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James Merril Steinke

James Merril Steinke

James Merril Steinke, 64, died with family by his side on January 8th, 2017 at the Fargo VA hospital after a 2 year battle against lymphoma.

Jim was on born March 21st 1952 in Devils Lake, North Dakota to Merril and Nina Steinke. He and his family lived in Devils Lake, and Bordulac, North Dakota before moving to Park Rapids, Minnesota in 1959. He went to school and graduated from Park Rapids High School in 1970.

Jim attended college at the University of Minnesota in Crookston where he joined the Army ROTC. He spent 1974-1976 serving at Fiori Kaserne in Aschaffenburg, Germany. After returning he attended school at Moorhead State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in 1979. After graduating from college he enlisted in the Army National Guard and served until the mid-1980s.

Jim lived with his family in Montevideo, MN from the mid-1980s until around 2002. From that time until he was moved to the Fargo VA's hospice in November 2016 he lived in Minneapolis. He was employed by the Minneapolis VA Medical Center until he retired to focus on his treatment in January 2016.

Jim was a man of few words but was a proud veteran and liked to reminisce about his time spent in Germany. He would also tell anyone who'd listen about his granddaughters while showing off photos of them. He was a shutterbug and left his family piles of photos of everyone and everything. Another favorite past time was trying and sharing with his family new and odd foods. He also enjoyed gardening.

Jim is survived by his sons, David (Sarah) Stone of Moorhead, MN, and Ryan Steinke of Osage, MN, granddaughters, Sylvia and Eliza Stone of Moorhead, his sisters, Elaine Senechal of Drake, ND, Patricia (Elliot) Annette of Chaska, MN, brothers-in-law, Bruce Patton of Park Rapids, MN, and Tom Grau of Newell, IA, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by; his parents, three sisters, Cheryl Grau, Judith Patton, and an unnamed infant, brother-in-law, Roland Senechal, and nephew Bruce Senechal.

Jim made arrangements prior to his death to bequeath his body to the University of North Dakota's Medical School to serve one more time in the war against cancer. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 24th, 2017 at the Gooseberry Park in Moorhead, MN. The service will begin at 11:30 followed by a luncheon.