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Daniel James Steiner was born Aug. 7, 1977 near Barwick, Ont. At the age of 15, he experienced the second birth, giving his heart to the Lord.

He was baptized at the age of 16 and became a member of the Woodside Mennonite Church at Sleeman, Ont. It was a joy to see his dedication to the Lord and spiritual growth.

Daniel carried a real burden for those who did not know the Lord, especially young people.

On June 13, 1998, Daniel was joined in marriage to Marion Dyck of Vanderhoof, B.C. The couple took up residence near Vanderhoof, where Daniel worked as a heavy-duty mechanic for Gulbranson Logging Co.

On Aug. 28, 1998, Daniel was involved in a canoeing accident, and the Lord took him home through drowning. He died with an audible prayer on his lips.

Daniel lived only 21 years and 22 days until the Lord saw fit to take him back to Himself. His life was an inspiration to those who knew him; his death a call to greater dedication to the Lord.

Left to grieve his departing is his loving wife, Marion; her parents, John and Susan Dyck, and their children, Eva, Esther, Benjamin, Jonathan, Tina, Naomi, and Dorcas; his parents, James and Annie Steiner, and their children, Rachel (wife of Vernon Heatwole), Mark, Nelson, Marvin, Joel, Kevin, and Arlin.

Also surviving are Daniel’s grandparents, Dorothy Steiner, and Ben and Helen Krahn; and Marion’s grandparents, Frank and Helen Zacharias, and David and Agatha Dyck.

The funeral service was held Thursday, Sept. 3, 1998 at Vanderhoof B.C., with interment following at the Mapes Mennonite Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Mark Steiner, Nelson Steiner, Marvin Steiner, Benjamin Dyck, Ronald Steiner, and Nathan Martin.

A memorial service will be held for Daniel Steiner at the Barwick Community Hall on Friday, Sept. 11, 1998 at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome.