Laurence D. “Larry” Steck, 56, vice president of Steck Manufacturing in Dayton, Ohio, passed away Friday, Oct. 17, due to complications from surgery at OSU Ross Heart Hospital in Columbus.
Larry Steck, a lifelong employee of Steck Manufacturing, ran the company with his brother Ray Steck. Larry started out working for his father George Steck while in high school and continued as a key member of the organization. The company, which George Steck founded, began as Steck’s Paint & Body Shop in 1946. George went into manufacturing in the late 1940s when he and a partner developed a fastener used to install rear fenders.
John Brill of Steck Manufacturing said Larry was “very passionate about the company and its employees.”
“We will miss his love for life, and he will be missed but not forgotten,” Brill said in an e-mail.
Larry also was actively involved with church activities and volunteer organizations. He was a volunteer at the Good Neighbor House, an elder at Far Hills Community Church and a volunteer with Builders for Christ, with which he assisted hurricane victims in New Orleans, Mississippi, Cuba and Venezuela.
Larry was preceded in death by his father George and sister-in-law Kathy Steck. He is survived by his wife Janet Steck, mother Alice Rosella Steck, brother Ray and sister-in-law Shitsuko Steck, brother Mark Steck, sister Sharon and brother-in-law Jim Parshall, sister Sandy and brother-in-law Rich Henry, and sisters-in-law Diane Flynn and Mary Ann England.
A memorial service was held Tuesday, Oct. 21. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Good Neighbor House, 844 South Patterson Boulevard, Dayton, Ohio 45402-2623; Builders for Christ, c/o Far Hills Community Church, 5800 Clyo Rd., Centerville, OH 45459; or Campus Crusade for Christ, Attn: Contributions, P.O. Box 628222, Orlando, FL 32862- 8222.