Nelson Frank Steinbaugh, 90, died November 3, 2008 at Punta Gorda FL. He was born January 15, 1918, at Baptist Hill, Ontario County, NY to Walter Henrich Steinbaugh and Carrie Aleine Stone Steinbaugh. He graduated from Canandaigua Academy and attended St. Lawrence University.
He married Hilda Marie Wyckoff of Canandaigua on June 1, 1941, a harmonious union that lasted until his death. Soon after their wedding, he entered the Armed Forces and served as Regimental Motor Transportation Master Sergeant throughout WWII.
Honorably discharged in 1946, he resumed his position in the New York State Department of Corrections where he served in maximum-security facilities throughout the state for 36 years. In 1978, he built a home in Punta Gorda, FL where he moved in 1980 upon his retirement as Deputy Superintendent of Security at Sing Sing Prison, Ossining, NY.
He was a licensed real estate and mortgage broker from 1980 until his death.
He was an avid genealogist and traced two lines of his family and two lines of his wife’s family to their roots in Europe, establishing that each family had members who served in the American Revolution.
He was a 60-year, life member of Masonic Lodge No. 462 in Attica NY, a perpetual life member of the Scottish Rite of The Valley of Ft. Myers, 32nd Degree Lodge, a noble of the Araba Shrine Temple, Ft. Myers, FL, a life member of the National Association Legions of Honor AAONMS, a life member of the Masonic War Veterans of the State of New York, Genesee-Wyoming Post No. 432, a life member of the American Legion where he was a Past Commander in New York, a member of the 40/8 where he was Past Chef de Gare, 40/8 Wyoming County, NY, a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, a charter member of the Punta Gorda Elks No. 2606, a life member of the I.O.O.F. Citizen’s Lodge No. 309, Attica, NY, and a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 66, Charlotte County, FL.
He leaves his beloved wife, Hilda Marie Steinbaugh of Punta Gorda, FL, his brother Norman H. Steinbaugh (Ann) of Attica, NY, three sons, Lt.Col. Eric Steinbaugh USMC Ret. (Myrian) of Punta Gorda, FL, Chief Marc S. Steinbaugh USMM Ret. (Cathy) of Cape Haze, FL, Kurt R. Steinbaugh (Debra) of Newland, NC, three grandsons, Cdr. Leif E. Steinbaugh, USN (Yoko) of NAS Whidbey Island, WA, Kyle E. Steinbaugh (Allison) of Bend, OR, Jordan Clark Steinbaugh of Newland, NC, a granddaughter, Emily Kaitlyn Steinbaugh of NC, two great grandsons, Hayden and Harrison Steinbaugh and a great granddaughter, Harper Steinbaugh all of Bend, OR, and two step grand children, Fabiane Lopes of Campinas, Brazil and Henrique Lopes of Punta Gorda, FL.
Arrangements and cremation will be made by Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at a time and place to be announced by the family. Inurnment will be in Arlington National Cemetery.

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Eric Steinbaugh said...


You taught us how to live. You taught us how to die. You taught us well. Thank you.


Kurt Steinbaugh said...

You lived your life well, you were a good father and friend, and you set an example for us.
Thank you, for being there when I needed you, for believing in me, for your understanding and your guidance, for teaching me to be a man and a father.
We love you and we will miss you,

Myrian Steinbaugh said...

A life well-lived is a precious gift.
Go with God, Dad.

Ruth Reiss Hunter said...

There are so many memories -- some from long ago and some more recent. But you were there, after a few days or many years and always made me a part of your extended family. I will miss your laugh -- which I still hear echoing in my ears sometimes. Thanks, Nelson for more than I can say here. Love, Toot.

Chief Marc S. Steinbaugh said...

I am amazed that the older I get,
the smarter you became.
Father, Pack Leader, Brother, Advisor,
you wore several hats without shame.
Filling your shoes will be easy,
becoming the man you were,
will be an enormous task. Marcott

Ken and Pam Stewart said...

I always knew him as Eric's Dad. He always watched over Eric's Condo and his interests. He will be mised by many.


Daryl Lauffer said...

I am so thankful for the time we had together in the last several years. Our talks lasting sometimes until 2am where you gave more me than you could have realized. I'll be forever grateful.
I miss you
Daryl Ann

Larry Schmits said...

Some of us at Colony Point remember what unique and interesting memories he made with us in the aftermath of Hurricane Charley. I will never forget how interesting a person was Nelson. My condolences to the family. Larry Schmits.

Sue and Cran Rogers said...

Sue and Cran Rogers

Jak Beardsworth said...

A full life well lived.
Condolences to all.
Jak Beardsworth

Sandy Dunham said...

It is a pleasure to have known the Steinbaugh family. Condolences to all.

jay miller said...

to the steinbaughs...

condolences is not enough...

having known nelson and hilda for more than 30 yrs beginning with his time of leadership at the Sing Sing prison in NY it has been an honor and a pleasure to have been a part of he and hilda's lives...

nelson's sense of country, family and friendship transcends the normal flow of social contact and says a great deal about the man, the husband, the father, the grandfather and the great grandfather he became.

it was an enriching experience to have known the man and his family and I hope it has been that way for others that have been touched by nelson's 'hand.'

Rest in peace, nelson and all my best and love to hilda as well...

jay miller.

Mary Johnson said...

You and Hilda made us part of your lives in Punta Gorda. I loved all your stories and all our times together,You taught us more Canandaigua history than we heard here.I am sure Don and Pat were there to greet you in your new home. Love, that Irish girl, Mary

Hope said...

I am grateful for the time spent sharing stories with Nelson until just a couple of yrs. ago. My life is richer and wiser. Nelson, I never did make it in person to demonstrate a Cajun hug, I shall send detailed instructions in my prayers, and demonstrate if I ever make it up there. To all the Steinbaughs, especially Marc and Hilda, my deepest sympathy is being sent to you.

Lafayette, Louisiana

Edu e Lu said...

Nossos sentimentos à família Steinbaugh.
Aqueles que amamos nunca morrem, apenas partem antes de nós.

Edu e Lu.

Campinas/SP - Brasil.

Debra Steinbaugh said...

I met Nelson and Hilda 25 years ago and for 23 years have been honored to be their daughter-in-law. Nelson was so proud of his family, friends and country. He instilled in his sons a great work ethic that is evident in all that they have accomplished. He also showed us all the value of a good friend, for Nelson enjoyed nothing better than to be with friends and family enjoying a good story or a good laugh. As a family and as friends we will continue to have good times and make new memories but these times will never be the same without you Pop and memories made will never be as good as when re-told by you.
Love Debra Steinbaugh

Maria Ignez Carneiro - Brazil said...

We are never prepared for the loss of a loved one, but God is always prepared to help us through that loss. May His love surround you with the confort only He can give. My condolences to all.

Maria Ignez

Jeff Seitz said...

Our condolences and sympathy to the entire Steinbaugh family. We hope you will find comfort in the days ahead as you relive your memories of him and recognize the impact he had on your lives. Blessings, Jeff and Linda Seitz

Paul Blanchard said...

Nelson, you were always a joy to talk with, you had a kind word for everyone and I loved all the stories about Sing Sing. Will miss you at the FOP meetings and on line. Have a good trip friend.

Paul Blanchard, FOP 66

Leif Steinbaugh said...


You taught me many, many things. Some were mundane, some were difficult for me to understand and some I am still realizing the importance of. However, all have been valuable to me in realizing where I came from, who I am and who I want to be.
Your legacy lives on in your sons, your grandkids and your great-grandkids. You will be missed. Thank you.


Ron Muschong said...

Brother Nelson,
As a brother law enforcement officer, neighbor and friend you shall be missed. My prayers for your family in this time of need.

Ron & Sally Muschong




Dave and Becky Ziegler said...

Our sincere sympathy to you, Eric, and to
your family in the loss of your father.

Dave & Becky Ziegler

Anonymous said...

Nelson and I talked about our time in Ossining, NY, My dad was a prison guard when Nelson was Dept. Supt. He and Hilda, the "Christmas Lady" were always near and dear to our hearts. We shared many many good times in FOP Lodge 66. I could always count on them as my biggest supporters. Nelson and Hilda, made the world a better place.. Rest in Peace, Love Don and Mary Westlake

Jolene Runner said...

I shall miss you, Nelson very much. You & Uncle Walter & Grampa Steinbaugh were such strong men, & I loved you all. I'm glad you had the reunion, as we got to meet most of the family, & had a great time. Our sympathy to all your family.
Love, Jolene & Doug Runner

Anonymous said...

I came to know Nelson through Eric and Myrian's words, and I grew to feel a part of his "extended family." You are all in my thoughts and prayers. God bless.
Mariana, Brazil

Gail Gibson said...

Nelson was like a father to me, but he was my friend first of all. I will miss him.
Gail Gibson

Ray Rice said...

Our Deepest Sympathy To You And Your Family Pat and Ray Rice

Guy Davignon said...

Nels,as a good Capricorn you fought right to the end. Our Circle of friends will miss our late night "expose". Now, you can start again and be a "Mountie" and have all your wishes come true.
Hilda with your nice family, we share your deep lost.Ginette & Guy Davignon

Diane Papke Mills said...

To the Steinbaugh family,
I was so sorry to hear of Nelson's passing and extend our sympathy to all of you. I have many fond memories of staying at your house in Attica and of many get togethers with our families. I stopped to visit a couple of years ago in Punta Gorda and had a wonderful visit. I enjoyed his e-mails and began to wonder a while ago because they stopped coming as often. He was so proud of his family and hopefully the many fond memories you all have will sustain you now.
Diane Papke Mills

Stephen Franklin, Lt. Col.USAF, Retired said...

Mr. Steinbaugh (or Nelson, as you always told me to call you),

I can't help but believe you are somewhere, watching all this play out, smiling a smile of satisfaction that comes from a life well spent and a job well done. You will live on, in lives you have touched, in the words and deeds that will be spoken of for generations to come by all who knew you.
Thank you for the pleasure of allowing me to know you.

Steve Franklin

Bill & Donna Miller said...

Our most sincere sympothy for your loss. Nelson,
was a good neighbor, that became a good frend, he will be missed. Bill & Donna Miller

Katrina and Stephanie Faulconer said...

I'm so glad Stephanie and I got to meet Nelson and all our family members we didn't know we had. It was such a short weekend, but the memories will live a lifetime in our hearts.

Katrina and Stephanie Faulconer

Anonymous said...

My sympathy to the Steinbaugh family. I worked as a secretary with Nelsoln Steinbaugh at Sing Sing and remember him well. Betty Lou Rice

Lourdes Potsch Câmara Mattos said...

Abraçamos queridos sobrinhos e amigos pela irreparável perda.
Que Deus em sua infinita misericórdia lhes dê o consolo e amenise a saudade.
Tenho certeza que Nelson agora repousa docemente abrigado no seio do Senhor.
Tia Lourdes e Família.

Fabiane, Henrique e Marcelo Lopes said...

Aprendi que tudo que acontece em nossas vidas por piores que possam parecer, sao sempre capazes de ser enfrentadas por nos. Sei que nao e facil e doi muito, mas de uma coisa pode ter certeza...passa! E as lembranças não mais serão lembranças de dor, e sim lembranças repletas de alegria. Desejamos toda força necessária a toda familia...

Anonymous said...

...e no fim apenas a saudade e uma certeza:
"Não importa onde esteja, estará sempre conosco".
beijos Beto, Ariette e filhos

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