LIMA — James E. Steele III, 64, of Lima passed away at 6:50 PM on Friday, May 23, 2014 at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima.
He was born on October 18, 1949 in Miamisburg, Ohio to James E. Steele, II (deceased) and Virginia Gray who survives in Miamisburg, OH. On September 29, 1990 he married Rhonda Truex who survives in Lima.
James served in the U.S. Marine Corps during Vietnam and received numerous medals including the Purple Heart. He was a member of the American Legion Post #96 and the VFW Post #1275. He enjoyed attending car shows and frequently attended the POW/MIA rallies in Kokomo, Indiana.
Surviving are his wife Rhonda Steele; two sons, James Steele IV and Elijah Steele both of Lima; three step-sons, Steve (Kristin) Halsell of Holt, MI, Shawn Smith of Lima and Mike Smith of Lima; a brother Tim and a sister Pam both of Miamisburg, OH; seven grandchildren Brennan, Kenyon, Seth, Tyler, Ashley, Kady and James V.
Graveside military services being held at Dayton National Cemetery at 12:00 Noon on Friday, May 30, 2104.
CHILES-LAMAN FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, SHAWNEE CHAPEL are in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations for funeral expenses would be appreciated.
Condolences may be expressed at www.chiles-lamanfh.com.