Reverend James Marion Steinke

May 20, 1927October 31, 2020

Reverend James Marion Steinke, age 93, of Apopka, passed away Saturday, October 31, 2020. He was born on May 20, 1927 to Harold and Echo (Gilman) Steinke in Dayton, Ohio. He is an Army Veteran. James married Margaret Nesdall on May 31, 1952 and had four children, James Gilman, Rebecca Ann, Holly Marie, and Drew Nesdall. His working career spanned twelve organizations and vocations, primarily as a Mechanical Engineer acquiring thirteen patents along the way and was head of several engineering departments. At semi-retirement he played a High Priest at the Holy Land Experience, and finally became an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God. His hobbies included various styles of painting where his art is displayed in many homes and Doctor’s offices. He served twenty years at the Orange County Correctional Facility in Orlando as a Bible teacher and conducted a small home group for sixteen years. He also served as an Altar Minister at Calvary Orlando for several years. He was an extensive Bible researcher and has created many Bible teachings, even making them into booklets for his small home group. James was highly respected, was a very intellectual, talented, and honest man. His family and many others loved him very deeply and he knew he was very blessed! Words cannot express how much he will be missed…but we know we will meet him one day again in heavenly glory! Praise God!

James is survived by his wife of over 68 years, Margaret Ann (Nesdall) Steinke; son, Gil Steinke (Aida) of Longwood, FL; daughter, Rebecca Vosler (Gregg) of Tavares, FL; daughter, Holly Capponi (John) of Apopka, FL; and son, Drew Steinke (Ann) of Longwood, FL. He is also survived by three brothers (Gene, Leigh and Gary), one sister (Judy), ten grandchildren and spouses, nine great-grandchildren, and also six step-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Thursday, November 5, 2020 from 6-8 PM at Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home, West Altamonte Chapel. Visitation will also be held Friday, November 6, 2020 from 10-11AM at Calvary Assembly – Chapel with a funeral service beginning at 11AM at the Chapel. A graveside ceremony and entombment will be held Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 10 AM at Highland Memory Gardens in Apopka.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to one of the following organizations:

Orange County Jail Ministry PO Box 568521 Orlando, FL 32856-8521

Vitas Hospice 2201 Lucien Way, Suite 100 Maitland, FL 32751

National Foundation for Cancer Research PO Box 96024 Washington, DC 20090-6024

Arrangements entrusted to Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home, West Altamonte Chapel. 90 Weathersfield Ave. Altamonte Springs, Florida 32714. Please view and sign the family tribute page at



  • Visitation

    Thursday, November 5, 2020

  • Visitation

    Friday, November 6, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, November 6, 2020

  • Committal Service - Entombment

    Saturday, November 7, 2020

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Danita Moradi

November 21, 2020

I am so sorry to see of the passing of James 'Jim' Steinke. Sending my thoughts and prayers for Margaret and all of the family.
I have many fond memories of our chats when we went out to eat for our CDS get togethers. I always wanted to sit near Margaret and Jim! He always had good advice for me.

Holly Capponi

November 8, 2020

Photo of my dad in October 2016 in his High Priest costume at the Grand Floridian with his "boys" - The Grand Floridian Societal Orchestra. They always played his lists of songs.

Holly Capponi

November 8, 2020

We just laid you to rest yesterday, and I miss you dearly. I know you're in the arms of Jesus and all the angels are celebrating with you...and I can be joyous about that, but it doesn't make me miss you any less. I will miss you every day until the day we are reunited where there will be no more tears. Love you so, so much, Dad

And here's the poem I spoke at your "Celebration of Life" service...I was/am truly blessed that God fashioned you as my Dad for me:

Dear God,
I am so grateful for the dad you chose for me…he was my prince and a Godly man
You knew the very dad that I would need, and you prepared him for your plan
Thank you, Lord, for the memories, and the moments that my dad and I shared
For creating him to be my dad...I know that you truly cared!
Always will love you, Your Daughter, Holly

Photo of my dad with my grandchildren - his last professional photo taken in June of 2019


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