-- — Thomas L. Steinkamp, 64, Batesville, died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, at Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis.
Born Feb. 4, 1948, in Batesville, he was the son of Eileen (Flodder) and Harold Steinkamp. He married Edith Ertel May 23, 1970, at St. Louis Catholic Church.
Tom served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War and was a member of the Batesville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3183, Prell-Bland American Legion Post 271, Batesville Eagles Aerie 1130 and St. John’s United Church of Christ, Huntersville, where he served as a trustee.
Tom was the former of owner of Steinkamp Construction and would later become a long haul driver at the Hill-Rom Co. for 32 years. He logged over 3 million miles without an accident, although the kids aren’t quite sure how. Apparently, if it wasn’t a truck, his driving skills were a little suspect. They also teased him about his mowing, not how he mowed, but what he wore. Many will remember seeing him on his rider with shorts, black socks, a T-shirt, mask and goggles.
Tom had many interests, including golf, fishing and hunting, as well as a large collection of antique tools and milk bottles. He liked watching “American Pickers” and “Pawn Stars” and was a regular at McDonald’s coffee klatch in the morning. His family remembers Dad taking them boating on weekends when they were younger and that he was a pretty good cook. Evidently, he had a little issue with portion control so you had to bring your appetite. They joked about Tom’s taters and corn, but a favorite memory was French toast on Christmas morning.
He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law Beth and Ted Moorman, Greensburg, and Kate and Dusty Tekulve, Oldenburg; sons and daughters-in-law Eric and Jenn Steinkamp, Oldenburg, and Mark and Beth Steinkamp, Batesville; sisters Sue Abplanalp, Greensburg, and Carlyn Giesting and Jane Pearson, Indianapolis; brother Bill Steinkamp, Columbus; and seven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife and parents.
Visitation is Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 4-7 p.m. at Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services are 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at St. John’s United Church of Christ with visitation at church one hour prior to services. The Rev. Dave Johnston will officiate, and burial will be in St. Louis Cemetery with military rites conducted by the Batesville VFW and Prell-Bland American Legion.
The family requests memorials to Relay for Life or Batesville Fire Department.