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MAJOR ARCHIBALD FEATHERSTON STEELE Jr.


1935 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
MAJOR ARCHIBALD FEATHERSTON STEELE Jr. Obituary
MAJOR ARCHIBALD FEATHERSTON STEELE, JR. Sept. 13, 1935 - Sept. 5, 2016 Archie departed this life holding hands with his wife of almost 60 years. He succumbed to dementia. He had a beautiful graveside service with full military honors. His floral arrangements were red, white and blue. He was born in Jackson, MS to Archie, Sr. and Ruth Wright Steele. He attended Chamberlain-Hunt Military Prep Boarding School. He graduated high school at Central High in Jackson, MS. He attended Marion Military Prep, Old Miss. and graduated from U.S.M. with a B.S. Math degree. He held a masters degree Summa Cum Laude from Azusa Pacific University. While in college he worked as a junior scientist for the Navy in Pensacola, FL. This is where he developed his love of scubba diving and received his instructor's license. He entered active service with the U.S.M.C. He went through flight school at Pensacola. After active duty, he continued in the active reserves until retirement. He went on active duty each summer for 90 days after teaching math during the school year. He was chosen by the Navy to teach math during the summers in their NEECEP program in San Diego. He was also liaison between the state of California and the U.S.M.C. for disaster preparedness. He won many marksman awards in pistol and rifle. After leaving active duty he first worked in banking, but quit to teach math for 2 years in Jackson, MS and then for 5 years in Phoenix, AZ. He also coached golf and football. While in Phoenix, he received two National Science Foundation grants to study in the summers at U.S.M. After moving to California, he taught advanced math at Moreno Valley High School and calculus at R.C.C. He was in "Who's Who in Teaching" every year. He was an avid outdoorsman and master fisherman. He taught fishing and backpacking in the Sierras. He was on the Board of R.C.U (now Altura Credit Union). He was a Boy Scout leader, a Phi Kappa Alpha and past Lion. He loved deep sea fishing and camping in Mexico. He played competitive tennis, water skied, sailed, played bridge and was an avid reader. With his wife, he had wonderful travel trips. His quick wit and sense of humor will be greatly missed. He was always fun to be with. He was preceded in death by a son, Tom; his brother Tom; his sister Kay and his parents. He is survived by his wife, Helen "Sue" Callahan; sons Archie "Trae", III (Denise) and Walter (Geanie), granddaughters Lisa, Crystal, Ashley and Arwynn; grandsons Travis and Wyatt; 4 great grandsons and 2 great granddaughters; stepmother Hilda Steele and aunt Marjorie Wright Garrison.
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Published in Press-Enterprise on Oct. 23, 2016
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