Wes Steele (1937 - 2018)

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On Jan. 21, 2018, just shy of his 81st birthday, Wes Steele peacefully "signed off" for the last time, his wife and pastor by his side. He was born in Portland, Ore. At age 16, while president of his local chapter of FFA, he jumped at a chance to transport four cows to the agricultural colony of Palmer, Alaska, staying and graduating from Palmer High School in 1956. He attended Warner Pacific College back in Portland for two years. There he met Ione Edna Unger of Plum Coulee, Manitoba, marrying in August 1957, and returning to his beloved Alaska in 1958. Anchorage, Alaska, has been "home" ever since. He became a USPS Letter Carrier in 1963, a career that spanned 38 years of faithful public service, embodying "neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow..." - nor the "64 Earthquake!" Then working as a Longshoreman, he retired again in 2013. A Christ follower, Wes invested himself in his church and in the ministry of Camp Challenge on Neklasen Lake near Wasilla, Alaska. He will be remembered for his luminous smile, sense of humor, generosity, compassion and the "twinkle in his eye."
Wes was preceded in death by his father, Ira Wesley Steele; mother, Sarah White; and stepfather, Elmer White.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ione; his children, Dean (Tracey) of Washington, Dale (Sharon) of Minnesota, Gary (Treva) of Alaska, and Lori (Ron) of California; grandchildren, Benjamin, Timothy and Katie Smith, and Jordyn and Justin Steele; siblings, Walt (Barbara) Steele, Warren White and Mary Prescott (WA); and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at Cornerstone Church, 10431 Brayton Drive in Anchorage, on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts may be made to Hospice of Anchorage or the Anchorage Rescue Mission.
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Anchorage, AK 99507
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Feb. 4, 2018
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