October 1, 2013


Melvin "Bud" Steinkamp, 91, of Arcadia died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 at the Carroll Health Center Nursing Home in Carroll.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 at St. John's Catholic Church in Arcadia. The Celebrant will be Fr. Gary Snyder. Mass Servers will be Jason Berg and Colin Johnson. Music will be Sandy Wells, along with Darlene Leiting and the St. John's Choir. Lectors for the funeral mass will be Diana Hoogestraat and Russ Steinkamp. Gift Bearers will be: Sarah Wirtz, Heather Hedrick, Jennifer Miner, Kari Steinkamp, and Katie Haukap. Eucharistic Ministers will be: Diana Hoogestraat and Russ and Mary Jo Steinkamp. Honorary Casket Bearers will be: Sarah Wirtz, Heather Hedrick, Jennifer Miner, Kari Steinkamp, and Katie Haukap. Casket Bearers will be: Christopher Hoogestraat, Ryan Steinkamp, Dan Wernimont, Terry Eich, Randy Eich, Mark Evers, Dustin Eisenbacher and Tyler Eisenbacher.

Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Arcadia.

Visitiation will begin at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll, where there will be a Rosary at 5 p.m. and a christian wake service by St. John's Parish at 7 p.m.

Memorials may be left at the funeral home or church for St. John's Parish or the Kuemper Catholic Schools Foundation.

Online Condolences for Melvin's family may be left at www.sharpfuneral.com.

Born on Oct. 28, 1921 in Mt. Carmel, Iowa, Melvin was the third eldest child of Frank and Emma (Damm) Steinkamp. He spent his early childhood at Mt. Carmel until the family moved to their farm near Arcadia. Melvin attended St. John's School and then began helping his father with the farm operation. On May 22, 1945, he married Bernice Wolterman at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Breda. The couple made their home on their farm east of Arcadia. Bud had a passion for farming, being a great steward of the land; he received an award from the Iowa Soil Conservation for being one of the first farmers to implement terrace farming within his operation. In 1998, Bud and Bernice moved from the country into their new home in the Arcadia community. Bud's interest in his land never waned; however, he made daily visits to his farm. His family brought him great joy, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In March of 2013, followed the passing of his beloved wife of 67 years, Bud became a resident of the Carroll Health Center Nursing Home in Carroll where he enjoyed the entire staff. Melvin was a member of St. John's Parish in Arcadia.

Survivors include his daughter: Diana Hoogestraat and her husband Tom of Glenwood; his son: Russ Steinkamp and his wife Mary Jo of Carroll; his grandchildren: Christopher (Nancy) Hoogestraat of Warrensburg, Mo., Sarah (Josh) Wirtz of Nev., Heather (Shawn) Hedrick of Cambridge, Jennifer (John) Miner of Altoona, Kari Steinkamp of Coralville, Katie (Tom) Haukap of Carroll, and Ryan Steinkamp (fiancé Dani Pille) of Carroll; 8 great-grandchildren: Aiden Hoogestraat, Tyler and Charli Wirtz, Rhett, Grayson, and Crew Hedrick; Natalie and Madelyn Miner; his sisters: Virginia Wernimont of Atlantic, Leota Eich of Ogden, and Neva Whitaker of Orange, Calif.; his in-laws: Gladys Steinkamp of Arcadia, Darlene (Roger) Koster of Elkader, Millie McCoy of Fonda, Rita Wolterman of Adams, Minn., Lucy Wolterman of Jefferson, and Arlene (Denis) Alspach of Carroll; as well as many nieces, nephews, and other extended relatives.

Melvin was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Bernice in 2012; his sister, Cleone Evers; and his brothers: Merlin, Ray, and Lorne Steinkamp.