Michael Ivan Steenkolk passed away on August 2nd, 2017. He was born in Toledo, Oregon on December 27th, 1964 to Joseph and Janyce Steenkolk.
Michael was a graduate of Toledo High School, class of 1983. Right after graduating he pursued his love for cooking and meat cutting at a butcher training trade school in Cottage Grove, Oregon where he became a butcher. Among many years of working construction and a season of commercial fishing in Tahiti, Michael worked at Safeway as a butcher during 8 of those years. For the past 15 years, he has worked at Georgia Pacific in Toledo.
Mike was a loving father who enjoyed supporting his two daughters at ballet recitals, music performances, and horse shows and competitions, always encouraging them in whatever they chose to do through the years. He was a proud father and loved to talk about his girls to family and friends. Mike was a loyal friend to many, whose smile brought joy to others and his cheerful personality brightened the room at any occasion. He was known by his great sense of humor, contagious laugh, and genuine kindness he had for everyone.
Mike always loved to travel and see new places throughout his life. During his 20’s and 30’s, he had traveled to Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Hawaii and Thailand to name a few. While going through cancer treatment at the age of 30, he and his dad built his house on the Yaquina River in Elk City. Mike also had many hobbies that included fishing, making sausage and pepperoni, spending time with family and friends, and hanging out with his two dogs, Buddy and Kona who he loved so much.
The laughter and joy Mike brought to others will truly be missed and above anything else, he was an amazing father to his kids who loved their dad so much.
He is survived by his daughters: Monica and Alyssa Steenkolk; his parents, Joseph and Janyce Steenkolk; brothers: Scott (Stormi) Steenkolk, Chris (Arlene) Steenkolk, Brian (Johnna) Steenkolk; former wife, Kathleen Molina Steenkolk; partner, Kathy Oliver; and many cousins, aunts, uncles, nephews and a niece.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, September 23rd, at the Toledo Elks Lodge at 1:00 pm for everyone to share thoughts and memories of Michael.
Donations may be made in Mike’s honor to the American Cancer Society.