Michael Jesse Steinkoenig, 68, passed away Sunday, February 10, 2019.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on February 16, 2019, at Minton Memorial Chapel located at 314 S. Hedgecoke Street in Borger, and family will receive friends at his childhood home at 1423 Cooley in Borger following the service. Arrangements are by Minton-Chatwell Funeral Directors.
Mike was born in Amarillo to Janelle Womble Steinkoenig and Leo Richard Steinkoenig on November 16, 1950, and graduated from Borger High School in the class of 1969.
Described as a prankster and lover of all pies, Mike was a giver to all and taker from none. His love of travel took him on several mission trips to Israel, Belarus, and many other parts of the world in which he always had to know the new friend’s story. Mike’s bond with his many friends from Borger High School, Odessa Junior College, the Kappa Alpha Order at West Texas University, and his spiritual family remained strong throughout his life. His quick smile let you know he was always happy to see you and ready to help no matter the task.
He is survived by his daughter Erica Anderson and grandchildren Rich and Libby of Amarillo. He is also survived by children who he loved as his own, daughter Margaret Parrish of Borger and grandchildren Morgan, Madison, MaryPaul, and Maya of Amarillo, son Holden Parrish of Pocatello, Idaho, daughter Kelly Harz of Amarillo and grandchildren Kailey and Mark, and son Alan and wife Bokerah Brumley, of Cisco, and their children Enoch, Pinehas, Eli, Haddie, and Benny.
Mike is preceded in death by his mother Janelle Steinkoenig, father Leo Steinkoenig, and brothers Rick Steinkoenig and Pat Steinkoenig.
Mike asked that in lieu of memorials, please take some time to read a book to a young child.
Mike's mother was my first grade teacher. Mike was a friend since we were teamates in little league baseball. I recall one year at my birthday party Mike ate twelve hot dogs! I use to run into him in Amarillo over the years and we always had a laugh about growing up in Borger. Gomer was a great friend and will truly be missed. RIP my friend.
Tom BrandonGranbury, TX
Mike was one of the nicest people I've ever known. I think of him drag racing in that Volkswagen and all of our glory days. He was a strong Christian man that I'm proud to have known.
Jan PruittAustin, TX
David Brumley, TX
I loved seeing Mike bringing Janelle to the Womble Reunions at Morse. He was such a handsome guy and so friendly to all. He will be missed by all of us. I have memories of his mom and dad at West Texas State...not many but their presence was definitely known. Smart people!! My best to the family, Janey Forester Bateman
Janey BatemanDallas, TX
Rest in peace my dear friend. Gomer will live forever in the hearts and minds of many. Prayers up for all the family.
Robert W LynchSweeny, TX
Mike was a very special person, who cared for the people he came into contact with. He tried to get to know something about his classmates through out his schooling. He cared about those he knew, and went out of his way to see them when opportunities arose. Mike and I spent the past decade sharing ideas and building dreams as we worked to remodel and improve our homes. I respect Mike on so many levels, he is truly one who will be missed. R
Randy KirkSpearman, TX
Mike was a special person who took time to tried get to know all the people he came in contact with. He was a person who gave so much to others, a person who went out of his way to see them, and find out how they were doing. He had a heart bigger than he was, and it finally wore out before he did. Over the past decade, Mike and I spent many hours catching up on old times, and making new memories. Sharing what each of us knew, and building new memories that improved on what we knew before. Mike, you were and are a person who I wished I had been more like you. I know I would have been a better person if I had done so. You, my friend, will truly be missed. R
Randy KirkSpearman, TX
As teenager, Mike had won my respect (though I dare not admit it at the time) in the way he treated others. Looking back, it’s obvious what a positive influence and great example he was to me growing up. As an adult, he treated me with respect as an equal and I quickly grew to appreciate why so many people called him a friend. My children called him Peapaw. He will be sorely missed.
Alan BrumleyCISCO, TX
Mike was a true friend. The roots of our friendship go back many years as his grandmother was my kindergarten teacher and his mother and my mother were roommates in college. Mike and I went to Odessa College together, and although I rarely saw Mile in recent years, our paths would cross when least expected. Mike was indeed one of a kind and will be missed. I know I will miss him.
P.A. LyonOdessa, TX
Mike has been a good friend and brother for the past 47 years. He will be missed but never forgotten.
PS: He was the only 6’6” man that I know of who would take a 2000 mile drive-a-bout in an orange Opel GT. God bless you!
Steve RankinKerrville, TX
It is so hard to write my feelings here following those words that have preceded mine. Let me say this of Mike. If you entered a room where Mike was sitting, it seemed to take 20 minutes for him to rise. Not merely because of his magnificent height; but, because of the greatness of his being. I could not call myself a close friend. I can only be grateful for the friendship he afforded me. I will not grieve for my loss. I will thank God for Mike's life and the knowledge at sometime in the future I will be greeted by his smile, again. I hope you, his family, can take solace in this. God bless you.
George Doyle Forrester, Jr.Fritch, TX
Mike was the kind of man you looked up to, he was tall so that he could accommodate his big heart. Good man that walked the talk. Lots of memories of him in college and with KAO. A true brother.
Michael VilesBorger, TX
Many prayers for you and your family during this time. Thankful God gave us memories. Cling to those sweet, precious memories! Love you, sweet lady!💗
Cheryl MerrillAmarillo, TX
He was such a gentle sweet soul. He will so missed by family and friends too. Rest easy dear old friend. Love you, Pat
Pat (Long) SchmerNormsn, OK
They don't come any better than Mike. Love and prayers of comfort for all of Mike's family and friends.
Sharon Musgraves WellsDallas, TX
There are so many great memories of Mike. But what always stood out was his warm smile and great sense of humor. Truly a gentle giant with a loving heart. Rest in Peace my friend. You will be missed by all who knew you. Billy
Bill MorrisSmithville, MO
Erica, I'm so sorry for your loss. There's NO doubt who you look like! Now, I know where you get your giving spirit. Love you my friend.
Marsha SmithFlower Mound, TX
Good friend,good man,good dad. Many memories from college and the many nights he slept on our floor at my and Jan’s apartment.
Gary YoderLamesa, TX