John R. Steckman

John R. Steckman, 70, of 1535 Brighton Road, Ellwood City (North Sewickley Twp.) died unexpectedly on Tuesday April 7 2009 at Mountain Vista Hospital in Mesa Arizona, where he maintained a winter residence.

He was born in Ellwood City on December 4 1938 to the late John C. "Jack" Steckman and Ruth I. Stratton Steckman.

John was a third generation memorialist and owner of Steckman's Memorials. John's life passion was square dancing. He was a well-traveled professional square dance caller in the US and Canada and was a member of the International Assn. of Square dance Callers. John was a veteran of the US Army where he served as a military police officer. He was a Lincoln High School graduate, class of 1957.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas L. Steckman in 1951, his father John C. "Jack" Steckman in 1975, and by his first wife, Kathleen McKim Steckman, in 1996.

John is survived by his wife, Joan Karch Steckman, whom he married Dec. 12 1998; his mother Ruth; and by two sons and daughters-in-law: J. Scott (and Kim) Steckman of Hookstown PA; and Patrick J. (and Casey) Steckman of Chippewa Twp.

He is also survived by one bother and three sisters: Sherry (and Vince) Perciavalle of Beaver PA; Patricia (and Fred) Konyak of Ellwood City; and Margaret "Peggy" (and Larry) Haswell of Wampum PA.

John was a proud grandfather of five grandsons: Shane, Dustyn, John Patrick, Evan, and Chad Steckman, and one great grandson, Austin Steckman.

Friends will be received from 7-9 P.M. on Friday April 10 and 1-4 P.M. on Saturday, April 11 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME, Sixth Street at Park Avenue, Ellwood City.

A service in celebration of his life will be held on Saturday April 11 at 4:00 P.M. at TURNERS, with the Rev. Anthony Peccon of the Cornerstone Christian Center, officiating.

Entombment will be in Locust grove Cemetery Mausoleum. Memorials may be made in his name to the Locust Grove Cemetery Memorial Flagpole Fund, 1565 Brighton Road, Ellwood City PA 16117.

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