–Bill, 86, died of heart failure on Sunday, September 6,
2015. Bill is survived by his wife of 60 years, Doneva (Fery)
Steinkamp; sons: Peter (Lynda), Edward (Wendy) & Alan
(Amy) Steinkamp; daughters: Patricia & Sandra Steinkamp,
Joyce (Chuck) Gibson, Karen (Larry) Hicks, Carol (Marvin)
Marcelo & Anna (Sean) Arquette; siblings: Vince (Darlene),
Sister Mary Julia & Zita
Steinkamp and 16 grandchildren. He is preceded by his son
Andrew and his brothers Leo and George.
was born on December 29, 1928 to Felix and Veronica Steinkamp
of Brooks, Oregon. He attended Sacred Heart Academy in Salem
and attended college at Gonzaga University. Bill delayed his
education to serve his country in the Korean War before
returning to Gonzaga to earn degrees in Mathematics and
Electrical Engineering. During
his career, he worked at GE, Lockheed, UTC, and FMC. While working at GE, Bill and a co-worker were awarded a
patent as inventors of the electronic fusion welding method
and apparatus, used in the fabrication of components for the
atomic energy and rocket fields.
enjoyed problem solving and was always willing to help others.
His garage was the one that neighbors came to when they
needed help or to borrow tools.
He particularly enjoyed keeping up with his widespread
family and friends by sending and receiving e-mails.
Bill was a generous man, dedicated husband, caring father, and doting grandfather.
He now rests in God's loving arms.
at North Santiam Funeral Service is on Thurs. Sept. 10th from
3-9 pm. Recitation of Rosary will be held on Thurs, Sept. 10th 7:30
pm , and Mass of Christian Burial will be on Fri. Sept. 11th at 2 pm
both services and interment will be held at St. Boniface
Church and Cemetery in Sublimity. In lieu of flowers,
contributions may be made to: National Alliance on Mental
Illness 4701 SE 24th Avenue, Suite E Portland, OR 97202.
Serving the family, North
Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.