Alan L. Steinacher, 82, of Friend, formerly Wilber, died early Wednesday morning, March 7, 2012. He was born December 29, 1929 in Milligan to Joe and Helene (Placek) Steinacher and grew up on the family farm outside of Milligan. At age 12, Alan lost his right arm in a farming accident. Alan graduated from the University of Nebraska Lincoln and also received his law degree from the UNL College of Law.
After graduation, Alan started a law practice in Wilber. In 1957, Alan married Elizabeth (Betty) Rothenburger (Center, Neb.) and they were blessed with 48 years together. Early in his law career, Alan served as Saline County Attorney and formed a law partnership with his childhood and college friend Joe Vosoba. Alan practiced law in Wilber and Crete for over 40 years. Alan loved working outdoors and doing farm work on his acreage, seeing his four children grow into successful adults and traveling with Betty in retirement. Education was important to Alan. He served many years on the Wilber Clatonia School Board. Alan took great pride in establishing and working for many years on the Wilber Clatonia Public Schools Foundation.
Preceded in death by his wife, Betty, parents, brother-in-law, Richard Spitz. Alan is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law: Cindy and Wayne Havlat of Dorchester, Stacey and William Van De Graaf of Austin, Texas, Brenda and Brad Pollard of Austin, Texas; and son and daughter-in-law, Jay and Dottie Steinacher of Lincoln; 12 grandchildren: Ashton and Spencer Kotas, Nick (Dawn) Havlat, Joe Havlat (fiance Samantha), Derek, Kyle and Kaitlyn Steinacher, Chloe, Harper, Glenda and Roxanna Van De Graaf, and Brody Pollard; two great grandsons: Preston and Liam Havlat; sister, Patricia Spitz of Wilber, and brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Helen Borgmann of Creighton; many nieces and nephews.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 10, 2012 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Wilber, with Father Craig A. Doty officiating. Interment at Wilber Czech Cemetery. Rosary: 7 p.m., with visitation 4-9 p.m., Friday, March 9, at the funeral home. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, to the Wilber-Clatonia Public Schools Foundation or the Nebraska Czechs of Wilber. Arrangements by Kuncl Funeral Home, Wilber.