Floyd Claire Steele (1940 - 2017)

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Floyd Claire Steele, age 76, passed away on July 14, 2017, in his home with his loving wife Suzann at his side.
Floyd was born on Aug. 26, 1940, in his parents' home in Brookville to David Steele and Mary Rebecca Steele (Martz). He was their third son, after Bob and Raymond.
David had a natural gas drilling business which Floyd helped his father with when he was a boy and a teenager. Always an easygoing and popular guy, Floyd was voted class president every year in Brookville Junior and High School. He made friends with everyone he met. He remained class president, semi-officially, for another 50+ years and gleefully organized every class reunion. Floyd never forgot his ties to Brookville and returned to visit as often as he could for family (Steele and Martz) and his dear friends. As a teen he was on the football team, worked at the local Tasty Freeze, and was an excellent student. DuPont took notice of his math and science skills and after he graduated Brookville High; they sent him to Drexel University in Philadelphia for a degree in chemical engineering. During his time in Philadelphia he met his wife, Suzann Murray, through one of his classmates. After graduating from Drexel and being assigned to projects that took him to Baltimore, Md., and Delaware, he proposed to Suzann and they started their life together. At that time, he began to develop a love for photography as a way to create memories of the family he loved and unfailingly supported.
Floyd and Sue have four daughters: Cindy, Rebecca, Heidi and Amy. With his growing family, he moved around the United States as a chemical engineer according to his project assignments, but much of his career with DuPont was based in West Virginia. It was there he developed a love of computer programming, to add to his hobbies of auto repair, photography, videography, woodworking, and house design and building. After he left DuPont, he began writing computer programs for other chemical engineers and designing catalyst for plants in the United States and Brazil for Sud Chemie. He retired in Tyler, Texas, and continued his hobbies of house design and auto repair and enjoyed his love of animals.
He is survived by his wife Suzann, four daughters and two grandchildren, Michael and Maria Marione.
Family and friends will be received on Thursday, July 20, 2017, from 10 a.m. – 12 noon, at the McKinney–d'Argy Funeral Home, ltd, 345 Main St., Brookville, PA 15825. A funeral service will immediately follow the viewing beginning at 12 noon and officiated by Pastor Chuck Jack, also at the funeral home. Interment will take place at the Mt. Tabor Cemetery in Eldred Twp., Jefferson Co., Pa.
Online condolences and other information may be found at www.mckinneydargy.com.
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McKinney - d'Argy Funeral Home
345 Main St
Brookville, PA 15825
(814) 849-7375
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Published in The Courier Express on July 19, 2017