Gerald Pete Steinberger, age 77, of Wichita Falls passed away Monday, January 28, 2013.
A vigil service and rosary will be held at 7:45 P.M. Wednesday evening, January 30th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Windthorst. The funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, January 31st at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Fernando Preciado officiating. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery under the direction of Aulds Funeral Home of Archer City.
The oldest son of the late Fred and Helen (Bindel) Steinberger, Gerald was born February 21st, 1935 in Windthorst, Texas. At the age of 16, he partnered with his father in the dairy business for 2 years. He went onto own and operate a dozer business, as well as his own dairy farm. He served as a councilman on the Windthorst City Council and also as a director for the A.M.P.I. (American Milk Producers Inc.)
In the 1970s, he became an independent oil and gas operator and purchased his first drilling rig. Later, he started Steinberger Drilling Company, which is still in operation today. He was also active in the farm and ranching industry. After he retired, he enjoyed driving to check on his ranches in Archer County on a daily basis until his death.
Survivors include his children Cathy Wolf and husband Gene of Windthorst, Charles Steinberger and wife Rhonda of Windthorst, Ray Steinberger of San Diego, California, and Jerry Steinberger of Windthorst; sisters, Alvina Veitenheimer and husband, Ed, and Rosalee Schroeder and husband, Richard all of Windthorst and brother, Robert Steinberger and wife, Sue of Windthorst; grandchildren, Cody Wolf and Erin Wolf of Austin, Texas, Amber Schroeder and husband, Kevin of Bowling Green, Kentucky, J. D. Steinberger and wife, Megan of Wichita Falls, Chelsie Steinberger of Alvord, Texas, Kinsey Steinberger and Ella Steinberger of Windthorst; great-grandchildren, Wyatt and Leila Steinberger of Wichita Falls and Kamryn Wood of Alvord, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his brother, David Steinberger and sister-in-law Georgia Steinberger.
He will be remembered for his generosity and love of life.
The family suggests memorials to Hospice of Wichita Falls, PO Box 4804, Wichita Falls, TX 76308. They would like to extend their deepest appreciation to the Hospice team whom made it possible for Gerald to remain in his home during his illness.