John F. Stenberg

October 19, 1939August 7, 2013

John F. Stenberg West Des Moines

John F. Stenberg, 73, died August 7, 2013 at the Taylor House of Unity Point Hospice. A private family burial will be held on Saturday, August 10, 2013 at Resthaven Cemetery with his nephew, Father Christopher Ballard, officiating. Family will greet friends from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday for a Memorial Gathering at the Raccoon River Park Nature Lodge, 2500 Grand Ave., West Des Moines, IA.

John was born in Brooklyn, New York to John J. and Corinne Kelly Stenberg. John and his family moved to Des Moines when he was 13 and has lived here ever since. He graduated from the University of Iowa where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.

John had a long and successful career in the mechanical contracting industry. He served as the president of Stroh Corporation and the Mechanical Contractors Association of Iowa before retiring.

John loved life, his family, and his friends to the end. He was married to his loving wife, Cindy, for 31 years, and was involved in the lives of all his four children and eight grandchildren of whom he was so proud.

John was a man of great strength. He fought through his recent health issues with rare courage and determination, all the while maintaining his trademark sense of humor. We will all remember him as the man who could light up a room with his big personality and the ease with which he made friends everywhere he went.

John is survived by his wife, Cindy (Sellers); son, John (Stefanie) Stenberg; daughters, Wendy Stenberg, Susan (Jason) Hughes, and Kiley Stenberg; grandchildren, Kaylee, Luke, Nate and Cameryn Stenberg, Jared and Jacob Chmelka, and David and Blair Hughes; sister, Pamela Ballard; his many beloved nieces, nephews, and in-laws; and his loyal dog, Rudy. He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests any memorial contributions be made to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa or the Taylor House of Unity Point Hospice.


  • Memorial Gathering Saturday, August 10, 2013

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David Wagler

August 13, 2013

Cindy and family, I am sorry to hear of John's passing. I always enjoyed being around him, and had a great time serving with him on the Good Fellowship Board. May you find strenght and comfort in this difficult time.

August 10, 2013

I knew John for what I believed to be my entire life and treasured his friendship.
Apparently we were 13 when we met in D.M. His sense of humor and engaging personality were contagious. Many stories could be told of John and all of his many friends. Great times together.
Fritz Keefner

Brad Riccio

August 10, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this sad time. We will remember John as the character we always enjoyed. He always had something to say. Brad & Toma Riccio and Family, Peoria Arizona

August 10, 2013

Our deepest sympathy, our thoughts and prayers are with your family. God Bless.
Greg and Jodie Seaton

David Brommel

August 10, 2013

I will always the memories of talking to John about my Dad. John was the type of person that once you met him, he never forgot you. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. RIP John.

Steph Anderson

August 10, 2013

John, Stef and Family- Sorry to hear of your Father's passing. Much love and prayers. Steph ( Clothier) Anderson and Family


August 9, 2013

So sad to hear this!
I always liked John. He was a great boss to me while working at Stroh. I had the opportunity of running into him years down the road again when he was doing consulting work at the new crime lab in Ankeny. It had been well over a decade since I seen him last but he sure remembered me, and I remembered him. He came up to me with a big handshake and "how have you been"?
To his family; always remember that he was a great guy, I always liked talking to him!
May he rest in peace.

Al Pruitt

August 9, 2013

I am very sorry to hear of Johns death. I have thought of him often. He was one of those people that everybody love to be around. My prayers are with you and your family.

Traci and Jeff Koeppel

August 9, 2013

Dear Cindy and Family,
We will always cherish the memories of John and his beautiful Family at the Mechanical Contractor Conventions. We all had so much fun on the dance floor.
We remember the time that John and friends drove their Harleys onto the dance floor dressed in full Harley regalia at Eagle Ridge in Galena.
John had a kind word and a smile for everyone he greeted.
Heaven is getting a great guy!

Pamela Larson

August 9, 2013

Mike and I send you love and tender thoughts, Cindy and family.