me the Man I am It began before I knew what it was to be a man To obey And then To understand discipline He formed me into what I am And then Shaped me from molten unformed boy To the man I am today And then Taught me how to hunt and fish To camp and live amongst the trees And then To hike and discover, to breathe To live intertwined from within And then To reason for myself To make a place I belong And then To stand tall and call myself a man To never back down again And then To savor every living moment To seek deep from within And then When I was knocked down To get up and do it again And then To never take NO as an answer But to persevere and achieve And then To take solace in the moment To love and understand And then To except what Ive been given And to create the man, I am
Natalie DeAloia
November 8, 2017, 8:59 pm
Over the years of hearing Don and Roma stories from their son John, I've always admired the life they lived. Living such a full life with so many experiences is a wonderful thing. My heart is sad for this loss and hope all can find peace and comfort in embracing Don's spirit of living life. My thoughts and prayers are with the Steckling family and friends during this time.
November 8, 2017, 6:31 pm
When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with you. May God give you comfort from His Holy Word, the Bible. He will swallow death forever, and the Sovereign Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces. Isaiah 25:8. He wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. Revelation 21:4 Please accept my deepest condolences.
Christine Hurd
, Granddaughter
November 8, 2017, 4:31 pm
Ill never forget our adventures in the woods on the three wheeler singing silly songs, coming inside to make caramel corn, adventures on/in the lake, or all the marvelous toys youve made us. I will always appreciate everything hes taught me and will miss him more than ever. Love you grandpa!
Susan Hopkins
, Daughter
November 8, 2017, 3:31 pm
There's nothing as precious as father's love for his daughter. I have been blessed with the best dad any girl could ask for. Not day has gone by without thinking about something he had said or has taught me. He was my super hero. I will miss him every day for the rest of my life.
Kathy Steckling
, Daughter in law
November 8, 2017, 2:06 am
My father in law was a great man who loved life and proved it by the way he lived it. I loved listening to the stories you told of your life & your funny jokes. I owe you a debt of gratitude for raising such a good man, my husband. I'm thankfuI and appreciate your kindness to me. I love you Dad. 💗
Anne (Kieffer) Stellmach
November 8, 2017, 12:50 am
Don took me on my first airplane ride when I was a little girl. I will always remember when he would fly over with his plane and then land by my grandparents. My dad Jim worked for him for a long time, he always said one of best.
John Steckling
, Son
November 7, 2017, 11:04 pm
Nobody affected me like my dad. From my happiest childhood memories to the hardest day of my life when we lost him.
Tarina Laudenbach
November 7, 2017, 8:53 pm
I am so blessed to have gotten to know Don and Roma so well over the years. Joe and I enjoyed many trips to visit you guys up north. It was because of Don that I learned how to shoot a gun...and shoot it well! I also loved watching Don and Joe spend time with each other. What a amazing and close relationship they had. You are missed so much Don! We love ya!
Jerome Steckling
, Son
November 7, 2017, 6:42 pm
I'll try to be as good as you daddy

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