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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Donald "Don" James Steinbeisser
April 15, 1935 - September 12, 2020

Place of Birth: Sidney, Montana
Residence: Sidney, Montana
Age: 85

Donald “Don” James Steinbeisser, of Sidney, Montana, went to be with the Lord in the early morning hours of September 12, 2020. He died peacefully in his sleep at his adopted home in Billings after a long battle with heart disease. Don was born on April 15, 1935 in Sidney, Montana, to Joseph G. and Mary M. (Schuhart) Steinbeisser. Don grew up the second of five children on the family farm south of Sidney. He graduated from Sidney Senior High School in 1953 and chose to pursue his passion for farming; working alongside his father and younger brother, Joe. In 1957, he attended the annual Fourth of July Street Dance and it was there he met his bride of 46 years, Leona Gierke. Don and Leona were united in marriage at St. Philomena’s Church in Sidney on August 29, 1959. They made their home on the family farm. In June of 1960, James Eugene, the first of their five children, was born followed by Donald James Jr. (1961), Craig Joseph (1964), Janet Kae (1967) and Trisha Marie (1975).

Don believed in God, family, country and community. He served in the US Army Reserves from 1957 to 1962, the Montana House of Representatives from 2000 to 2005 and the Montana State Senate from 2005 to 2012. He was proud of his time spent in the Montana State Legislature and was highly respected on both sides of the aisle for his calm demeanor on contentious issues and his ability to sincerely listen to all sides. You could often find him telling members of his care team all about his time in Helena. Helena is also where he found love again after Leona’s passing. Amelia (Lia) Pirrone brought Don a cup of coffee. That cup of coffee turned into a beautiful marriage. Lia and Don enjoyed many spontaneous trips to see friends on the back roads of Montana, traveling to visit their kids and out-of-state friends and many laughs. They would have celebrated their 13th wedding anniversary, December 1, 2020.

Farming and cattle played a big role in Don’s life. He was a proud second-generation farmer/rancher. He served on the local and national Sugar Beet Grower’s Associations for many years and was involved in Farm Bureau and the Lower Yellowstone Irrigation Project. Don often traveled to Washington, DC, and “across the pond” to lobby on farm bills and trade agreements. In fact, on 9/11 Don was in Washington, DC at the US Capitol building.

First Bank, f.k.a. First United Bank, was also a big part of Don’s life. He served as a Director of First Bank from the mid-1980’s until it sold in 2014. Don’s involvement in First Bank was the reason his daughter, Trisha, went into banking. They would often discuss banking regulations and bank policies. In fact, Don loved talking business with all his kids and anyone who’d listen. Leona used to tease Don that his life was full of B’s: beets, beef, banking, barley and bull@*#&!

Don is survived by his wife of 12 years, Lia; his sons: Jim (May Ann), Don Jr. (DelRae), and Craig all of Sidney; daughters: Janet (Jim) Krivec of Billings and Trisha (John) Zowada of Bozeman; nine grandchildren: Jeniffer (Luke) See of Tampa, FL, Michael (Jessica) Steinbeisser of Schofield Barracks, HI, Ryan Steinbeisser of Powell, WY, Lauren and Jonathan Krivec of Billings, MT, Sara Zowada of Bozeman, MT, Corbin, Liam and Claire Steinbeisser all of Sidney, MT; five great grandchildren; his brother Joseph G. (Mary Ann) Steinbeisser, Jr. of Sidney; his stepchildren, Annalisa Pirrone (Ray Ervin), and Riccardo (Britt) Pirrone; his sister Mary Schwede of Bismark, ND; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Don is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph G. and Mary Steinbeisser, his brother, Leo Steinbeisser, his twin sister, Doris (Steinbeisser) Tveit, his wife, Leona (Gierke) Steinbeisser and his nephew, Keith Steinbeisser.

Memorial Contribution
In lieu of flowers, donation can be made to the Sidney Health Center Hospice Program, the Foundation for Community Care, or a charity of your choice.

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John and Lynette Hoon (Savage, Montana)
Sep 14, 2020
Steinbeisser Family,
We are so sorry to hear of Don's passing. Loved to visit with him at Agri when he came in. He was a great man, loving and caring.
Just know that we will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.
God Bless??
Mark Tombre (Savage, MT)
Sep 15, 2020
One of my favorite memories of Don was many years ago seeing him supporting his dad as they walked the halls of the Sidney hospital shortly before his dad's death. Don was a kind and caring man.
Lorrie and Gail Vennes (Townsend, MT)
Sep 15, 2020
Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Craig & Doreen (Vaira) Herbert (Glasgow, MT)
Sep 15, 2020
Steinbeisser family, We are so sorry to hear about Don's death. We've always enjoyed visiting with him whenever we met up. Prayers to you all for the difficult days ahead.
Chole Crosby Butler (Sidney, MT)
Sep 15, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. My father spoke of Don often and enjoyed visiting with him. May our Lord continue to give you comfort and peace now and always. God Bless.
Michael & Debra Bingen (Sidney, Mt)
Sep 15, 2020
So sorry to hear about Don. Your family and ours were good friends for many years Dad and Don shared many memories - When a person becomes a memory the memories become cherished. HE will be missed by many
Paul and Wanda Rutherford (Euclid, Mn)
Sep 15, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to all.
Paul and Wanda Rutherford
Butch Renders (Fairview , Montana)
Sep 15, 2020
So very sorry for your loss, I admired Don for years and always impressed by all the things he did for our community and the levels he took this service to from local to state and national levels and still remained a regular guy. We have lost a community patriarch.
Diane, Naseer & Jhazmin
Sep 17, 2020
Dear Janet & Jim and Family,
It’s with a heavy heart we read about your kind-hearted dad. He raised such hard-working, beautiful children ~ as he lived as a dedicated, hard-working and loving husband and father. Really sorry for your loss, knowing how much he’ll be missed.

Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Lisa Schroeder
Sep 17, 2020
Thinking of you..
Wishing you strength & peace
Christian Brenner Mackay (HELENA, MT)
Sep 17, 2020
I first knew Don as the chair of the Senate Ag Committee. He was well liked and respected by all that dealt with him. My condolences to all the Steinbeisser family.
Tom Miller (Rapid City, Sd)
Sep 18, 2020
So Sorry for the loss of Don Serve with Don 6 years Mont Dak Beet Growers Don was a pillar in the community & state Of Montana Honorable man
Jim Elliott (Trout Creek, MT)
Sep 18, 2020
I served with Don in the Montana State Senate which was where I last talked with him. He made his presence felt by his kind, calm, and thoughtful demeanor. He was the very model of what a legislator should be, We were political opposites, which didn't make any difference to Don or me, I thought the world of him and was so happy that he and Lia found each other. I had always hoped to see him again. I will miss his smile.
Rick & Bonnie Tuttle (Columbia Falls, MT)
Sep 19, 2020
Jim, MayAnn & Family,
We have sadness in our hearts for the loss of your Father - Grandfather and the wonderful kind person he was. Was good to know him for the short time we did. Should be a lot more people like him in this world. Our sympathy goes out to the whole Steinbeisser Family.
Cindy Younkin (McAllister, MT)
Sep 19, 2020
So sorry to read of Don’s passing. He was such a kind and gentle soul. I served in the legislature with him and he took me around Sidney in ‘04. I’m honored to have known him. The world could use more like him! Condolences to all of his family.
John Shontz (Helena, Montana)
Sep 19, 2020
Anita and my sympathies to Lia and Don's Family. Don was a true guide and a mentor when I represented Sidney-Fairview in the Montana House of Representatives in the early 1980s. We spoke often and his good advice was so treasured. We visited at length when Don was deciding to run for the House after I retired. He was a rock of stability and he will always be remembered and treasured by Anita and I.
Cindy Johnson Berg (Miles City, Montana)
Sep 21, 2020
Craig and Family,
So sorry to hear about your dads passing.
Hugs and prayers to you all! Your dad was such a nice man. God Bless you all.
Doug Hetich
Sep 24, 2020
My deepest sympathy for the Steinbeisser family.
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