John R Stieneker

Born: Mon., Jan. 5, 1942
Died: Sun., Apr. 14, 2019

Recitation of the Rosary

3:30 PM Wed., Apr. 17, 2019
Location: Murphy-Parks Funeral Home


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Apr. 17, 2019
Location: Murphy-Parks Funeral Home

Mass of Christian Burial

10:30 AM Thu., Apr. 18, 2019
Location: St. Joseph Catholic Church

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 John R. Stieneker, 77, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, April 14, 2019 at St. Francis Hospital.

  He was born January 5, 1942 in Huntingburg, IN. to Russell W. and Dorothea M. (Eckstein) Stieneker.

  He married Karen S. Hirschauer on April 18, 1960, and she survives.

  He is also survived by his son, Troy D. Stieneker (Jill); daughter, Laura Stieneker-Taylor (Bill), all of Shelbyville; grandsons, Dustin Stieneker, of Oregon; Tyler Stieneker, of Greenwood; Granddaughter, Lucy Ann Furiak, of Shelbyville; great-granddaughter, Emery Jean Stieneker; brothers, Phillip Stieneker (Billie); Joseph Stieneker (Ann); sister, Catherine Creel, all of Shelbyville; beloved Aunt, Loretta Eckstein, of Shelbyville; numerous nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Ruby.

  John was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.  He was a lifetime member of the ATA and Knights of Columbus Council 822, and a member of the 4th degree Vincent Bacquelin Assembly #2693.

  He graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1959. In 1961, he joined Local 73, which is now Local 440, Plumbers and Steam Fitters of the United States and Canada. He then completed instructor training at Purdue University and became an instructor for Local 440 Apprenticeship Program of Plumbers and Steam Fitters.    He was a business agent for Local 440 until his retirement in 2004.  He had been an active member of Local 440 for 58 years.

  John was director of the Columbus Gun Club.  He was also a proctor for the State of Indiana for the Plumbing Commission.  John received the Sagamore of the Wabash award in 2003.

  He was an avid outdoorsman.  He and his dogs were the neighborhood watchmen, as well as the neighborhood characters.  He was an accomplished trap shooter.  He was also active in the Shelby County Democratic Party.

   Visitation will be Wednesday, April 17, 2019 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN 46176.  The rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m.

 A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 125 E. Broadway Street, Shelbyville, with Father Mike Keucher officiating.

  Burial will be in St. Vincent Cemetery.

  Memorial contributions may be given to Shelby County Habitat for Humanity, P O Box 274, Shelbyville, IN. 46176.

  Funeral Directors, Greg, Sheila, and Stuart Parks are honored to serve the Stieneker family.

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Julia Davis (Elston)
   Posted Mon April 15, 2019
Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. John and Karen were the best neighbors I could ever dream of, you are family! John watched over Shelby and I like a protective father/grandfather. He always left Valentines in our mailbox. He was proud of being the neighborhood "character"! My heart is heavy. Such a good man!!!

J.D. Lux
   Posted Tue April 16, 2019
John was dedicated to his family, his faith, and the cause of the working men and women that he represented as a leader in organized labor. He also cared about good government and transparency when decisions were being made by elected leaders. I enjoyed his friendship and will miss him. RIP, John.

Joseph Schott
   Posted Tue April 16, 2019
I'm very sorry to hear of John's passing. John, such a good great man. I knew John to be only a strong, honest, and hard working man. He promoted his beliein an honest days wage for and honest days labor. He was very true to both beliefs. May God's blessings be with him, as he enters his final reward and may be watch over his family, immediate and extended.

Ben Ramsey
   Posted Tue April 16, 2019
Working men and women in Indiana are better off as a result of the good works of John Stieneker. Good man! Good life! Helped make the world a better place.

Sherri and Greg Sweet
   Posted Tue April 16, 2019
My dear friends, I am so very sorry for your loss. We love you guys and are praying for you!

Larry Lambert
   Posted Tue April 16, 2019
I am a classmate of John and was sadden to hear of his passing.
Karen, you and your family are in my prayers

Roger Miller
   Posted Tue April 16, 2019
I believe John was a great man.He was a true friend to me and my dad,and I always valued his advice.I will miss him in this world.Rest in Peace,Brother.

Shawn Babcock
   Posted Tue April 16, 2019
I and my family are new to the neighborhood, but in that short time we considered John and Karen to be family friend's. John would always stop by the barn to chat and see what new project I was working on, John was always in a cheerful mood and would talk with my son about what abraham was up to today. I wish I could have gotten to spend more time getting to know John for the man he was. RIP John you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers, I will miss hearing the mule pull up to the barn.

QPH Quality Plumbing & Heating -Greensburg & Kokomo
   Posted Tue April 16, 2019
Deepest Sympathy
QPH Quality Plumbing & Heating

A Memorial contribution has been made to Shelby County Habitat for Humanity in Honor of John.

Dean Warren, Local 697..661..440
   Posted Tue April 16, 2019
Stieneker family.....sorry for your loss. A good man gone....

Pam Sande
   Posted Tue April 16, 2019
We are so sorry to hear of your loss! He was a loving and kind man who will be miss by many. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. We wish we could be there to show our respect. Love and hugs, Pam, Chris, Helen, and William Sande

Jeff Dew
   Posted Wed April 17, 2019
God bless John and the Steineker family. May you be lifted up with God's presence during this trying time.

Louella Hirschauer
   Posted Wed April 17, 2019

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by C. Y. and Patricia Kim .

We are so sorry for your loss take comfort in knowing we are praying for you and your family. May God bless you. C. Y. and Patricia Kim & CRAM Worldwide board of trustees and staff

Wesley Harris
   Posted Wed April 17, 2019
So sorry to hear of Johns passing. I have known John since I was an apprentice in the sixties.He was an inspiration to everyone he met. Epitomized what a unoin man should stand for. You certainly made our Plumbers and Steamfitters Local # 440 stand out. Thank you John.

Steve and Renee Gardner, Sharon Winzenread
   Posted Wed April 17, 2019
We are so sorry for your loss. John was a wonderful person. Thinking of all of you.

David Lawson
   Posted Wed April 17, 2019
So sad to hear of johns passing, was a wonderful man , and great member of 440 one of my favorite superintendent ,ever on job , had the upmost respect for him, and his family great people , troy, nephews matt, and bobbie all hold great memories ,praying for his family , a loss to this world

Dave kijovsky
   Posted Thu April 18, 2019
Carol and I send our condolences to the entire Stieneker family . John was a good man from a great family . He will be missed .

   Posted Thu April 18, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. And on behalf of all the members of Shelby County Players, I send you their deepest sympathy as well.

Karl A. Long
   Posted Thu April 18, 2019
John ,my friend ,teacher, & mentor was the best union person I have ever met in my 50 years of union membership , he is probably upstairs organizing a"sit in" after another hard days work where barstool philosophy would intersect with compassion & integrity. RIP John with many thoughts & prayers to the entire Stieneker family.

Patrick Ault
   Posted Fri April 19, 2019
So sorry to hear Johns passing. Spent time with him at the Knights of Columbus and St. Joseph functions. Very good man. Strength and prayers to the family.

Brian K. Ernstes
   Posted Thu April 25, 2019
Miss Karen, Mother told me about Mr John, this morning.
I send my heart felt condolences for yourself, Laura, and the
the rest of the Stieneker clan. May God bless and keep you.

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