Gilbert Steckler, 87, St. Henry

StecklerGilbert Steckler, 87, of St. Henry, died Wednesday (May 20) at his home. He was born in St. James April 18, 1928, to Henry and Josephine (Angermeier) Steckler. Het married Mary Gries October 16, 1948, in St. Wendel Catholic Church in St. Wendel..She died February 1, 2009.
Gilbert was a dairy farmer until his retirement in 1992. He was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church, Catholic Knights of America, and the National Farmers Organization. He and his wife were recipients of that organization’s Brute’ Award. He enjoyed horses, antique equipment, and family, especially the grandkids.
He is survived by nine sons, Allen and wife Martha, Jerry and wife Marsha, Dave and wife Linda, Greg and wife Julie, and Paul and Kenny Steckler, all of St. Henry, Mike and wife Margie and Mark and wife Colette all of Huntingburg, and Stan and wife Martha, Leopold. Eight daughters, Carol Jean Niehaus and husband David, Elaine Morris and husband John, and Janet Theiring and husband Nathan, all of Newburgh, Donna Dilger and husband Vernon, St. Wendel, Norma Blackgrove and husband Joe, Huntingburg, Karen Woodside and husband Garry, St. James, Linda Schwinghammer and husband Greg, St. Henry, and Lori Tischendorf and husband Terry, Santa Claus; three brothers, Joe, Harold and Donnie Steckler, all of St. James; six sisters, Margaret Ramse, Texas, Mary Seib, Huntingburg, Betty Lefler, Francisco, Patricia Jackson and Kathy Ising, both of Evansville, and Jean Martin, Newburgh; and 94 grandchildren and 97 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Melissa Steckler; two daughters-in-law, Margaret and Becky Steckler; three brothers, Edward, Oscar and Lewis Steckler; four sisters, Ester Gries, Sr. Mary Ester, Viola Scheller and Irma Bender. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Henry Church, the Monastery of Immaculate Conception or the St. Meinrad Monastery.
Services at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Henry Church. Friends may call from 8-10 Friday at the church.