James Carl Steiner, 70, of Grapevine, Texas, formerly of Geneseo, died unexpectedly at his home Dec. 20, 2013. Cremation rites have been accorded and graveside services will be held at a later date at the Rock Island National Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded. Vandemore Funeral Homes and Cremation Services are assisting the family with arrangements.

James Carl Steiner, 70, of Grapevine, Texas, formerly of Geneseo, died unexpectedly at his home Dec. 20, 2013. Cremation rites have been accorded and graveside services will be held at a later date at the Rock Island National Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded. Vandemore Funeral Homes and Cremation Services are assisting the family with arrangements.

James was born on March 11, 1943, in Geneseo, the son of Carl C. and Mazie M. (Ellingsworth) Steiner. James was a graduate of Geneseo Senior High School. James proudly served our country in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1963 to 1967 where he received an honorable discharge as a sergeant.

He graduated from the Ground Controlled Approach Controller “C” course at the Naval Air Technical Training Center. He later went on to attend aviation school. James was an air traffic controller for many years; in addition he obtained his commercial pilot’s license. He was an avid golfer, a huge NASCAR racing fan, enjoyed flying, motorcycles, boating, and fishing. He lived a full life and had many friends who remember him warmly.

Survivors include his daughter, Leslie Steiner and granddaughter, Isabella Steiner of Indianapolis, Ind.; son, James Steiner II, daughter-in-law, Brandy Steiner, and granddaughter, Ally Steiner of Indianapolis; a sister, Judy Kelley of Geneseo; nieces and nephews, Ann Scranton, Jason Johnson Sr., Kim Bollinger, Jared Kelley; and great-nieces, great-nephews and a great-great niece.