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Joseph Paul Steinmacher

February 21, 1936 - November 2, 2009

SPRINGFIELD – Joseph Paul Steinmacher, 73, of Springfield left us for heaven at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2nd at St. John’s Hospital.

Joe was born at home to Louis and Elizabeth (Keller) Steinmacher on February 21, 1936. He is preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Louis Jr., George and John.

He graduated from Feitshans High School in 1954 and served in the U.S. Army and Reserves from 1959-1965. Joe moved to Ft. Lauderdale, FL in 1971 as one of the owners of Four Star Firestone and for many years he was manager for Dick Wilson and Son.

He returned to Springfield in March of 1998 and brought with him 6 inches of snow.

Joe was a past president and one of the first charter members of the Springfield Ski and Boat Club. He was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus and a devoted Catholic.

He was faithful to his family and friends. He loved Air Rendezvous, fireworks, taking photographs and being around people. Joe will be remembered for being generous without reservation and for having a sense of humor that was world class. He was the self appointed DISTRIBUTOR of Dime-on Pins.

Joe is survived by two sisters, Dolores M. Young and Mrs. Arnold (Betty) Kochman, and a brother, Carl (Boom Boom) Steinmacher; and close friend, B.J. of Springfield. Nine nieces and nephews, several great-nieces and nephews, and many extended family and friends who will miss him.

See ya soon!, love ya! J.S.

Visitation will be held from 4 – 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at Staab Funeral Home, with a prayer service at 4 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, November 5, 2009, at Sacred Heart Church, with Reverend John Carberry officiating. Burial will be at Camp Butler National Cemetery with the Sangamon County Interveterans Burial Detail conducting military honors.

Memorials may be made to Illiana Veterans Hospital, The Sangamon County Interveterans Burial Detail or St. Katherine Drexel Parish, Springfield, IL.

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