Richard A. Steele
Richard and twin brother Robert were born to Harry and Helen Steele on January 8, 1927 in Indianapolis. Richard passed away on January 11, 2013. A lifelong resident of Indianapolis, he graduated from Manual High School and Butler University. Following graduation from high school, he entered the Navy at age seventeen as an electronics technician. After his release from the Navy in 1946, he entered Butler University. While at Butler, he became a Sigma Chi and was involved in numerous campus activities. Following graduation, he joined the financial staff of Citizens Gas and Coke Utility. Shortly thereafter, he was recalled to active duty in the Navy and commissioned in the Supply Corps where he served two years before his release. Richard returned to Citizens Gas where he would spend his entire working career. Having received his Certified Public Accountant certificate, he advanced through various financial positions. For his last thirteen years at Citizens Gas, Richard served as the president and CEO until his retirement.
He was active in the corporate community and church activities, serving on numerous boards. He particularly enjoyed his work with his alma mater where he served as Chairman of its Board of Trustees from 1974 to 1978. Butler recognized his contribution by awarding him the Butler Medal in 1980 and also an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 1985. He also enjoyed his service with the Indianapolis chapter of The American Red Cross, Community Hospital and the President Harrison Home where he served as board chairman of these organizations. Other corporate board memberships included Indianapolis Life Insurance Company, Lilly Industrial Coatings, Indiana National Bank, Mayflower Corporation and Fairbanks Broadcasting.
Richard was named Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor Otis Bowen in 1980.
He was active in his church, Second Presbyterian, where he served as a deacon and elder.
In addition to spending time with his family, he enjoyed golf, bridge, fishing and solving challenging crossword puzzles.
Richard was predeceased by his parents, brothers Harry and Bob and sister Phyllis. He is survived by Jean, his wife of sixty one years, his daughter Carol Broughton (Chris), sons Richard A. Steele, Jr. (Cindy) and William (Amy) and ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his youngest sister, Margaret.
Honoring Richard's humble nature, his wishes for a private family service will be held at Second Presbyterian Church on Wednesday January 16. The family welcomes condolences through the website http://www.leppertmortuary.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a
. Arrangements entrusted to Leppert Mortuary, Nora Chapel.