Steven ‘Steve’ Robert Shinners


Steven ‘Steve’ Robert Shinners


Steve Shinners
Steve Shinners

Steven “Steve” Robert Shinners passed away unexpectedly after a brief illness at the age of 65 on Sept. 6, 2016, in Billings.

Steve was born in Milwaukee, Wis., on June 15, 1951. He was a 1969 graduate of Brookfield East High School, Brookfield, Wis., and went on to attend Mankato College in Mankato, Minn., where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in business before embarking on a long and distinguished career in the Pavement Marking Industry. In 1979, Steve joined Prismo, Inc. in Parsippany, N.J., remaining with them for 24 years as they transitioned into Linear Dynamics Inc. (LDI) and then to LaFarge Road Markings.

In 2003, Steve moved west to Billings to join his friends at Mark Rite Lines Equipment Company as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Steve’s exceptional talents and substantial industry presence assisted MRL to achieve ever-increasing market penetration and sales volumes. Steve thoroughly enjoyed meeting with customers and they loved meeting with him. He traveled extensively, both domestically and internationally, promoting MRL. Dublin, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City, Istanbul, Seoul, Amsterdam, Paris, London, Beijing, Riyadh and Buenos Aires name just a few of his many stops around the globe. He considered highway safety a serious challenge and worked tirelessly for improvements in this arena. There are very few in the pavement marking industry who have not learned from or been assisted by Steve, and his influence in both private industry and government agencies will be felt for many years to come. In 2013, Steve was awarded the well-deserved Mark of Excellence Award by the American Traffic Safety Services Association.

Steve loved all traveling, loved entertaining customers and friends alike, and loved rooting for his beloved Packers. Tiny’s Tavern was a favorite watering hole on a Packers game day. Steve was a great patriot, being the proud son of a father who served in WWII, and took his parents on a special trip to visit Normandy Beach. He enjoyed bragging about his three stepsons: John Davids (Phoenix, Ariz.), Mark Davids (Union, Ill.) and Jim Davids (Crystal Lake, Ill.), arranging to see them when he could. Spending time with his granddaughters was very satisfying for Steve, and he became the Premier Pancake Maker for them. He taught them how to ride a bike, ski, and took them on many special trips, including Disneyland. Steve had a very infectious laugh and, overall, his wonderful personality and sense of humor was only exceeded by his generosity. His yellow lab, Max was a frequent traveling companion.

Steve is survived by his loving wife, Joan Daly Shinners; his stepdaughter, Caitlyn Miars; and two granddaughters, Kyrie and Avalyn. Steve was a loving son, and is survived by his mother, Nancy Shinners (New Berlin, Wis.); his sister, Kathy Lorenz (Elm Grove, Wis.); and his niece Amy (Robert) Rodriguez (Gurnee, Ill.). Steve was preceded in death by his father, John “Jack” Shinners and brother John Shinners.

A celebration of Steve’s life will be at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the Northern Hotel, South Ballroom in Billings.

Steve was passionate about helping kids in every way. Donations in Steve’s Honor can be made to The Family Tree Center to Prevent Child Abuse of Billings, MT. Donations can be made online at

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21 thoughts on “Steven ‘Steve’ Robert Shinners”

  1. I worked with Steve for many years while I was doing graphics at Selby’s. He was a great guy and a very good client. He was always friendly, honest and easy to deal with. I am very sorry to read of his passing. I always considered him one of my better and favorite clients. I enjoyed hearing of all his trips across the globe and he sent us photos of our displays set up in all kinds of very exotic places and trade shows. He was a quality man and I know he will be missed by many people on many different levels. Again I am sorry to know he has passed and I know he will be well remembered.

  2. My thoughts and prayers are with Steve’s family, friends, and colleagues as they mourn his loss. He clearly was much loved and respected, and I hope that the quality of his life will bring a measure of comfort to all those who are missing him.

  3. Passages/Alternatives, Inc.

    On behalf of the staff at Passages, we would like to extend our sincere condolences to the Shinners Family.

  4. Met Steve in the early 1980’s during his tenure with Prismo. He hired me at Prismo to fill his Midwest Regional Mgr position when he was promoted to National Sales Mgr. We worked together for over 20 years thru numerous Company Acquisitions from Prismo to LDI to LaFarge Road Marking. Everyone that knew Steve can understand why I have countless fond memories of our time working together. Steve was a great friend and colleague.
    He is and will continue to be sorely missed.
    My sincere condolences and Prayers to the Shinners family!
    God’s Blessings and Peace…Tom Schuur

  5. I was so saddened to read about Steve’s passing. He was such a wonderful man. So charming and funny. I loved his laugh! He was generous, kind and supportive. Steve launched my career at Lafarge Road Marking and I have never taken for granted the opportunity that was. He supported others in the same way. You will be missed by so many Steve. Thoughts and condolences to Steve’s loving family. I hope your many memories of Steve will help you through this difficult time.

  6. I was deeply saddened to learn of Steve’s passing. He had an infectious smile that allowed you to reconnect regardless of the time between visits. My condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed.

  7. Joan and family,
    We were saddened by the news of Steve’s death. We have fond memories of him and the fun we had together.
    Love to you, Anne and Ted

  8. It has been almost 50 years since I set eyes on Steve at Brookfield east high. And I remember him vividly as a loving soul. See ya later, Steve!

    Gregg poehlmann

  9. I have know Steve since the mid-80’s as a customer, and friend. I will never forget the many memories and good times over the years. That perpetual smile and sense of humor will be greatly missed. My deepest condolences to you Joan and to the entire Shinners family. RIP Shinster…..

  10. My sincere condolences being sent to the family of Steve Shinners. Way too young! I’m so sorry for your loss, he was a great guy…

  11. I am very sad to know that Steve Shinners passed away and even sadder for not being able to accompany him today in Billing. I’ve known him 20 years ago at Lafarge Road Marking and it was always the same, a good man, very friendly, with lots of humor, very professional, a good living. I lost a friend, a great man.
    It’s very difficult for me to express all my thoughts, because it’s not my mother language and I’m in shock.
    Steve will always be in my heart.
    All my thoughts and prayers are with Steve’s family (particularly to Joan), friends, and colleagues as they mourn his loss.
    Your Franco-Swiss friend

  12. My sincere condolences to Steve’s family, and especially to Joan. I am keeping you in my thoughts. Steve clearly was a good man. I regret not having known him.

  13. I have loved Steve since we were 14 yr. olds at Burleigh Elementary School. He was always fun and friendly but what I admired most about him then, as well as in later years, was his zest for life and his love of people. He lived his life with purpose and great joy. I am blessed to have known him. I believe his love lives on in all of us that he has touched especially his family and those closest to him. He will always be in my heart. My deepest sympathy to Joan, Nancy, Kathy, Amy, and family. Candee Kolb

  14. I was do sadden to learn of Steve’s passing. I’ve known Steve for 20+ years. We shared many good times. My condolences to you Joan and to the entire family. He will be deeply missed.

  15. I am a retired employee who originally worked for Prismo and joined the company about the same as Steve. I worked as his secretary for several years at Montgomery, PA and we a great relationship. He was the ultimate gentleman and salesman. I send my sincere sympathy to his wife and family and send prayers of peace.

  16. Carole Larson Kossoris

    When I think of Steve Shinners, I smile–I see him smiling– and hear him laughing– always a great guy in our years at Brookfield East.. — and always there at our 1969 class reunions!
    He seldom if ever talked about himself– instead, he’d engage us in conversation. I will miss him at our 50th–as will our classmates.
    I am so sorry for his family– and feel sad for the hole in their hearts. I’m sure the ceremony reflected Steve’s love of life and of people. Carole Larson Kossoris

  17. Joan and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in my prayers as you navigate this difficult time.

  18. I was saddened to hear about Steve’s passing, and feel so grateful to have exchanged past memories and laughs at our reunions. He was blessed with such a great sense of humor, and infectious laugh. I send my sincere condolences to his family for their devastating loss, as well as all BEHS friends that will surely miss his infectious smile and energy at our reunions going forward. Your in our hearts forever

    Cheryl Barilla Wood

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