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“My most sincere condolences to the entire Steinhauer family. I met Bernie, Joan Bernie Jr Denise and Arnold when I lived in Connecticut in 1965-1967....Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Annette Iverson Moore - Grayslake, IL

“My deepest condolences.I will forever remember Bernie's professionalism, outstanding personality, good nature and thoughtful acts of kindness to...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Jim McCleer - New London, CT

“So very sorry for your loss 2016 was a tramatic year. My prayers for your family. Karen Becknell ”
3 of 9 | Posted by: Mrs P. T Becknell - TN

“I also served on the USS Abraham Lincoln SSBN 602 with Bernie while stationed in Groton CT though the 60's. I was a young Sailor reporting to my...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Jay Andress - MOORESVILLE, NC

“I served on the USS Abraham Lincoln SSBN 602 with Bernie while stationed in Groton CT. Bernies wife Joan and my wife Barb became great friends and of...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Robert (Bob) Hulet - Silverdale, WA

“I always recall Bernard mentioning how he had a role in the movie "Run Silent, Run Deep" that starred Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster. When we would...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Tom & Deb Horvath - Bridgewater, NJ

“We will miss you uncle Bernard. ”
7 of 9 | Posted by: Terri Rogers - Carencro, LA

“We wish him smooth sailing. ”
8 of 9 | Posted by: Ken Kauffman - Mendota Heights,, MN

“Bern ard always had a beautiful smile and a twinkle in his eyes, your family is in my thoughts. Cherish the memories.. ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: Sheila LaRock - CLEVER, MO

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Bernard George Steinhauer, age 87, of rural Walters, MN died Wednesday, December 14, 2016, at Good Samaritan's Hidden Creek Assisted Living in Albert Lea, MN, surrounded by his loving family and wonderful caregivers. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, December 20, 2016, at 10:30 AM at United Lutheran Church in Walters, MN, Rev. Donald Rose presiding. Visitation will be Monday, December 19, from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells, MN, and continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Interment will be at the Walters Cemetery, with full military honors by the Kiester American Legion Post #454.

Bernard was born January 7, 1929, in the home on the family farm in rural Walters, MN, to Arnold Frederick and Marie (Enser) Steinhauer. His first 18 years were spent on the family farm, attending grade school in Walters, and graduating from Kiester High School in 1947. Following his graduation, he joined the United States Navy, and shortly after volunteered for submarine duty. During a Naval career that spanned nearly 23 years, he served on both diesel and nuclear powered submarines during the Korean, Vietnam, and Cold War periods. It was during his first submarine tour while serving in San Diego, CA that he met a young, female sailor, Joan Marie (Kavka) from rural Pennsylvania, the woman that would become his loving wife for over 64 years. During their marriage they had three children together: Bernard J. (Regina) Steinhauer of Easton, MN, Denise (Jay) Klein of Prior Lake, MN, and Arnold (Brenda) Steinhauer of Lakeville, MN.

Following his retirement from the Navy in 1970, he worked as a boiler inspector for a private insurance company, and then the state of Minnesota, until he formally retired in 1980. It was then, after he had left 33 years before, that he and the family moved to his birth home on the farm in rural Walters, where he lived until just before his death. Shortly after moving to the farm, Bernard and Joan formally took Thomas (Rebecca) Steinhauer into their home as their son.

Bernard loved the Navy, submarines, and everything associated with them. He loved to travel the country in the motorhome, visiting family, and the countless friends they met during Bernard's Naval career. He also loved to work on and drive his 1948 Ford Coupe, his old Land Rovers, and his Farmall B tractors. Most of all, he loved his "Joanie", being on the farm, and being with his family. He was very proud to be a member of United Lutheran Church, the Fleet Reserve Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, US Submarine Veterans, associate member of Submarine Veterans WWII, and the American Legion Post #454 of Kiester, MN. He also served as Foster Township Clerk for 15 years.

Bernard is survived by his children; 6 grandchildren: Bernard D., Nathan, and Christine Steinhauer, Megan, and Jennifer Klein, and Kaitlen Steinhauer; 3 great-grandchildren: Harley Wetzel, Alyssa, and Breanne Steinhauer.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Joan; and sister, Fern Hendrichsen.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew him for his smile, his stories, and his wonderful sense of humor.