James W. Steckel '50

James W. “Jim” SteckelJim Steckel, age 80, entered the Chapter Eternal on March 10, 2008, at his home, surrounded by his family.

One of Mu Chapter’s most loyal Alums, Jim could be counted on to be present and actively engaged in all sorts of meetings and activities surrounding the Sig House and he took special delight in meeting and speaking with members of the active chapter. His boundless energy and enthusiasm, and the genuine interest he took in others, supercharged any gathering he attended.

Jim was born December 22, 1927, to Dr. Henry K. and Shirley (Snell) Steckel in Columbus, Ohio. Jim is preceded in death by his parents and his step-mother Gertrude "Pat" Steckel and his step-sister JoAnn Harrigan. Jim is survived by his wife of 47 years, Gloria Steckel; children, Scott (Sheila) Steckel and Kathie (Greg) Mirenda; and grandchildren, Chris, Erin, AJ, and Samantha. Jim grew up in Reynoldsburg and graduated form Reynoldsburg High School.

He served in the US Navy as a pilot during WWII and continued his service in the Naval Reserve during the Korean War, retiring as a Commander. He remained involved in the Navy as a member of the Navy League.

While at Denison, Jim played football for coach and Significant Sig, Woody Hayes '35. Upon graduation, he joined the family-owned business, Tornado Manufacturing, in 1957 and continued to run it while starting Torco Termite & Pest Control in 1961. Throughout his career in the pest control industry, Jim played a significant role in the National Pest Control Association including serving as the Association's president. Jim's entrepreneurial spirit led him to start and run Torco Lawn & Garden Company, Petal Fresh Flowers, Inc., Copesan Services, Inc., and J.I. Gates Milling Pet Food Company.

Jim maintained a close relationship with the Central Ohio business community by participating in Rotary International and served on numerous boards including Better Business Bureau, Chamber of Commerce, Shrine Masons, as well as the National Federation of Independent Business. Jim was a 46-year member of Dublin Community Church, a member of Reynoldsburg Lodge #340 F&AM and Scottish Rite who attained the 33rd degree. Memorial gifts in Jim Steckel’s name can be made to the Mu Chapter of Sigma Chi Fraternity Foundation or to The Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60601-7633 (www.alz.org).

All honor to his name.

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