On Saturday evening October 29, 2016, Max Steinke passed away unexpectedly from a tragic accident. Max was born on May 29, 1997 in Austin, TX to Lisa Ross and Jeff Steinke. One year later his brother Kyle was born, to become his constant companion. When he was 5 years old, the family moved to Des Moines, IA. In 2006, Max and his family moved to Billings, MT. Everywhere that Max went, he made wonderful friends. Many friends here today have shared his life since 4th grade, and have been dear to him through all these years. He has always been called an ‘old soul’ even from the age of 4, and he cared very deeply for people and animals. Upon moving to Miles City, MT, he attended Custer County District High School. After an illness that had him miss more than a month of school, he decided to finish up at Montana Youth Challenge Academy in Dillon MT, where he graduated with the 32nd class. He excelled there, mentored many, and completed his CNA. He then moved back to our ranch in Miles City, the place he loved the most. He had plans to attend college. Max is survived by his mother Dr. Lisa Ross of Miles City and Sidney MT; his brother Kyle Steinke of Miles City, MT; his father Jeff Steinke and siblings Joseph and Veronica Steinke of Okemos, MI; his Aunt Denyse Steinke and Uncle Troy Harbacheck of Des Moines, IA; his grandmother Mary Steinke of Des Moines, IA; his Uncle Brian Bartling of Houston, TX; his Uncle James Bartling of Chicago, IL; his Uncle Jim (Brenda) Steinke of Marion, IA; his cousins Sean, Joshua, and Kiersten Steinke of Cedar Falls, IA; his cousin Brooke Blomquist of Roque Bluffs, ME; his cousin Brandon Blomquist of Texas; his Grammy and Grampy Deb and Bob Nolen of New Braunfels, TX; his Great Aunt Dolores (Ed) Hahn of Baraboo, WI; his Great Aunt Carolyn (Ed) Bergman of Stevens Point, WI; his Great Grandmother Vera Marcoe and Great Aunts Elyse Marcoe and Kay Hagel of Fond du Lac, WI. He was preceded in death by his Grandfather Donald Steinke; his Grandfather Lloyd Bartling; his grandmother Audrey Rhodes; his Aunt Shelley Blomquist; his Great Uncle Jerry Marcoe; and his Great Aunt Jo Ann Gause.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home with family receiving friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 4, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at Grace Bible Church. Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Miles City is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.
Gifts can be made in Max’s honor to the Animal Rescue League.
The funeral service will be broadcast LIVE via Facebook Friday at 1PM. Visit this link to watch.