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William (Bill) Steele Obituary

William (Bill) Steele

TUCSON, AZ: After bravely fighting a 5-year battle with melanoma, Bill died peacefully on May 1, 2014, with his family at his side.

Bill was born January 26, 1941, in Sandusky, Ohio to Harold and LaDonna Davis Steele. He is preceded in death by his parents, sister, Mary Sloma and brother, Robert.

Bill is survived by Sheila Ring Steele, his wife of nearly 49 years and best friend; daughters, Stacy Frish (Scott) of Canyon, TX and Robyn Dafoe (Robert) of Tucson; grandchildren, Lucy Frish and Devin Dafoe; siblings, Dan Steele (Lynn) of Bettsville, Ohio, Janet Dauterman (Kay) of Ottawa Lake, Michigan, Patricia Steele of Maumee, Ohio.

Bill grew up in Bettsville, Ohio where he attended Bettsville High School, Class of 1959. He was a star on the baseball field and basketball court as well as a top student. He was chosen by his teammates to co-captain both teams with his good friend and teammate, Harry Burd. In 2012, Bill attended the Bettsville HS Sports Hall of Fame ceremony for the induction of his 1959 baseball team.

In December 1961, Bill enlisted in the Air Force in Tiffin, Seneca County, Ohio. Although Davis Monthan AFB wasn't his first choice of duty, Bill was happy for the assignment after he met Sheila during the summer of 1963. Bill was honorably discharged from the Air Force in December, 1965.

Bill worked at Westinghouse Electric Supply in California and Tucson until 1985 when he went to work for the Arizona Department of Revenue. He retired as a supervisor in 2005.

Bill was very involved with his daughter, Robyn during her Bobby Sox Softball years, serving as a coach for her teams. Bill and Sheila spent many happy times visiting with Stacy and her family in Seattle and later in Canyon, Texas, and shared many good times with Robyn and her family here in Tucson watching grandson Devin race cars and play Youth Football.

There will be a Memorial service Friday, May 9, at 11:00 am, at St. Pius X Church, 1800 Camino Pio Decimo with a reception following.

In lieu of flowers, gifts to or the Arizona Cancer Center are appreciated. For more information visit
Published in the The News-Messenger on May 8, 2014
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