Smith Funeral Home


Karl Josef Steinhauser

December 18, 1995May 25, 2021
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So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10

Karl Josef Steinhauser passed away at home on Tuesday, May 25, 2021. He was born in Abilene, Texas on December 18, 1995 to RJ and Susan Fike Steinhauser who raised him in Flatonia, Texas. Karl graduated from Flatonia High School in 2014 and Texas State Technical College in 2016. He married Kayla Adair on August 10, 2019.

Karl was a light in the life of those who knew him. His kindness and good humor infected all around him, brightening anyone’s day and turning any event into a party. He was a fiercely loyal friend and partner, willing to do anything to support those that he loved. Karl loved the outdoors and was a consummate hunter and fisherman, skills he learned from his father RJ. He also loved animals and was a frequent dog (and other animal) rescuer, an art he learned from his mother Sue. Karl loved his family and friends, and never spent a moment alone if he could be with them instead. But more than any of these things, Karl loved his wife, Kayla.

Karl was preceded in death by his mother Susan Fike Steinhauser, grandparents JC and Bessie Fike, and Otto Steinhauser, and Uncles James Allen Fike and Thomas Hefner.

Karl is survived by his wife Kayla, father RJ Steinhauser his fiancé Susan Ivey, father-in-law and mother-in-law Greg and Stephanie Lafferty Adair, grandmother Helen Steinhauser, grandfather Frank Lafferty, grandmother Betty Talley Adair, brothers Cullen Machac and his wife Madison, Luke Horton, sisters Savannah and Shelby Horton, nieces Ella and Emersyn Machac, aunt and uncles David and Lucreta Fike, Mike and Cathy Steinhauser, Chester and Suki Steinhauser, Terri Hefner, Willie and Jamie Steinhauser, Jeff and Stephanie Steinhauser, Brad and Mary Lafferty, Jack Adair, and Randy and Kathy Adair Walker. He is also survived by his cousins AJ and Staci, DeAnn and Chris, Heather and Eric, Brendan and Randan, Annie and Brian, Nick, Megan and Lucas, Katy and David, Ted and Renee, Rachel, Alex, Lillie, Chip, Emma, James, Casey, and Nicole. He is also survived by his extended family Bernadine Kainer, BJ Meyer Terry, and Lori Janecka.

Pallbearers are Nick Steinhauser, Ryan Kellis, Tyler Kellis, James Lafferty, Charles Grant, Tanner Mitchan, Cullen Machac and Chris Hooper.

A visitation for Karl will be Friday, June 4, 2021 starting at 2:00 PM at Smith Funeral Home in Flatonia, Texas. A rosary will be recited for Karl at 7:00 PM on Friday, June 4, 2021 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flatonia, Texas. A funeral mass will be Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 10:00 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flatonia, Texas with Father Gabriel Maison and Rev. Jeff Muehl officiating. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Flatonia, Texas.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at

Smith Funeral Home - 128 East 5th Street Flatonia, Tx 78941 Phone #361-865-3311


  • Kayla (Adair) Steinhauser, Wife
  • RJ Steinhauser (fiance Susan Ivey), Father
  • Susan (Fike) Steinhauser, Mother (deceased)
  • Greg and Stephanie Lafferty Adair, Father and Mother-in-law
  • Helen Steinhauser, Grandmother
  • Otto Steinhauser, Grandfather (deceased)
  • Frank Lafferty, Grandfather
  • Betty Talley Adair, Grandmother
  • JC and Bessie Fike, Grandparents (deceased)
  • Cullen Machac (Madison), Brother
  • Luke Horton, Brother
  • Savannah Horton, Sister
  • Shelby Horton, Sister
  • Ella Machac, Niece
  • Emersyn Machac, Niece
  • David Fike (Lucreta), Uncle
  • Mike Steinhauser (Cathy), Uncle
  • Chester Steinhauser (Suki), Uncle
  • Terri Hefner, Aunt
  • Thomas Hefner, Uncle (deceased)
  • Willie Steinhauser (Jamie), Uncle
  • Jeff Steinhauser (Stephanie), Uncle
  • Brad Lafferty (Mary), Uncle
  • Jack Adair, Uncle
  • Randy Walker (Kathy Adair), Uncle
  • James Allen Fike, Uncle (deceased)
  • AJ and Staci, Cousins
  • DeAnn and Chris, Cousins
  • Heather and Eric, Cousins
  • Brendan and Randan, Cousins
  • Annie and Brian, Cousins
  • Nick, Cousin
  • Megan and Lucas, Cousins
  • Katy and David, Cousins
  • Ted and Renee, Cousins
  • Rachel, Cousin
  • Alex, Cousin
  • Lillie, Cousin
  • Chip, Cousin
  • Emma, Cousin
  • James, Cousin
  • Casey, Cousin
  • Nicole, Cousin
  • Karl is also survived by his extended family Bernadine Kainer, BJ Meyer Terry and Lori Janecka.

  • Nick Steinhauser
  • Ryan Kellis
  • Tyler Kellis
  • James Lafferty
  • Charles Grant
  • Tanner Mitchan
  • Cullen Machac
  • Chris Hooper



  • Visitation

    Friday, June 4, 2021

  • Rosary

    Friday, June 4, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Saturday, June 5, 2021


  • Burial


Karl Josef Steinhauser

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Carolyn West

June 14, 2021

I was so sorry to hear about Karl. He was a good and kind student. I enjoyed having him in my class. The pictures you posted are wonderful. Sincere condolences to the Steinhauser family.

Terri Hefner

June 4, 2021

Karl was a wonderful nephew and an even better grandson. Prayers of peace and comfort for Kayla, my brother RJ and both their families.

Louis and Dora Martinez

June 4, 2021

Our deepest condolences to you and all your family.
Words cannot describe your loss. We are Praying for Peace, Strength and Comfort . We Love you and all your family .

Linda Hunt

June 3, 2021

R J I'm so sorry, you have my sincerest condolences. Karl was a sweet, caring, kind hearted young man and he will be missed. I didn't see him often but when I did he always touched my heart. God bless you and help you with the hard days ahead.

Elaine Monaghan

June 1, 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with the beautiful Steinhauser family. Karl was an amazing young man. May God wrap his healing arms around you.

Paul & Linda Beale

June 1, 2021

Our sincere sympathies.

Allison Bastien

June 1, 2021

I never wanted to write these words down for you Karl, if love alone could of saved you, you'd still be with us. I was always so proud of the man you have become. You were one of Blake's first heroes and I'm forever grateful for the sweet memories he has of you. I know your soul is at peace, please give your sweet momma a hug.

Glenda Collard

June 1, 2021

I’m heart broken. Karl was such a sweet, gentle young man. We first met him. RJ and Sue when Sue was in the heart transplant program with my son Josh Collard. Karl would play his guitar and sing us through some very hard times! I just love this family and sorely miss my dear friend Sue. My love to RJ and family. I know the pain of losing a child.

Monica Stock

June 1, 2021

My heartfelt condolences to you during your loss!

The LORD bless you and keep you!
The LORD let his face shine upon you,
and be gracious to you!
The LORD look upon you kindly and
give you peace! Numbers 6:24-26

Melissa Chavez

June 1, 2021

Karl was a good friend of mine. He had such an amazing soul and was one of the hardest worker i have ever met. It’s crazy to think you’re gone when you had just called me on FaceTimed last Saturday... I wish you were still here with us. Till we meet again Niño I love you so much 💛 ~ Your niña