Ernest (Ernie) L. Steinman passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on January 7, 2022. Born in Tower City, North Dakota, on March 15, 1927, to Leo and Mary (Walz) Steinman, he grew up in Carrington, in North Dakota. and graduated from Carrington High School in 1945. He holds an associate’s degree in machine shop practices and tool and die making from the Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Ernie married Alice White on June 28, 1954. He leaves his wife Alice, his sons David (Sheryl), Dan (Karen), Dennis (Teresa), Paul (Staci), his daughters Judy (Scott), Mary (Kyle), Cathleen (Mike), Christina (Jeff), twenty-three grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Ernie worked in his father’s blacksmith and welding shop during his high school years. After returning from military service, he became a partner with his father. The store grew as they began to manufacture custom farm equipment for Farmhand and other small manufacturing companies. When his father Leo retired in 1969, they sold their store to United Farm Tools. Ernie headed the Steinman division in Carrington until 1989. Ernie transferred to Oelwein, Iowa, to manage the Speedy division of United Farm Tools. Ernie worked for United Farm Tools until his retirement in 1991.
Ernie was drafted into military service in 1946. After his release in 1948, he joined the local National Guard unit. The North Dakota National Guard was activated for the Korean War on January 16, 1951. Ernie is a decorated combat veteran, serving in Korea from July 1951 to August 1952 as the first sergeant of a combat company. infantry. He accepted a direct commission as a second lieutenant during the reorganization of the North Dakota National Guard in 1953. Ernie retired with the rank of captain in 1987.
Upon returning from service in 1953, Ernie joined the Carrington Volunteer Fire Department and served for over 35 years. For the past 27 years, he has served as the Deputy Fire Chief. He was active with the North Dakota State Firefighters Association, serving on the board of directors and as president in 1971.
While in business in Carrington, Ernie was an active member of the local chamber of commerce. He was president of the chamber in 1979. He also served on the board of directors of the North Dakota Manufacturing Association and was president in 1975.
Ernie served for 10 years on the board of the welding department of the North Dakota State School of Science. The governor of North Dakota appointed him to the state board of directors of the Council on Vocational Education in 1976.
A life member of the American Legion, VFW, and NRA, Ernie was also a member of the Catholic Charities Board of Trustees of the Archdiocese of Dubuque for several years. He made two missionary trips to Peru in the late 1990s. He was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus and a member of the Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart in Oelwein, Iowa.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made at the Wounded Warrior Project in honor of Ernie.
Wake-up and Prayer Service: Social gathering at 6 pm, Prayer service at 7 pm, Friday January 14, 2022. Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.
Christian burial mass: visit at 1:00 p.m., mass at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday January 15, 2022. Sts. Ann & Joachim Catholic Church, Fargo
Interment: Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis. Date to be scheduled in conjunction with a celebration of life.
Arrangements entrusted to Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo. Guestbook online at www.boulgerfuneralhome.com.