John Steimel

John Steimel

Monday, August 28th, 1978 - Wednesday, November 18th, 2020
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Mr. John Joseph Steimel, age 42, of Columbia, Mo., passed away on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at the University of Missouri Hospital.

John was born on August 28, 1978 in St. Louis, Mo., the son of Donald H. and Ethel F. (Anchell) Steimel.

A lifelong resident of the Central Missouri area, John grew up in Maryland Heights, Mo., until his father transferred to Von Hoffman in Jefferson City, Mo. John was a 1996 graduate of Kirchner State School in Jefferson City. For the last 12 years, John lived at Woodhaven in Columbia, Mo.

John participated in the Jefferson City Special Olympics where he enjoyed bowling. John always looked forward to the once a month Friday Night Recreational Dances

John was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, MU Tigers, and Kansas City Chiefs. He was a supporter of Jay’s basketball, and was even honored as their #1 fan for his faithful attendance. He enjoyed watching the Food Network and various game shows such as The Price is Right, Press Your Luck and most recently, Family Feud. John found peace in listening to poetry and being outdoors. He would often open his poetry book to random pages to have his friend, Jeff read to him. As a boy, most Saturdays, John, his sister and Dad would go to McDonald’s for a breakfast sandwich and juice, and head to Runge Nature Center. There, they walked the trails until they found a bench to enjoy their breakfast and watch as deer would stroll by. He also had a love for going fishing and swimming.

John enjoyed staying busy and going on car rides and especially loved seeing cows, to which he would always point and exclaim, “dirty!” Some of his favorite places to go were to any restaurant to eat with his family, MU games, Camp Wonderland, parties hosted by Woodhaven and book stores. He really liked to go anywhere they handed out free pamphlets, they were great for filling his pockets.

John was truly one of a kind, and he brought happiness and laughter to everyone around him. Some of their favorite memories were when John showed up to school, proudly showing off a large amount of cash in his wallet that he had confiscated from his mom, him always attempting to “fix” things, and his pockets full of treasures. John was a gift to all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include: three siblings, Phillip Steimel of St. Charles, Mo., Sharon Crocker (husband Chris) of St. Martins, Mo., and Susan Dickson (husband, Vernon) of Jefferson City, Mo; two nieces, Jessica Crocker and Ashley Steimel; one nephew, Cory Crocker (wife, Blaine); his beloved great-nieces, Rylee and Brenna Bock; and great-nephew, Weston Crocker.

John was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

Visitation will be held at Freeman Mortuary from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Monday, November 23, 2020. The family is requesting that those in attendance wear their favorite MU, Cardinals or KC Chiefs attire in honor of John. Anyone is welcome and encouraged to wear personal masks or other personal protective equipment while in attendance.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Woodhaven in Columbia, Mo., 1405 Hathman Place, Columbia, MO 65201

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.
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Susan Parsons

Posted at 02:17pm
Sharon, I am very sorry to hear that your brother, John, has passed. I didn’t know him, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading your memories of him. It sounds like he was full of life and a joy to be around! Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Susan Parsons

Lori Sedlacek

Posted at 02:02pm
Sharon please know that my prayers and love go out to you and your family. John is now walking the streets of Heaven and possibly talking to my Mom who was called home on 11/14/2020. They are both looking upon God's beautiful face as He welcome's them to their home he has prepared for them. Our memories will help us through the loss of our loved ones. God bless you all!

Barbara Stahlman

Posted at 08:41pm
Susan and Sharon, I was so sad when I heard that John had died. I will always remember his smile! He was a joy to be around! What I remember of John besides the fun times at school, was that he was really into the portable radios with the headphones. But sadly, he was hard on them. Your Mom always tried to keep extras on hand so they could be easily replaced. And at times we would go shopping from store to store to find them as they got harder to find. May you remember all the fun times you had with your brother. And may God give you peace. I am praying for you and the rest of the family. Barb Stahlman

Ron & Lana Coleman

Posted at 08:50am
You will be missed John, especially at our Thanksgiving dinners. You were always so hungry for that turkey.
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