Howard Harold Steenbergen
December 13, 1917 – September 11, 2018
Howard Harold Steenbergen, age 100 of Centerville, passed away at home on September 11, 2018. He was born on December 13, 1917 in Homer, Illinois, the son of Charles Cleveland and Osa Ola (Sadler) Steenbergen; one of six sons who grew up on various farms in East Central Illinois. He attended a one room school house in Homer, Ill. and went on to work nationally and internationally in electronic engineering for the Defense Dept. for well over 40 years. After graduation from Ogden High School he coached basketball in Penfield, Ill, and worked for the FDR Rural Electrification Program and as a plumber’s apprentice at Chanute Air Force Base. He married Patricia Buck of Penfield, Ill. in 1941 shortly before entering the Army and World War II, serving in North Africa and Italy with the 3195th Signal Company. Howard attended the University of Cincinnati, majoring in engineering after which he went to work at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH in the Avionics Laboratory. He retired from WPAFB where he was a Supervisory Electronic Engineer in the Electronic Technology Division of the Air Force Avionics Laboratory. He was an Air Force working member of the Department of Defense Advisory Group on Electron Devices for 15 years. He was also a Defense Department representative to the Department of State for COCOM, an international organization responsible for control of Critical Technologies. He retired from the Defense department in 1976 but continued to do consulting work. Howard was a member of American Legion Post 598 of Kettering, and he was a member of St. Leonard’s Community of Centerville. He served as basketball coach of St. Lawrence Academy of Penfield Illinois for 3 years. He was an avid tennis player, skier, golfer, small plane pilot, and walked almost daily. He worked and supervised construction for Habitat for Humanity as well as volunteering at the Dayton Art Institute. He was a member of the Greene County Transit Board and the Greene County Kiwanis Club. Patricia preceded him in death in August of 2000, as well as his parents and all 5 brothers. He is survived by 5 children: Mary Jo (Al) Kubeluis, John Martin, James Edward, Kathy Lake, and Susan (Eric) Vimr; 9 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Friends may visit from 2-5 PM on Sunday, September 16th, 2018 at Tobias Funeral Home, Far Hills Chapel. Additional services will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday in Penfield, Ill in care of Lux Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Habitat for Humanity of Dayton, https://daytonhabitat.org/. Online condolences may be sent to www.tobiasfuneralhome.com.
- Visitation Sunday, September 16, 2018
Howard Harold Steenbergen
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Leslie Lamb Vondrell
September 16, 2018
I am so sorry to hear of your fathers death. He was a gentleman who was warm, caring, and always willing to have one more child in his house. I was planning to see you today but was needed to watch one of the grandchildren. I will keep all of you in my prayers.
September 13, 2018
Joe and I want to extend our condolences to Mary Jo, Jack, Jim, Kathy, and Susan, their spouses, children and grandchildren at the passing of this good man. I met Howard and Pat when Mary Jo married my brother Al. Joe joined this warm and inviting family when we married. We shared many happy memories with the Steenbergen family over many years. It was wonderful to be a part of that extended family. Howard and Pat were always kind and inviting. Howard always amazed me at his awareness and involvement in the world around us. Even in his 90's I remember him talking about writing to his congressmen about causes he felt passionate about. He never lost his interest in the world around him and his commitment to do good in the world. I also remember his love for his family. What an amazing role model he has been for all of us for how to live a life of integrity, caring, and commitment for what you believe in. We feel very blessed to have known him and for having been included in this family system for many years.
Joe and Carol Libonati