Wesely Herman Steinruck, 70, died August 28, 2013, at Montesano Health & Rehab Center in Montesano.
Wes was born on December 28, 1942, in Everett, Washington, to George Olfield and Gladys Lorenz. He grew up in Everett and was raised by his stepfather, Richard Steinruck. When he was a teenager the family moved their shake mill to Aberdeen and Wes continued to work in the family mill until joining the U.S. Navy in 1960. He was stationed on the USS Regulas, a Navy resupply ship. After his Honorable Discharge from the Navy he returned home.
Wes was known as a Shake Rat and had worked for most all the mills in the area until he was injured and couldn’t return to milling.
Wes worked for Timberland Industries as an office clerk, but that just wasn’t his style.
In 1992, Wes married Sandra Jean Braack at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Aberdeen. She resides at the family home.
Wes was a Lifetime member of the VFW, Past District Commander and Past Commander of both the Aberdeen and Hoquiam VFWs (he served two terms with each club) and he was also a White Hat Commander for the Aberdeen VFW. Wes spearheaded the Child Safety Seat Program for Grays Harbor County, until funding from the government ran out. He was also a volunteer police officer for Cosmopolis Police Department and Aberdeen Police Department.
He liked to fish and hunt, enjoyed woodworking, doing Indian beadwork and going to Pow Wows. He was a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and was very proud of his Indian Heritage.
Wesely is survived by his wife of 20 years, Sandy Steinruck; sons, Richard (Rick) Lorenz of Hoquiam, David Jarman Jr. of Missouri, and Steven Steinruck and his wife, Patty of Kennewick; a couple of brothers and a sister, Helen Bigham of Texas; sixteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by son, Jeff Lorenz; daughter, Julie Hagara; and son Keith Jarman. He is also survived by a special cousin, Richard W. Welch, III, who led him to register for his Choctaw heritage and helped him with the all the paperwork involved.
A celebration of Wes’ life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 7, 2013, at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Aberdeen.
A message of condolence or a memory can be left for the family at www.fernhillfuneral.com