Steinke, Jack

John Elmer (Jack) Steinke passed away peacefully on April 20, 2020 at the age of 84.
He leaves behind his son Robert (Gaye) and children Meredith and Corey; daughter Tammy (John) and children Jaclyn (Zack) and Jonathan (Nicci); and son Jeffery (Janice) and his children Carly and Taylor; great-granddaughters Nora and Josie; sister-in-law Esther Dodd of Sault Ste. Marie; as well as many nephews and nieces.
Jack was predeceased by his wife Arleen; son Patrick; parents Walter and Adeline; brothers Jim, Bob and Pete; and special sister-in-law Roberta Jeffery.
Jack was born February 7, 1936 in Birmingwood, Wisconsin. He graduated from high school in Chisholm, Minnesota and after attending college he moved to the International Falls/Fort Frances area for employment opportunities. He and Arleen met and were married December 9, 1955. They were married for over 62 years and they raised their family together in Fort Frances.
Jack worked with his father on mining ventures at various locations eventually establishing the Rainy Lake Mining Company. Together they built the original Reef Point Road from the railroad tracks to iron ore deposits they had prospected and Jacks parents were one of the early cabin owners on Reef Point. When this venture proved unprofitable Jack moved on to other opportunities which included working at the Fort Frances pulp and paper mill. He went on to become a field service worker for Family and Children’s Services for 25 years covering many remote northern communities as far as Hudson Bay. He was a charter member and president of the local Association of Community Living and was an early advocate for improved programs for the districts special needs population.
Jack loved the outdoors and was an accomplished hunter and fisherman. He was most at home at his camp on Sawbill Lake where he could fish and hunt to his heart’s content. He operated a bear guiding service right up to the final year of his life and loved the opportunity to interact with natures beauty.
Jack was most talented working with his hands from building a house from the ground up or repairing a vehicle. He was always willing to help others out with his skills when they needed assistance. Jack was also an accomplished stone mason and left a legacy of elaborate stone works and beautiful fireplaces across the district.
Following Jacks wishes there will be no funeral service and a private family burial will take place at a later date.
Rest in Peace dear Father, Grandfather, Great-grandfather and friend.
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