Alan Steinhoff

Alan Steinhoff, 74, Pipestone, and Brandon, S.D., died Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021 at his home near Pipestone.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thursday, Dec. 23  at St. Leo Catholic Church in Pipestone with Msgr. Gerald Kosse officiating.

Urn bearers were Alan’s grandchildren.

Interment was in St. Adrian Catholic Cemetery in Adrian.

Alan Ray Steinhoff was born May 20, 1947 to Ray and Betty Steinhoff in Adrian. He was raised at the family home near Magnolia. He attended St. Adrian Catholic Church until moving with his family to Lake Benton in 1954. He attended District 10 Country School through fourth grade and graduated from Lake Benton High School in 1965. Alan graduated from Dakota State University in 1969, received his Master’s Degree in Education in 1991 from SDSU, Brookings, S.D. and Specialist Degree from Mankato University of Minnesota in 1993.

He taught History, Social Studies, and Physical Education at Wanamingo, Minn., Hendricks, Astoria, S.D., Verdi, Glencoe and Russell-Tyler-Ruthton. He coached football and basketball throughout his 30 years of teaching.

He married his high school sweetheart, Joyce Otkin of Verdi on June 10, 1972 at St. Leo Catholic Church in Pipestone.

The family purchased an acreage in Altona Township, Pipestone County in 1979 turning it into the home of their dreams. Alan started with a few head of Black Angus and built up his herd through the years to make his small cattle ranch dream a reality.

Alan bought Joyce his sister’s house in Brandon, S.D., where the whole family enjoys their southern home.

He enjoyed everything he did from teaching, 25 years of Driver Education for the young and the senior citizens, baling hay and fixing fence for his cattle, teaching religion at St. Leo’s and coaching football and basketball. Alan was a part of the adult men’s basketball team that claimed the Minnesota 1986 “Class D State Championship,” coached by Alan Carpenter of Lake Benton. After retirement Alan worked part-time as a Pipestone County Jailer.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce of 49 years; children, Sandi Steinhoff-Muller (Tom), Pipestone, Scott Steinhoff (Katie Gilloffo), Chaska and Skip Steinhoff (Casie Goebel), Pipestone; five grandchildren; sister, Barbara Coulter, Brandon, and brother, Steve (Bonnie) Steinhoff, Alameda, Calif.; sister-in-law, Joyce Otkin, Fulda and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by parents, Ray and Betty Steinhoff; grandparents, John and Anna Cox and Joe and Lena Steinhoff; brother-in-law, Dan Coulter; mother and father-in-law, Melvin and Marie Otkin and brother-in-law, Wayne Otkin.

(Hartquist Funeral Home,

Pipestone Chapel)