SENECA, S.C. — Earl Steinbrink, formerly a resident of Apple Valley and husband of Mount Vernon native Davida Kahrl, died Sunday, July 10, 2011, in Seneca, S.C., after a long battle with cancer.
Earl was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1929 and at the age of 9 moved to the North Chagrin Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks with his family. His love of the outdoors and the parks started at a very early age and he worked for the Metroparks for most of his life. As a young man, he served in the park maintenance department and then, by invitation, in the U.S. Army in Korea as a surgical technician in a MASH unit. Later, he became a Park Ranger in the Metroparks and, finally, for 20 years he served as a park naturalist. He was instrumental in initiating a photography club at the North Chagrin Reservation and led uniquely adventurous hikes in Metroparks reservations. He loved skiing and was an avid sailor who spent many happy hours, days and weeks racing and cruising in the Great Lakes.
Earl is survived by his wife of 42 years, Davida; by his brother, Donald (Laurel); by his stepchildren, Douglas Cairns (Angie), Pamela Cairns (Daniel Swinney), Timothy Cairns (Joan) and Heather Cairns (Ann Barton); and by his grandchildren, Emily, Scott, Jeff, Cooper, Ava and Annalise. He is also survived by a son, Craig Echt (Sedley); and granddaughter, Dana. He will be missed by his family, his friends, and his cat, Abby, who was his constant companion.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Earl’s memory to the Cottingham Hospice House or to the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, both in Seneca, S.C.
Submitted by Davida Steinbrink.