Royal Becker Steiner was born March 4, 1920, in Allen County, Ind., the only child of Abraham and Anna (Becker) Steiner.
While an infant, Royal's family moved to Fort Wayne, Ind., where he was raised. Upon graduation from high school, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served as a Staff Sergeant in World War II.
Upon his return from Egypt, Royal enrolled in Fort Wayne Bible College, where he met and married Nelva Merle Reinders on Aug. 30, 1946.
Royal graduated from Taylor University with his Bachelor of Arts in fine arts in 1950, and earned a Masters of Divinity from Dubuque Theological Seminary in 1953. He entered the ministry in the Methodist denomination, and together he and Nelva raised three children, David, Susan (Nash) and Kathryn (Munson). Also, he served in 12 churches in Iowa and Minnesota over four decades, most recently Wadena, Breckenridge, Foxhome, Long Prairie, Grey Eagle and Buffalo Lake.
Upon his retirement, Royal initially settled in Long Prairie, and in 2006 he moved to Menahga, living in Woodside Manor, where he was known as everybody's "Chaplain." He was also vice president of the Volunteers at Woodside Manor/Green Pine Acres, and he coordinated the Thursday evening movie night and continued to serve as a guest preacher and storyteller until his death.
Royal was known for his humor, kindness and can-do attitude. Also, he was always inventing new and better ways to do things. During his final years, he was working on a book called "The Wind in My Face - As My Troubles Slip Away." This text comprises stories and illustrations collected over 50 years of ministry that offer testimony of the power of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Even until the last days of his life, Royal was sharing these stories and illustrations as part of his lifelong service to the Lord.
He will be missed and remembered long after his passing.
Preceding Royal in death were his parents, his first wife, Nelva (Reinders), who died in 1972, and his second wife, Polly (Walker), who died in 2004. Royal is survived by his three children, their spouses, his 13 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Jan. 7, 2013, at United Methodist Church in Sebeka, with Reverend Steve Koehn officiating. Interment was held at Wadena Cemetery in Wadena.
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