October 3, 1963 – February 10, 2018
Gary J. Steiger, 54, of Atlanta, Ga., passed away on February 10, 2018. Funeral services are scheduled for Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 2 p.m. CT, at Bayview Fisher Pou Chapel in Pensacola, Fla. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service; a reception will follow the service. Gary was born in New Jersey in 1963 and he and his family moved to Pensacola when he was 6 years old. Gary was brought up in the Lutheran Faith and was confirmed in that faith at Grace Lutheran Church, Pensacola, FL. He became an Eagle Scout at age 13. His Eagle Scout project was the Pensacola Historical Trail in downtown Pensacola. He also achieved the Pro Deo et Patria Award. Gary graduated from W.J. Woodham High School with academic honors. He graduated from North Carolina State University with a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Pulp and Paper and Chemical Engineering. Gary was loved by anyone who knew him. He had a wonderful laugh, a sincere smile, and gave comforting bear hugs. His sister Linda’s daughters, Jena and Cara, knew the love of those hugs well. Gary loved his family and he especially adored his nieces. He danced at Jena’s wedding and he planned to dance at Cara’s wedding in March. He loved visiting his family in Pensacola. Christmas was a special time for him and his family, when Christmas Eve was spent making Cheese Fondue and Meat Fondue, a great deal of fun and laughter. Last Christmas’s Dirty Santa’s gift exchange brought a lot of joy to the entire family. He loved his many friends. He enjoyed preparing his authentic cheese fondue and a few other signature dishes for them. He enjoyed meeting with friends at favorite restaurants Apre’ Diem, Tasty China and George’s. He loved the Big Green Egg and good steaks. He loved being with his friends and they loved being with them. He travelled internationally, since a lot of family was on the other side of the ocean and he had a special bond with them. His two Omas (grandmothers) were close to his heart, aunts and uncles and cousins as well. His fun travels through the hashers took him to New Zealand, the Pyramids and Ireland. Argentina and Hawaii were other destinations. He had a love for Einstein, the Far Side, Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, and Monty Python. He loved the Tick and Berkeley Breathed cartoons. He loved Tom Petty. He loved hashing, Halloween and costumes. He is survived by his parents, John and Margot Steiger, his sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Gary Reed, his nieces, Jena and her husband Luca Triennese, Cara and her husband Seth Hodges. His Uncle Bruno with Marlene und Gundi, his Aunt Gundi with Jo in Germany and a host of cousins in Switzerland. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Grace Lutheran Church in Pensacola, FL or the Boy Scouts of America, Gulf Coast Council Pensacola Bay District.
- John Steiger, Father
- Margot Steiger, Mother
- Linda (Gary) Reed, Sister
- Jena (Luca) Triennese, Niece
- Cara (Seth) Hodges, Niece
- Bruno (Marlene) Mueller, Uncle
- Gundi Bongard, Aunt
- Host of cousins in Switzerland and Germany
- Grace Lutheran Church
- Boy Scouts of America
- Visitation Sunday, March 18, 2018
- Memorial Service Sunday, March 18, 2018
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Becky Butler Gammon
April 14, 2018
Dear Mr and Mrs Steiger, Linda and family,
I send my deepest condolences for your loss of Gary. As I only knew him as a child, he grew to achieve and explore many wonderful accomplishments and adventures. The beautiful video tribute is a testimony to this.
Being a close childhood friend with Linda, my fond memories of Gary is how he watched silly TV shows with us, during our summer breaks. Gilligan's Island, I Love Lucy, and others....and we'd just laugh and laugh. Plus, he endured our playing with Barbies, but I believe he had some GI Joe's to join in. Gary was always such a good sport, and I don't ever remember any complaining on his part.
I know all of you terribly miss your wonderful son, brother and uncle. I'm so sorry that I was unable to attend Gary's memorial service. All of you are in my daily thoughts and prayers.
Becky Butler Gammon
March 16, 2018
My name is Gary Silk and I worked with Gary at STEGO from 2004 through 2012. In fact Gary taught me a lot about the thermal management products business. He was always a ready source for a certain formula or an obscure technical detail that a customer asked about.
Gary spent a week traveling with my wife Joann and I in Tuscany after one of the annual STEGO management meetings. We enjoyed his company and his zeal for travel.
My wife and I were shocked to hear of Gary’s passing. He was much too young and had much to much to much to offer this world to leave it so soon. We offer our condolences to Gary’s family and want to let you know that we think of Gary often. While we are unable to attend the Memorial service, we offer our prayers for all who grieve his passing. He was a good man and he will be missed. I am sure he is resting in peace with God.
Gary & Johanna Silk