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Born: Jul 01, 1929

Date of Passing: Nov 19, 2019

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John (Jack) Henry Steinbring, aged 90, of Ripon, passed away on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at his home.
Jack was born on July 1, 1929 in Oshkosh, WI; the son of Arthur and Lillian (Koller) Steinbring.
Jack served his country as 1st Lieutenant Medical Services Corps for the US Army from March 15, 1950 to 1962. He was in Active Duty from 1950 to 1953. Jack was united in marriage to Sandra Sund on June 14, 1958 at the First Congregational Church in Ripon. Sandra preceded him in death on September 1, 2019.
Jack graduated from the University of Minnesota with his PhD in 1975. Jack worked as an archeologist for the University of Winnipeg from September 1, 1963 to January 1, 1990. He was also a member of the Ripon Historical Society, Princeton Historical Society, Wisconsin Archeological Society, Mid-American Geographic Foundation, and Manitoba Historical Society. He wrote several books on Manitoba rock art archeology of the Winnipeg River and petroforms of Central Canada. Jack was a devoted member of Grace Lutheran Church in Ripon. He enjoyed photography, rock art field recording, artifact restorations and historic architecture.
Jack is survived by his daughter Amelia (Fred Hoffman) Steinbring; four sons, Christian, Albert, Fred (Mildred), and Eric (Suzanna); six grandchildren, Simon, Nicholas, Julianna, Manuel, Trishanne, and Emelyne; special friends the Skurr family; other relatives and many dear friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife Sandra; and daughter Lisa Steinbring.
Visitation for Jack will be held on Saturday, November 30, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 430 Griswold Street in Ripon.
Memorial service for Jack will be held on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 430 Griswold Street in Ripon with Reverend Sue Sheffer-Meyer officiating. Interment will be held at Hillside Cemetery in Ripon with full military honors.

Divine Passage Funeral Home in Ripon
is proudly serving the Steinbring family during this difficult time.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 23, 2019

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • I was lucky to have had the opportunity to work with Jack in the field in Wisconsin for 15 wonderful years. I just found out about his passing and always thought he would be around. He was always a mentor, always teaching, always discussing archaeology, anything related to field work, He was always talking about ancient life. He was the finest sketch artist of natural settings in the field that I've ever seen. He was knowledgeable about so many things in the field. I know that he was once referred to as the master of the old copper culture and I think he really is the master of many many things in archaeology. Although I now live in Florida, those 15 years in Wisconsin were the most instructive years in my life.I - Posted by: Joe O'Hearn (Jack was my mentor and friend) on: Jan 08, 2021

  • Jack was a good friend to many and was respected as an exacting scholar and as a man with a high set of standards and duty to profession and to principles. His interests and contributions were multiple and varied extending from archeology to Algonquian ethnology to art and photography and heritage preservation. He founded the Anthropology Department at the University of Winnipeg and established many of the collections in the museum. I am grateful for the years we spent together in philosophical discussion and for the generous help he gave me in boosting my research among the Cree. he was a generous and loyal colleague. - Posted by: gary granzberg (friend) on: Nov 26, 2019

  • Dr. Steinbring was always a tremendous source of support for me in my work at the University of Winnipeg. He was kind and generous with his knowledge and encouragement. I enjoyed our occasional visits and our correspondence over the years. He will be missed. - Posted by: Val McKinley (Colleague) on: Nov 25, 2019

  • Professor Steinbring’s North American Indian class was one of my favourites while at U of W. I recall many details of the class and the genuine interest that John had in the course content. I am sorry for your loss. Gary Pass Calgary - Posted by: Gary Pass (U of W student) on: Nov 23, 2019

  • Jack will be remembered and appreciated for his commitment and extensive contribution to our understanding of the ancient and recent First Nations traditional heritage. He built up a very successful Anthropology program at the University of Winnipeg. He developed numerous research projects, particularly in rock art in which he was a leading scholar. He continued his interest and involvement in research and sharing of the knowledge long after he had retired. He will be remembered as a major prolific player and contributor to our understanding and appreciation of the ancient First Nations heritage and as one of the major developers of Anthropology in Manitoba. E. Leigh Syms - Posted by: E. Leigh Syms (Archaeology colleague) on: Nov 23, 2019

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