Thomas J. Steele WEATHERFORD--Thomas J. Steele died at home Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, surrounded by family. Tom was born Feb. 5, 1933, in South Gate, Calif., to Leo Francis Steele and Mary Viola White Steele. After graduating from Loyola University, he began a career as a USAF fighter pilot. He then flew commercially for Braniff International and Continental Airlines. Tom married Edwina Decker Jan. 21, 1956. Their surviving children are Donna Taliaferro, Sharon Steele, Bryan and Ethel Allen Steele, Greg and Stefani Katz Steele, Eric and Laura Grandi Steele, Edwin and (Bethany) Steele; and foster son, Gonzalo Camacho. Tom and Edwina were blessed with 13 grandchildren.