On Thursday September 9, 2021, Ronald William Steeneck, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather passed away at the age of 86. He was surrounded by loved ones.
Ron was born on June 6, 1935, in Salt Lake City, Utah to William John Steeneck and Florence Dora Barfuss. He grew up with his sister Annette and Allan Steeneck. As a teen he enjoyed riding his motor scooter, do body and fender work on cars and mostly teasing his sister. He graduated from South High School, but never attended a class there. He went to SLCC vocational school, for body and fender on automobiles. He always enjoyed working with the cars.
He met his sweetheart, Jacquelyn Barnett and they married Aug 19, 1954. They have been married for 67 years. They started a family, complete with 6 children which has grown into a family of 22 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren. As a family they loved camping, boating, hunting, fishing, and barbecues, and monthly family nights and family temple sessions for 26 years.
Being a kind and dependable father was of utmost importance to Ron and he certainly did not disappoint when it came to wholeheartedly loving his family. He is remembered by his children as being forgiving, caring yet firm in his beliefs, expectations, and wonderful example. He would teach in the car, math, and memory games. He knew how to play and joke around. He had fun and made things fun for others. He was a strong, caring man who honored his word, he was someone you could count on. He taught us to love and serve people. He always made time for family, even giving up things that he loved so he could have time for us. He was a great example and teacher on how to be self-sufficient. He was an example of integrity in areas of his life and committed to worthy endeavors. He taught us to not quit when things become difficult, and to always give more than you take. He lived what he believed, helped others, worked hard, and played hard, and made us feel like we could do anything.
When you saw dad, you always knew you would get some teasing, a side butt kick, and huge bear hugs. Dad gave great hugs. He would always ask, “what can I do to help you?”
He also loved God. He was faithful in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in the stake and ward MIA, Elders Quorum and Sunday School. He was a High Counselor and was the Stake Patriarch for 28 years. He served as a temple worker for over 12 years. Dad had a great love for his Country. He served in the Air National Guard for 33 years. He retired from State Farm Insurance after 40 years.
He will be missed by all.
In addition to his wife, Jacquelyn Barnett Steeneck, Ronald is survived by his children, Cindy (Jeff) Fortie, Sandy Steeneck, Ronda (Carl) Gundestrup, Russell (Wendy) Steeneck, Gloria (Allen) Day, Douglas (Annette) Steeneck, 22 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren and his brother Allan Steeneck, and his brother-in-law, Blain Huntington. He was preceded in passing by his parents, William John Steeneck and Florence Dora Barfuss, and his sister Annette (Huntington), and sister-in-law Madge (Terry) Steeneck.
The family would like to express their sincerest appreciation to the staff and care givers at The Ashford Assisted Living and Inspiration Hospice for their incredible care and service to Ron and the family.
Funeral Services will be held at Noon on Friday, September 17, 2021 at the Crescent Park 4th Ward, 10885 Pampas Drive in Sandy. A viewing will be held at the same location Thursday evening from 6-8pm, as well as one hour prior to the funeral services on Friday.
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