Elmer John Steier was born May 23, 1931, in Whittemore, Iowa, the son of John and Emma (Freese) Steier. He grew up near Whittemore where he attended school and graduated from the Presentation Academy in 1949, then attended Emmetsburg Junior College. Elmer served in the United States Army from July 1952-June 1954.
On November 19, 1952, he was united in marriage to Bernadette "Beanie" Fandel at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Whittemore. To this union two children were born, a daughter, Kay and son, Larry Steier.
Elmer began his aviation career in 1948 and completed his training in 1951. He earned his Commercial Pilot Rating, followed by the Certified Flight Instructor Rating. Elmer then taught flying at Spencer, Iowa and Fayetteville, North Carolina. He began his airplane spraying business on July 5, 1954 and continued until 1996, when he passed the business to daughter, Kay and husband, Denny Meyer. The business continues to this day.
Elmer loved to fly and later restored a 1943 Cessna UC-78, known to many as the Bamboo Bomber. He also enjoyed baseball. He was a member of the St. Michael's Parish, Holy Name and the American Legion Seely-Walsh Post #425.
Elmer died Friday, September 1, 2017, at his home near Whittemore. He was 86.
Survivors include his wife, Maureen McDonnell-Steier; daughter, Kay and Denny Meyer of Milford; daughter-in-law, LuAnn Steier of Omaha, NE; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother, Maurice and Marian Steier of Omaha, NE; sister, Mary Steier of Whittemore and brother-in-law, Mark Bode of Omaha, NE.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Beanie; son, Larry Steier; sisters, Emily and Kathryn and brothers, Earl and Ken.
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