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Carl H. Steeby


Carl H. Steeby

Carl H. Steeby

Jan. 9, 1925- Sept. 23, 2010

Carl H. Steeby, 85, of Ramsey, Ill., died Sept. 23, 2010, in Heritage Manor in Pana, Ill. He was born Jan. 9, 1925, in Altamont, Kan., the son of John and Gertrude Steeby.

Carl graduated from the University of Kansas in Lawrence with a degree in civil engineering. He served in the U.S. Navy from June 5, 1942, to Jan. 19, 1946. He was also in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in Alaska for several years.

After his time in the service, Carl and two of his friends went to Homer, where they each homesteaded a section of land, built a log cabin and brought everything in on their backs. He then returned to Kansas to go to college and then went back to Alaska.

In 1962 he moved to Harmony, Ark., Fayetteville, Ark., and Mission, Kan., before moving back to Alaska, where he went back to his previous job as an engineer at the Rob Reatherford Engineering Firm. Carl was instrumental in getting the Veterans Memorial Wall erected in Ramsey. He was also selected for the Honor's Flight to Washington, D.C.

Carl was a member of the First Baptist Church, Ramsey; Anderson-Scroggins American Legion Post 460, Ramsey; Ramsey Lions Club; and lifetime member of the VFW in Anchorage.

He married Dorothy Evelyn Gnad in November 1949. She preceded him in death in 1975. He then married Ilena Godwin on June 23, 1990, in Decatur, Ill.

Carl is survived by his wife, Ilena Steeby, of Ramsey; children: Maj. Kurt Raymond Steeby and wife, Jan, of El Paso, Texas; Candis Lee Cruz and husband, Miguel, of Wasilla; Ronald Robert Steeby of Fort Neches, Texas; and Sandra Jane Goldstein and husband, Jal, of New Mexico; stepchildren: Mark Lee Shelite and wife, Michele, of Herrick, Ill., and Laura Havrilka and husband Ron, of Pana, Ill.; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and brothers and sisters: Glenn Steeby and wife, Lucille, of Roswell, N.M.; Thelma Patterson and husband, Harold, of Colwich, Kan.; John Steeby and wife, Delores, of Chugiak; and Carole Patterson of Shenandoah, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Karen Sue Steeby; son Carl Henry Steeby, Jr.; and brother Raymond Leon Steeby.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, Ramsey or Anderson-Scroggins American Legion Post #460, Ramsey.

Funeral services were held Sept. 27 at the First Baptist Church, Ramsey, with Norris Price officiating. Burial will be in Tower Hill Cemetery with graveside military rites by Anderson-Scroggins American Legion Post 460, Ramsey.

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This article published in The Alaska Star on Thursday, September 30, 2010.