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Steele, Jeffrey Alan
48, passed away December 31, 2014. Jeff was born in Phoenix, Arizona on April 23, 1966. He graduated in 1984 from Alhambra High School where he was active in JROTC. Jeff always had an interest in public service and began his lengthy career with the Glendale Police Department in 1986. He held various positions in the department before becoming a police officer in 1989. He later received his BA degree. During Jeff's tenure his assignments included Patrol Officer, K-9 Handler, SWAT member, Motorcycle Officer and Senior Motor Instructor. His passion for flying led him to provide air support for the department's Special Events. After 25 years, Jeff retired from the department in 2011 after a distinguished career. Jeff began his second career with Airwest Helicopters LLC as a certified flight instructor and later as a pilot assigned to the Cochise County Sheriff's Office Aviation program. Jeff is survived by his wife, Veronica; mother, Phyllis; father, Kenneth (Susan); sisters, Lisa (Dwayne) Flanders and Sara (Matt) Swinford; aunt, Sandy Dodt. He also leaves behind cousins, numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. Jeff not only enjoyed playing hockey, he was an avid Coyotes Hockey fan. Besides his passion for flying, he also enjoyed spending time camping with friends. He loved animals, especially his fur-babies Ally and Lily. Jeff will be remembered for his warm smile, wonderful sense of humor, kind heart and zest for life. "I am so very proud of you, my hero, man of steel, best friend and soulmate. I know you will be my guardian angel wearing a new set of wings. I love you and miss you. You and Me Forever." ~ Veronica. Visitation will be held at Heritage Funeral Chapel, 6830 W Thunderbird Rd., Peoria AZ 85381 on Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 from 5 pm - 8 pm. Memorial Service celebrating his life will be held at Christ's Church of the Valley, 7007 W. Happy Valley Rd. Peoria AZ 85383 on Thursday, January 15th, 2015 at 10 am. Graveside services and burial to follow at Resthaven Park Cemetery, 6450 W. Northern Ave. Glendale AZ 85301. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Desert Labrador Retriever Rescue: www.dlrrphoenix.org.

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Published in The Arizona Republic on Jan. 11, 2015
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