Henry Steckler

Henry Steckler, 82, of Livingston, passed away Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, at the Livingston HealthCare Hospital. 

Viewing will be held Thursday, Jan. 27 at Franzen-Davis Funeral Home, 118 N. Third St. from noon to 5 p.m. A vigil prayer service will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 511 S. F St. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, Jan. 29, 11 a.m., at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Father Leo McDowell will celebrate the Mass. Graveside committal and burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Veteran’s honors will be provided by Park Post #23 American Legion and Army Active Duty Honors Team. Fellowship and luncheon will follow the burial at the St. Mary’s Catholic School gymnasium.

Memorials are preferred to St. Mary’s Catholic School, 511 S. F St., Livingston, MT 59047.

Henry was born on Aug. 27, 1933, in Elgin, North Dakota. He was the 10th of 11 children born to Alexander and Lena (Ehrmantrout) Steckler. He received his education in Glen Ullin, North Dakota.

On Dec. 29, 1952, Henry was united in marriage to Theresa Margaret Kobilansky, in Glen Ullin, North Dakota. This marriage was blessed with two children — son Randy and daughter Sandy. 

Henry and Theresa moved to Glendive, following their marriage. He and Theresa moved to Wahpeton, North Dakota, where Henry attended the Sheet Metal Program at the North Dakota School of Science.

Henry entered active military service in the United States Army on, May 17, 1958. He served his country in the Fifth Missile Battalion, the Sixth Artillery, 35th Infantry Division - APO 35, and as a missile tracking radar operator. He had attained the rank of E4. Henry was stationed in Germany during his stint in the Army. Following his active duty, he remained with the Army on reserve duty. He received an honorable discharge in February 1964.

Henry and Theresa later moved to Livingston, where Henry had been offered work, and in 1976, he started his own business, Park Sheet Metal, and operated it up to his retirement, and then some … They shared 56 years of marriage.

Of many of Henry’s great talents was his green thumb. He had a small garden that he kept — this small garden outproduced most, as he and Theresa would end up trying to give anyone they could fresh produce. They enjoyed playing cards, especially pinochle. He enjoyed dancing, bowling and throwing horseshoes.

He especially enjoyed spending time with his family, grandchildren and friends. Henry was a former member of the Moose Lodge in Livingston.

Henry was an honest and hardworking man. His motto was, “Always do the job your best the first time and you’ll never have to apologize for inferior quality.” Blessed be his memory.

Henry is survived by his son Randy Steckler; daughter Sandy Newby and her husband, Kirk; his grandchildren Cassidy and Jacob Schaefer, Giovanna Irish and her husband, Chase, and Allen Newby; brothers Michael, Peter, Anthony (Anna Mary) and John (Hannah) Steckler; sisters Maggie Hegel and Margaret Harvel; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Henry is preceded in death by his wife, Theresa M. (Kobilansky) Steckler, in 2009; and brothers Alex, Frank, Jake and Joseph Steckler.

Arrangements are under the care of Franzen-Davis Funeral Home and Crematory. Online condolences may be shared at www.franzen-davis.com.