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190 S. Franklin Ave.
P.O. Box 391
Colby, KS 67701
Phone: (785) 462-2331
Fax: (785) 462-6242
John Steiger
In Memory of
John Jay "Jack" Steiger
1939 - 2017
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Condolence From: Donnie Murphy
Condolence: Susan and I extend our condolences to the Steiger family. We know you will miss Jack greatly. We will too.

Jack obviously loved sports, but I believe he liked sharing sports with others even more than he liked watching, playing, coaching, and officiating. I will never forget that early, dark morning in March 1961 when he came to the Murphy farm home to get brother Charley and me to go to Kansas City to see the NCAA Basketball Final Four. The prior evening Grandpa Ray was injured severely in a tractor accident and was hospitalized. Charley and I assumed the Final Four trip was off since Uncle Cleo and Uncle Chet decided not to go once the bad accident occurred. Jack insisted though that Grandpa preferred (which he did) that the trip should proceed as much as possible as previously planned. Charley and I had never seen a college basketball game before. Needless to say, we were thrilled out of this world to go with Jack and see the Final Four games that year. (Cincinnati beat Ohio State in double overtime in the championship game.) I believe that Jack enjoyed, even more than watching the games, watching Charley and me and ensuring that we had a great time from start to finish. He took care of all aspects of the trip-transportation, game tickets, meals, motel, schedules, etc. He talked sports endlessly with us and we relished every moment. It is doubtful that any basketball games were ever discussed and analyzed more than we did those games.

Now fast forward to 2013 and the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Menlo School. Jack helped to take out of deep storage at the Rexford school the abundance of trophies the Menlo sports teams had won from 1923 to 1963. Jack knew a lot about most of those trophies. He exuded telling anyone and everyone about the players, coaches, and games involving those trophies.

These are just two examples in which Jack shared with others his love of sports. There is no doubt the total examples are countless.
Thursday June 15, 2017
Condolence From: Rod Huffman
Condolence: May you rest in peace Jack. To your family, I am so sorry for your loss. Jack will be missed by many, but forgot by none. I always enjoyed working, officiating basketball games with him. He was a food an fun man to talk to as well.
Thursday June 01, 2017
Condolence From: Deb Metzler
Condolence: Leoma and family:

I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Steiger's passing. I was so shocked when I read the news. He was such a great teacher and a fun person to be around. I remember helping out on Biology field trips, and just having a great time in his classes. Please accept my heartfelt condolences on your loss, and I will be praying for you and thinking of all of you during this difficult time.
Thursday June 01, 2017
Condolence From: Ken Bockwinkel
Condolence: Saddened by your loss. I remember Mr. Steiger's kindness and easy going attitude as my teacher. I spent my senior year of high school as his teacher's aide, and he allowed me to "get my feet wet" by teaching a couple of classes. This experience led me into the education field. I remember his fondness for basketball, and I would often visit with him at basketball tournaments when I started teaching. He will be missed!

Condolences from me and USD 274.
Tuesday May 30, 2017