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Richard James Steiner

February 25, 1936June 26, 2020

Richard James Steiner, Kingwood, Texas, 84 passed away On June 26th, 2020 in Kingwood, Texas. Dick was born February 25, 1936, in Davenport, Iowa, to Leroy H. and Margaret Barron Steiner, who preceded him in death in addition to his brothers Robert and Ronald, stepmother Marie, stepsister Delores Roberts and half sister Ruth Ann.

Richard is survived by his wife Judith Steiner of 60 years, sons: James Lee and wife Diane, David Scott and wife Maria, grandchildren, Sarah, Eric, Simony, Juliana, and Isabela. He also leaves one brother, Russell of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a sister Dorothy of Mount Vernon, Iowa, and one stepsister Harriet Meye of Davenport, Iowa.

Dick graduated from Mount Vernon High School (1954), Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, BS (1958), and the State University of Iowa, MS (1961) with his major interest in geology. After graduation, Dick served a hitch with the U.S. Army Reserves and then joined Humble Oil & Refining Co. (now ExxonMobil). During his 36 year career with the company, he had assignments in the exploration and production departments that took him to Houston, Baytown, Midland, Texas, and New Orleans and Lafayette, Louisiana. He was an active member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists over his career and at various times was a member of the local Geological Societies in Houston, Midland, New Orleans and Lafayette. He retired from ExxonMobil's Africa/Middle East Exploration group in Houston, Texas in 1998. In retirement, he worked at H & R Block one season and then as an AARP volunteer tax preparer thereafter.

In lieu of usual remembrances, the family respectfully requests donations be made on Dick's behalf to the charity of the donor's choice. Interment will be in the Mount Vernon Cemetery, Mount Vernon, Iowa.


  • Memorial Visitation

    Saturday, July 11, 2020


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Eric Steiner

July 11, 2020

Miss you and your stories.

David Bench

July 9, 2020

Dick and I worked together on a technology evaluation project in 1990. I was more than a few years Dick's junior. He was generous with his knowledge and good humor. I recall that he always carried one of those telescoping pointers in his shirt pocket, like a pen, that he would whip out on a moment's notice for an impromptu presentation or just to make a point. It's been some time since we lived in Kingwood, but for years after he retired, I'd run into Dick down at the hardware store or wherever. He was easy to spot buzzing around KW in that little Toyota pickup. Great guy!

Fred Weaver

July 6, 2020

Very sad to hear of Dick’s passing. Dick was a mentor to me when I left the Exxon research lab and went to work in operations in the Gulf of Mexico. Dick taught me more about mapping and production geology that I ever learned in school. What a giving and wonderful man. He and I worked together In exploration under Dick Myers for a couple of years in the gulf And then in regional assessments. Always jovial, never had a bad word for anyone. Always there to help in anyway he could. Prayers to his family.

Fred Weaver

Maria Steiner

July 2, 2020

Miss you so much!!!❤️

Simony Vanover

June 30, 2020

You will be truly missed grandpa! ❤️ I will forever cherish all the memories I have with you

Sarah Steiner

June 29, 2020

Grandpa had the best stories and the best advice. You're loved and missed 💚