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Larry Duane Steiner

September 14, 2020


The Life of Larry Duane Steiner

Larry Duane Steiner, a native Ohioan, passed away on Monday September 14th  in Butler County.  Larry will be laid to rest in David Cemetery with a graveside service surrounded by family.  The ceremony will be officiated by his only sister, the reverend Darlene R. Fugate at 1:30 on Friday, Sept. 18th.

Larry began his life in September of 1934 as the only child of Carl Edward Steiner and Gladys Marie Koons.  He spent his early childhood years in Montgomery, Ohio.  During much of his school years he lived in Greene County with his mother, Gladys and beloved stepfather, Richard Bazell, on a farm just outside Xenia, Ohio.  Soon their family grew, adding a set of Twin Boys, David and Dean and finally his sister, Darlene.

As the family grew, so did Larry.  He thrived on the farm, learning to safely handle firearms and hunt. He developed aspirations of becoming a farmer himself.  His stepdad, Richard wanted to give Larry a chance to experience life beyond the farm.  He urged him to seek a strong future by first, committing to military service and training; then seeking a manufacturing job at N.C.R. (National Cash Register Co.).  Larry chose to follow that advice and a family tradition of serving in the US Navy.   He entered the navy in September of 1952 at the age of 18.  During the following four years, he served honorably and successfully trained in a number of skills including firefighting and machining.  His last assignment was aboard the USS Oriskany, stationed out of Alameda, California; separating from active service in late August 1956.

After the Navy he secured a position with N.C.R. as a machinist and remained employed there until the company ceased its manufacturing operations.  While employed at N.C.R., Larry met his future wife, Janet Bush.  The couple initially lived in Dayton, Ohio but eventually moved to Xenia and raised three children there.

When he was not working, Larry enjoyed playing cards and gardening.  He was also  an avid fan of car racing, everything from the local round and figure 8 tracks at Kil-Kare Speedway to Indy 500 and Brickyard 400.  He was a member of several organizations such as the VFW, the Eagles and the Moose.   

Larry’s legacy includes, two sons, Michael Steiner of Dayton and David Steiner of Xenia; a Daughter Karen Harris and 4 grandchildren, Taressa Ho, Michael Gebhardt, Nicole, Steiner and Jessica Steiner.  He has 7 great grandchildren and one great- great grandchild due in February of 2021.  His survivors also include a niece, 2 nephews, several cousins and his sister, Darlene Fugate.

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Graveside Service
September 18, 2020

1:30 PM
David's Cemetery
4600 Mad River Rd.
Kettering, OH 45429

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