Steinberg

June 5, 1933 — March 9, 2019
Thursday, March 28, 2019
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Carl H. Steinberg

Carl H. Steinberg passed away on March 9, 2019, in Coos Bay, Ore.

Carl was born June 5, 1933, in Schenectady, N.Y. His parents, Fritz and Emilie Steinberg, had recently migrated to the United States from Germany.

Carl graduated from Mont Pleasant High, Schenectady, N.Y., in 1951. During his life, Carl worked in several trades and had a variety of occupations.

After graduation, Carl attended meat-cutting school in Toledo, Ohio. While going to school in Toledo, he worked nights on the Willys Overland Jeep assembly line. Carl was in the United States Army during the Korean War.

After his honorable discharge, he worked as a meat cutter, a toy salesman, ran a Christmas tree business, worked in the newspaper industry, and owned a farm in upstate New York.

Carl was a Mason and was active in the Schenectady Lodge. While calling on one of his accounts as a toy salesman, he met the store owner’s daughter, Susann Winne. They were married in 1956 and their only child Karl Steinberg was born in 1968.

In 1977, Susann was offered a job in Big Timber and the whole family packed up and moved to Montana. Carl found his way to Columbus and purchased the local lumberyard from Bob Nystal. He changed the name to Yard 32 Lumber and relocated the main store. After a few years he sold the lumberyard and opened Carl H. Steinberg Wood Products in the original Nystal lumber building.

Carl and his crew built and sold a variety of wood products, most notably wood storage sheds of all sizes and designs. These sheds were delivered all over Stillwater County and beyond. Several of these sheds still dot the countryside today.

People that grew up in Columbus in the mid and late 1990s might remember Carl as the man who ran the ice-cream cart that always played the funny polka music. Carl was an active member of the community. He was a member of the Congregational Church, and served on the city council. He was also a member the Kiwanis club and the Chamber of Commerce, as well as a supporter of FFA.

Carl has often commented that throughout a lifetime of travels, he found the people of Columbus, Stillwater County, and the surrounding areas to be some of the best people he ever had the pleasure of knowing.

He would comment that even though he moved to Montana later in life, the good people of Columbus accepted him and made him feel like Montana had been his home all along. Due to medical issues Carl had to leave Columbus and relocated closer to his family.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents, Fritz and Emilie; his brothers, Kurt and Harry, and his Aunt Margret. He is survived by his son Karl, daughter-in-in-law Terri, his former wife and lifelong friend Susann Steinberg, and Rosco, the family dog. Per his wishes, no services will be held, and cremation has taken place. His ashes will be laid to rest in the Steinberg family plot in Schenectady, N.Y.

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