C. Joseph Steinour – LBG #80

C. Joseph Steinour, faithful and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully on Good Friday at home. Joe was born in Gettysburg on May 25, 1929, to Clarence and Marie Steinour. He attend St. Francis Xavier School and Delone Catholic High School, where he met the love of his life, Jean Sneeringer Steinour. Jean and Joe were married on September 9, 1950, and had seven children. Joe worked as a mail carrier for 40 years. He was much beloved by his customers. Joe also worked as a Battlefield Guide for 43 years. He loved the opportunity to share his knowledge of his hometown with people from across the country and around the world. His family loved hearing stories about the famous people he met during these battlefield tours. Joe was a life-long student of history and had a curious and inquisitive mind. He read constantly and looked forward to speaking with people who could deepen his knowledge and understanding. He relished every opportunity to engage in conversations about the multitude of topics that interested him, from World War II history, to aviation, to how everyday objects were made. Joe was a wonderful conversationalist. He both loved telling and hearing stories. He had that rare and wonderful quality of listening with interest and empathy, and making you feel as if talking with you was the most important thing he was doing that day. Joe was a true gentleman, a man among men, and had a kind and gentle spirit. Joe was a life-long member of St. Francis Xavier Parish. Along with his wife, Jean, he sang in the Church Choir. He was a volunteer for the Special Olympics and the Habitat for Humanity. Joe is survived by his wife of 67 years, Jean Sneeringer Steinour, his daughter Anne Steinour Laughlin, of Gettysburg, his son-in-law William F. Coston III, of Gettysburg, his son Dr. William Steinour and daughter-in-law Suzanne Steinour, of Gettysburg, his daughter Rebecca Thomas and son-in-law Pete Thomas, of Gettysburg, his daughter Mary Beth LeVan and son-in-law James LeVan, of East Berlin, Pennsylvania, his daughter Carol Steinour Young and son-in-law Bob Young, of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, 12 grandchildren and step-grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren and step-grandchildren. His daughter, Susan Steinour Coston, son John Steinour, and brother Mark Steinour predeceased him. Joe was dearly loved and cherished by his family and friends. He will be greatly missed. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, April 7, at St. Francis Xavier Church on High Street (the historic church) at 11:00 AM. There will be a viewing at the church from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to The Special Olympics – Adams County, 37 Bittern Drive, Gettysburg, PA 17325. Online obituary and condolences available at

Joe was licensed in 1957 and served off an on through the late 1980’s when we turned in his badge. It was reissued around 1989 and he continued to guide for some years.

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November 2, 2014 Joe Bushey Badge #16
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July 30, 2014 Jack Lynch Badge #132
April 17, 2014 Bob Frank Badge #65
January 6, 2014 Woody Christ Badge #20
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October 15, 2013 Mark Strauch Badge #251
October 2, 2013 John Weixel Badge #225
June 19, 2013 Clyde R. Bell Guide Supervisor
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March 31, 2012 David Gutknecht Badge #221
December 11, 2011 Anthony Kellon Badge #220
October  24, 2011 Paul C. Cooksey Badge #31
April 15, 2011 Harold Small Badge #30
February 16, 2011 Samuel R. McHenry, Jr. Badge #79
February 6, 2011 Perry O. Pherson Badge #29
January 5, 2011 George E. Shealer Badge #121
January 23, 2010 Robert C. Mullen Badge #7
August 2, 2009 John Anthony “Tony” Brogan Badge #129
May 15, 2009 Suzanne Harbach Badge #6
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April 21, 2007 Betty Weaver Badge #1
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January 11, 2007 Louis Fischer Badge #49
February 7, 2007 Becky Lyons Assistant Guide Supervisor
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In consideration of the services of The Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides®, their officers,  agents, and members, and/or all other persons or entities associated with those businesses (hereinafter collectively  referred to as “ALBG”) I agree as follows: 

Although ALBG has taken reasonable steps to provide me with appropriate equipment and experienced,  skilled guides so I can enjoy an activity for which I may not be skilled, ALBG has informed me this activity is not  without risk. Certain risks are inherent in each activity and cannot be eliminated without destroying the unique  character of the activity. These inherent risks are some of the same elements that contribute to the unique  character of this activity and can be the cause of loss or damage to my equipment, or accidental injury, illness, or  in extreme cases, permanent injury, trauma and/ or death. ALBG does not want to frighten me or reduce my  enthusiasm for this activity, but believes it is important for me to know in advance what to be aware of and to  expect and to be informed of the inherent risks as reasonably as possible. Most programs will be conducted on  the grounds of the Gettysburg National Military Park (“GNMP”). The following describes some, but not all, of  those risks.

  • Tripping, slipping and/or falling on uneven, slippery and/or brush and/or leaf-covered terrain
  • Exposure to severe weather, including but not limited to: Excessive cold, heat and/or humidity, sun,  heavy rain, thunderstorms, lightening and/or high winds 
  • Exposure to stinging insects, poison ivy and/or poison oak 
  • Traffic on GNMP and public roadways adjacent and through GNMP, which may be heavy at times and  may include, but is not limited to: automobiles, buses, motorcycles, scooters, horses, horse-drawn  vehicles, Segways and bicycles 

I am aware that outdoors programs entail risks of injury, trauma and/or death to any participant. I  understand the description of these inherent risks is as complete as is reasonably possible, and that other unknown  or unanticipated inherent risks may result in injury, trauma and/or death. I agree to assume and accept full  responsibility for the inherent risks identified herein and those inherent risks not specifically identified but may  also occur. My participation in this activity is purely voluntary; no one is forcing me to participate and I elect to  participate in spite of and with full knowledge of the inherent risks. 

I acknowledge that engaging in this activity may require a degree of skill and knowledge different than  other activities and that I have responsibilities as a participant. I acknowledge that the staff of ALBG [and the  Staff of the Gettysburg National Military Park who are publicly available to all Visitors for information at no  charge] has been available to more fully explain to me the nature and physical demands of this activity and the  inherent risks, hazards, and dangers associated with this activity. 

I certify that I am fully capable of participating in this activity. Therefore, I assume and accept full  responsibility for myself, including all minor children in my care, custody, and control, for bodily injury, death or  loss of personal property [including but not limited to automobiles, other vehicles, pets, etc.] and expenses as a  result of those inherent risks and dangers identified herein and those inherent risks and dangers not specifically  identified, and as a result of my negligence in participating in this activity. 

I have carefully read, clearly understood and accepted the terms and conditions stated herein and  acknowledge that this agreement shall be effective and binding upon myself, my heirs, assigns, personal  representative and estate and for all members of my family, including minor children.

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