Erwin Steiner

Erwin H. Steiner, 75 of Eau Claire passed away at his home on Monday, September 2, 2019.

Erwin (Erv) was born to Adolf and Kryzentia (Voegel) Steiner on October 12, 1943 in Milwaukee. He grew up on a dairy farm in the Janesville, Wisconsin area. He graduated with both a Bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. While in school, he joined the United States Army and honorably served his country for 13 years rising to the rank of Major in the Corp of Engineers. He served as Company Commander of Company C with the U. S. Army Reserves and as the Asst. Battalion Commander of the 397th Headquarters in Eau Claire, WI.

After graduating from law school, he moved to Eau Claire to take the position of Assistant Corporation Counsel of Eau Claire County. Subsequently, he left that position to start his own successful law practice, became an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire’s College of Business and married his wife Kris in 1978. While teaching at the University, Erv was twice honored with the Excellence in Teaching award for his passion and dedication to students.

Erv was a beloved father, husband and friend widely known for his sense of humor and wonderful story telling. He enjoyed the outdoors, boating, reading, debating politics and having a beer and a laugh with those closest to him. His laugh was infectious and his quick wit and practical jokes will be sorely missed.

Erv is survived by his wife Kristine; children Michelle and Daniel (Karen); grandchildren Oliver and Anya; sister Doris (Larry) Martin; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Erv was preceded in death by his parents Adolf and Kryzentia; brother George; and sister Delores Weiermann.

A funeral service will be held at Smith Funeral Chapel on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 2:00 pm. Visitation will be held from 10:00 am until the time of service. Burial will take place at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.


  1. Those we love don’t go away,they walk beside us every day,
    unseen,unheard but always near,still LOVED,still MISSED and very dear (in our thoughts and prays)
    thanks ERV for all the goodtimes from Trevor & Diane and all your Aussie Family, rest in peace

  2. My heart goes out to you and your family today. Erv was a incredible person that impacted and inspired countless people in the community. He was a generous, intelligent person who was a important person in my life. I will miss his stories and will always remember him.

  3. Kris and Family,

    I am so sorry to see Erv’s passing. So many great memories I have of Erv. May those memories help you in this difficult time.

    Cheryl Brady

  4. I’m saddened to learn of Erv’s passing. Condolences to his family. Erv was my professor freshman year at UWEC. He was kind and also a breath of fresh air in what was often an otherwise stodgy environment. I enjoyed his humor and wit.

  5. Deepest sorrow-lots of good times-he will be missed by us-Can’t make the service due to prior comitment. Kris-will talk to you after the dust settles.

  6. Bob and I send our condolences to the Steiner family on Erv’s passing. We were colleagues of his for over 30 years. I also was a student in his business law class. Erv was an excellent teacher—his stories helped me and other students understand the complexities of contract law. Little wonder that he was the recipient of the university’s Excellence in Teaching award. He played an important role in the life of our students.

    Gretchen Hutterli and Bob Erffmeyer

  7. Kris and Family, So sorry to hear about Erv’s passing. I always enjoyed talking to him over the years when you were on my FedEx route. My brother Greg also sends his condolences. Greg and Erv went way, way back when Greg attended UWEC in the early 70″s. God bless…..

  8. My sincere love and condolences to the Steiner family and friends. I am a co-worker and friend to Michelle, a wonderful person of character. I’m sure Michelle inherited so much from her dad, just by knowing her and reading about his life, what he’s accomplished and the wonderful comments here by many, I feel as though I knew him too. I can only imagine the loss each of you feel. As you take each moment, each day and each memory going forward, my prayers for peace and comfort are with all of you.

  9. I’m so sad to hear of his passing! Erv was my business law professor who then hired me to work for him and Kris off campus for their seminar company. We had a lot of good times there! When I graduated and needed a place to live, they rented to me — basically for free. I have many good memories of his humor and laughs, including betting on the turtle races at Houligan’s! He will be sorely missed at UWEC and in our community.

  10. Kris,

    I was so sorry to read about Erv’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    May your memories of all the good times you had together help you in this difficult time. I was out of town and couldn’t make the service.

  11. Kris and Family,

    I was so sorry to hear of Erv’s passing. Kris, I am not sure if you remember me, but we used to bowl on league together more than a few years ago. Thoughts of you and your family are in my prayers.

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