ONTONAGON - Francis "Frank" Steiner IV, 41, of Ontonagon, passed away Friday, August 3, 2012, in Connecticut.
He was born August 23, 1970 in Arlington Heights, Ill., to Francis "Frank" Steiner III and Barb Lehto. He moved to the area in 1980 and graduated from Ontonagon Area High School with the Class of 1988.
Following graduation, Frank joined the United States Marine Corps and participated in Desert Storm in 1991, serving with the 2nd Light Armored Infantry Division as a TOW Gunner. While under heavy artillery and small arms fire, Frank was responsible for the destruction of four enemy tanks, two enemy trucks, one enemy BTR and one enemy bunker. During Operation Desert Storm, Frank was wounded and received the Purple Heart. He was honorably discharged from the Marines in 1992.
On August 19, 1995, Frank was married to Brandi Gentiline. Together, they had two children, Darien and Dylan Steiner.
Frank was very active in the Marine Corps League, the VFW and was a Sr. Vice Commander for the Military Order of the Purple Heart 789. He also participated in the Honor Guard for the funerals of veterans.
Frank loved being outdoors, going on vacation and spending time with family and friends. He was known for helping anyone who needed assistance. Frank was very much loved and will be missed by friends and family.
Frank is survived by his wife, Brandi; children, Darien and Dylan; father, Frank Steiner III; mother, Barb Ernest; brothers, Jeff Steiner and Mike Ernest; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents.
A Memorial Service for Frank will be held Friday, August 10, at 1 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ontonagon with Pastor Howard Neider officiating. Friends may gather from 11 a.m. until time of services. The Ontonagon County Veterans Association will present Military Honors immediately before the service.
The Cane Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Friends may view Frank's obituary and leave messages of remembrance at canefuneralhome.com.