July 14, 2012
Stephen George Steadele, 60, of Missoula, Mont., died in his home on Saturday, July 14, 2012.
Steve was born December 30, 1951 in Wilkes-Barre, with his twin brother Russell, to Leo and Irene Steadele.
On March 4, 1972, he married the love of his life, Dawn Rita Derby, in Wilkes-Barre. The two lived there until moving to Missoula, Mont., in 1977. He worked at Champion Lumber Mill until 1984, when he started working at Federal Express.
He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing and archery. His interests include constructing long bows, history, sports and coaching baseball. He had great compassion for animals and loved nature.
A devoted husband, caring father, loving grandfather and trusted friend, he was completely dedicated to God, his family and friends. Steve was a man of conviction, faith, loyalty, integrity and devotion. He was a selfless man who always put his family and friends before himself.
Any who knew him will miss him. He was filled with love, joy and laughter, and could fill the room with positive energy. He was a man that anyone could turn to for comfort, advice or support. Quick with a joke, his sense of humor will be remembered as one of his most cherished traits. He always had a story to tell and an ear for listening.
Survivors include his wife, Dawn; daughter, Melissa; sons Jason and Kevin; brothers, Russell, Arthur, Albert; four grandchildren, Addison, Lucy, Aiden, Milena; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded by, and now rejoices with, his oldest son, Stephen Steadele Jr., who passed away in July 2011.
Memorial Service will be held on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. at Midtown Church, located at 1750 S. Ave. West, Missoula, Mont., with Pastor Russ Smith officiating. A fund for his surviving wife has been set up at 1st Montana Bank. Arrangements are under the care of Garden City Funeral Home.