Harold Dean Stecker
Harold Dean Stecker, 94, Mt. Pleasant and formerly of rural Hillsboro, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at Sunnybrook Ashford Park, Mt Pleasant.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, in Harrisburg Baptist Church north of Bonaparte. Burial with military rites by Sargeant – Osweiler Post # 563 American Legion, Bonaparte will be in Vale Cemetery. Visitation will open at 2 p.m. Monday at Pedrick Funeral Home, Keosauqua with the family present from 5 to 8 p.m. Memorials to Harrisburg Baptist Church or Vale Cemetery may be left at the funeral home or the church or mailed to the family at 17192 Willow Ave, Hillsboro, Iowa 52630
He was born March 29, 1918, at Yates City, Ill. to John and Nellie Meyer Stecker and married Dorothy F. Elliott Feb. 22, 1947, in Keosauqua. She died May 4, 1986. He married Fern Thornburg in 1988. She preceded him in death in May of 2009.
He grew up in and spent his entire life farming in Harrisburg Township Van Buren County until retiring to Mt. Pleasant.
He served in Army Air Corps during World War II and was a member of Harrisburg Baptist Church, Van Buren County Farm Bureau, American Legion and an active member of the Christian Motorcycle Association. He enjoyed flying and obtained his pilots license.
Surviving are a daughter, Sandra (Bob) Batten of rural Hillsboro; two sons, Ronald (Brenda) Stecker of Marion and Keith (Lori) Stecker of Williamsburg; a step-daughter Rosanna (Roger) Grinstead in Ohio; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Neva Carter of Stockport and Irma Elliott of Bonaparte and a brother Gilbert (Merial) Stecker of Keosauqua
In addition to his wives, he was preceded by his parents; a brother, Lester Stecker, and a sister, Rhea Brombaugh