Hastings, Nebraska, resident Robert Raymond Steinbarger, 85, passed away Friday, June 28, 2019, at his daughter’s home in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 18, at the Apfel Funeral Home Chapel in Hastings with Pastor Dale Phillips officiating. Interment will be in Parkview Cemetery. Apfel Funeral Home in Hastings is in care of the family. Condolences may be sent to the family from www.apfelfuneralhome.com.
Memorials may be given to CareActor Inc, 228 East 7th St., Hastings, NE 68901.
Bob was born Nov. 2, 1933 to Raymond and Ella I. (Rhode) Steinbarger in Crawford, Nebraska. He graduated high school in 1951 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. He then attended Scottsbluff Junior College. Bob married Sheila M. Ehrlich on June 28, 1953, in Scottsbluff. Sheila passed away Feb. 24, 2012. He served in the U.S. Army from June 8, 1955, to June 7, 1957. In 1971, Bob moved his family to Hastings. In 1979 he opened Bob’s Electric Supply. It was a family-owned and operated business. Bob, Sheila, Mike, and Susan all worked at the store along with several other employees, who he considered family as well. Bob sold the business in 1994. Upon retirement, Bob and Sheila wintered in Arizona and made many lasting friendships while there. Summers found them at their cabin in the Black Hills of South Dakota. To his dying day, Bob hoped to get back there one more time.
Dad was truly a self-made man. He astounded many with his business savvy. He could fix just about anything. He pondered on a problem until he came up with a solution. If you came to Bob with a problem, you could count on the fact he would figure it out.
Robert was a member of many churches including Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Hastings. He was also a member of the Eagles Club in Hastings.
He is survived by one daughter, Susan and husband David Wolz of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Susan and Dave’s canine companion, Bella, was at his side those last days.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sheila; and one son, Mike.