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Bruce E. Steinke

Bruce E. Steinke, 96, Woodstock, died Oct. 9, 2013, at JourneyCare Hospice Inpatient Unit, Woodstock.

He was born Sept. 8, 1917, in Woodstock to Herman and Louise (Higel) Steinke. 

An avid amateur short-wave radio operator, he received his first operator license at the age of 14.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

On June 7, 1942, he married Evelyn Fincannon in Pawhuska, Oklahoma.

He worked for the U.S. Post Office in Woodstock for 37 years, retiring in 1975 as assistant postmaster. He was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, where he served as a Sunday school teacher, head usher and on the finance committee. He served on the former District 72 School Board for 13 years.  He was a member of the McHenry Wireless Club and the Northern Illinois DX Association.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Julie Fee, Woodstock; a son, Terry, San Francisco; and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials can be sent to JourneyCare online at

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