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Gene E. Steinke

August 28, 1923 - December 23, 2013
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Gene Steinke died after a brief illness, in the comfort of his family's arms. Gene was born in Wichita, KS and raised in Garden Plain. He was the youngest of six children, all who have predeceased him. He attended the University of Wichita (now Wichita State) for 2 1/2 years before entering The US Navy during WWII. Following his honorable discharge he enrolled at University of Denver in 1946 where he was an all-conference basketball player. He is now a member of the DU Sports Hall of Fame. During his two years at DU he was also president of his fraternity, Kappa Sigma, treasurer of the Interfraternity Council, and the Newman Club, and...
Gene Steinke died after a brief illness, in the comfort of his family's arms. Gene was born in Wichita, KS and raised in Garden Plain. He was the youngest of six children, all who have predeceased him. He attended the University of Wichita (now Wichita State) for 2 1/2 years before entering The US Navy during WWII. Following his honorable discharge he enrolled at University of Denver in 1946 where he was an all-conference basketball player. He is now a member of the DU Sports Hall of Fame. During his two years at DU he was also president of his fraternity, Kappa Sigma, treasurer of the Interfraternity Council, and the Newman Club, and in his senior year, he was elected to the honorary fraternity, Omicron Delta Kappa. Gene graduated in 1948 with a BA in journalism and was married the following year to his college sweetheart, Doris Davenport, also a 1948 journalism graduate, at The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. He began working at Olinger Mortuaries in September of that year and served as a licensed funeral director and business director for many years, and after he retired, he was a senior business consultant for Olinger's until he passed away. Gene and Doris are the parents of six children - Sharon, David, Richard, Diane, Linda and Susan.They have 15 grandchildren and one great grandson. Gene has always been active in the Denver community, and served many organizations including his parish, St. Francis de Sales, DU, Kappa Sigma, Kiwanis, the Serra Club and Regis University. In 1989, he received the first Archbishop's Service Award, for service to the church in Denver. Visitation, Monday, 5-7pm, Olinger Hampden Chapel, 8600 E. Hampden Ave. Funeral Mass, Tuesday, 10am St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 300 S. Sherman St. with reception to follow. Committal, Tuesday, 2:15pm, Fort Logan National Cemetery, area "C". Contributions may be made in Gene's memory to the DU Athletics Department, 2201 E. Asbury Ave., Rm 4674, Denver 80208 or St. Francis de Sales Church, Denver 80209.

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"Gene and my dad, Maurice ushered together at St. Francis de Sales for years. Gene was a tremendous example of a Catholic gentleman. He directed the funerals..." Robert Brockish (Lafayette, CO)

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