Daniel Steiner, 87

Daniel David Steiner, 87, of Columbia City, died Monday afternoon, March 31, 2014, at his home.He was born March 30, 1927, in Wayne County, Ohio, a son of Earl Vincent and Clara (Zimmerman) Steiner. He graduated from Marshallville High School, received his bachelors degree from Taylor University in 1949 and masters in social services from Indiana University in 1951.His career began as a court liaison supervisor for Marion County Department of Public Welfare in 1951 until 1953 when he was the superintendent of Marion County Children’s Guardian Home. In 1956, he became the Public Assistance Division supervisor of Marion County Department of Public Works until 1959 when he became the supervisor of Casework Services for Children’s Bureau of Indianapolis. From 1964 until 1982 he was the director of Community Services for the Department of Mental Health of the State of Indiana in which his “unique contributions to the mental health system resulted in the development of 30 community mental health centers serving the entire area of the State of Indiana.” In 1982, he joined Otis R. Bowen Center for Human Services in Warsaw as CEO until 1989. From 1990 until 1993 he served as regional director of Lutheran Social Services of Indiana.On Oct. 8, 1977, he was united in marriage to Rosemary (Williams) Lewis. They made their home in Bloomington until 1982 when they moved to Columbia City. After 26 years in Tri Lakes, they returned to Columbia City in July 2010.His church affiliation was with North Christian Church in Fort Wayne. He loved aviation and piloting his private airplane. A rich bass/baritone, he sang with the Taylor Quartet, Cadle Tabernacle Show and Indianapolis Symphonic Choir. He was also an avid woodworker.Surviving relatives include his wife, Rosemary; a son, David K. (Robin) Steiner of Indianapolis; four step children, John R. Lewis of Bloomington, Jennifer Lewis of Noblesville, Joni L. Lewis of Portage, Wisc.and Jill Lewis-Kelly of Brooklyn. N.Y.; four grandchildren, Suzanne E. Steiner, Daniel D. Steiner II, Benjamin E. Steiner and Christopher A. Steiner; two step grandsons, Robert Dean Babcock and Ryan Douglas Babcock; six great-grandchildren; and a sister, Pauline Nevius of Orrville, Ohio.He was preceded in death by eight brothers, Vincent, Dwight, Carey, James, Mark, Matthew, Lowell and Merritt; a sister, Lois Suppes; and a great-granddaughter.The funeral service will be held at 5 p.m. Friday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City, with visitation after 2 p.m. Friday. The committal service followed by burial will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Park Cemetery, Greenfield.Preferred memorials are to North Christian Church or Whitley County Community Foundation.Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.