Phillip Kern Steinacker

July 11, 1943November 27, 2018

Phillip Kern Steinacker peacefully passed from this life on November 27 at the age of 75. Phil was born on July 11 to Margaret and Kern Steinacker and grew up in Lansing exploring fields, ponds, and in the family garden with his three sisters. He graduated from Eastern High School.

At the age of 18 Phil began his career with General Motors, working and attending the GM Tech Center. He received an Engineering Degree and two Master’s Degrees, alumni of General Motors Institute (Kettering) and MSU. He served GM in many capacities in Lansing, Pontiac, Warren and Spring Hill, Tennessee and invented several innovative concepts that received patents. He retired in 2008 and became a contractor for GM, serving until his passing.

He married Katie and raised their two children in Okemos. Phil was a supportive parent, attending every soccer game for his son, Chris and patiently driving daughter, Amy around with her friends.

He was a supportive, loyal and loving husband, brother, father and grandfather. He enjoyed sailing and had many hobbies. Photography, music and carpentry were life-long interests. In his retirement he and his wife Katie enjoyed traveling to see the US and Europe. When home he would visit his children and grandchildren, helping in any way possible.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Margaret (Rosser) and Kern Steinacker and survived by his wife, Kathryn (Schlichting) Steinacker; children, Amy Ann Moore, Christopher (Sarah) Steinacker; sisters, Elaine (Bill) Tabor, Sandy (Tim) Green and Debbie (Mark) Olsen; beloved grandchildren, William Alexander, Magdalena Schenburn, and Benjamin, Abigail and William Steinacker; and many loving nieces and nephews.

A memorial visitation will be held at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 1730 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing on Saturday, December 8 from 1-3 pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to Okemos Community Church, 4734 Okemos Rd, Okemos, MI 48864.

Online condolences may be expressed at


  • Okemos Community Church


  • Memorial Visitation Saturday, December 8, 2018

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Randy West

December 8, 2018

Phil was a great mentor to me at General Motors during the Quad 4 Program. I remember all of our runoff trips to Rockford Ill. to Ingersoll for the Cam Carrier Line. Our nickname for Phil was 'Photo Phil' because of the number of pictures he would take of the equipment. He would always start taking pictures as we were ready to leave the plant to fly back to Michigan. I learned a great deal from Phil as I worked with him through the years, he will be missed.

God Bless you Photo Phil