Cecil Alfred Steinmetz, 76, of Elroy, Wis., went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, in his home, surrounded by his family and loved ones.
He was born Feb. 20, 1946, to Keith and Charlotte (Alderman) Steinmetz. He was named after the doctor who delivered him at home. Cecil grew up in the La Farge area. He joined the U.S. Army in 1963, learning how to run heavy equipment.
He was united in marriage Dec. 20, 1978, to Brenda Jensen.
He worked for Arthur Overgaard in 1969 and later for Milestone Materials, a division of Mathy Construction. Cecil joined the Operating Engineer Local 139 Union in 1969, serving as a member for 53 years.
Cecil was a member of the United Methodist Church, where he had a strong faith in the Lord, knowing that the Holy Scriptures were the inspired Word of God.
Cecil enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He spent time with his boys, racing and building demolition derby cars. He went on many mission trips to build houses and help with disaster relief, among many other things to help others. Cecil had an ear for listening to what was important to others.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda, and his five sons, Jimmy (Trish), Donald (Mary), Timothy (Jenny), TJ and Jacob (Tracy). He also is survived by his grandchildren, James Steinmetz, Justin Steinmetz, Olivia Gorn, Savanna (Adam) Johnson, Brianna Steinmetz (Austin), Julianna Steinmetz (Cameron), Brooklynn Steinmetz, Sierra Steinmetz, Uria Estes, Annastasia Steinmetz and Grace Steinmetz; many great-grandchildren; his brothers, Russell Steinmetz and Duane (Deb) Steinmetz; his sisters-in-laws, Rita Steinmetz, Debbie Martin, Barb (Ron) Miller, Becky (Dave) Darrow, Laura (Mark) Kouba and Teresa (Daryl) Archer; and many nieces and nephews and ex-wife Linda Steinmetz.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings, Myra Murphy, Sharon Jacobson, Dennis, Jeanette Gaul, Lester and Clifford; his in-laws, Fred and Louise Jensen; and his sister-in-law, Debbie Steinmetz.
A memorial service, followed by military rites, will be Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 12 p.m. at the Picha Funeral Home in Elroy, with Rev. Dr. Wesley and Rev. Elizabeth Jacob officiating. A time of visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Picha Funeral Home. Following the service, a luncheon and a celebration of Cecil’s life will be at the American Legion Hall in Elroy.
The Picha Funeral Home in Elroy is assisting. For online information, go to www.pichafuneralhomes.com.