Thomas Lowell Steele
1959 - 2020
BORN
1959
DIED
2020

Thomas Lowell Steele

January 13, 1959-October 7, 2020

MILAN-Thomas Lowell Steele, 61, of Milan, Illinois passed away on Wednesday, October 7th, 2020 in a tragic construction accident on a Kentucky mountain top, doing what he loved in his favorite piece of machinery.

Services to celebrate Tom's life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 19, 2020 at the Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, 614 N. Main Street, Davenport. Services will be livestreamed by visiting Tom's obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com and clicking the link on the bottom. Visitation will be Sunday, October 18 from 1 until 4 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Music-Movement or Christian Care of Rock Island.

Tom was born January 13, 1959 to Hartwell and Bonnie (Whiteside) Steele in Moline, Illinois. As a child he grew up on a farm, with 4 brothers and 5 sisters, where his love for farm animals, farming and work ethic began. At the age of 14, he started his first job at his grandfather's horse farm and has carried on the tradition to his own farm baling hay with his grandchildren.

As a member of the senate of his Rock Island High School Class of 1977, his ability to lead others was evident. He started his entrepreneurship installing guard rails which eventually lead to creating the T. Steele Construction legacy in 1997. He will be remembered as a boss who deeply cared for his employees and treated everyone as family. He owned several businesses including Xcel Consultants, Steele's Farm, Steele's Pond and many others. He was also a partner in B.S. Crane and QC Blasting and Coating. Describing Tom as a work-a-holic would be an understatement!

He was united in marriage to Wendy (Walker) Steele on April 13, 1997. Family meant everything to Tom and was just a way of life. He encouraged his 8 children to work hard, be honest and to live down the street.

As an AA mentor, Tom recently received his 30-year chip and was proud of this accomplishment. He truly believed in the AA program and everything it stood for. He recited the Serenity Prayer each night to bring peace, faith, and certainty to his heart.

Left to honor his memory are his wife, Wendy Steele of Milan, Illinois; his children: Amber (Pat) Clark of Powell, Ohio, Danielle (Ryan Turner) Jones of Bettendorf, Iowa, Thomas Lowell "Jacob" (Bridget) Steele of Davenport, Iowa, William (Colleen) Steele of Carol Stream, Illinois, Joe (Mandy) Steele, Samuel (Chelsy Borisek) Steele, Carly (Thomas) Leech, Alex Charles "Wesley" (Tia Fuhr) Steele of Milan, Illinois, grandchildren: Grace and Emma Clark, Mackenzie, Bailee and Walker Jones, Quinn, Griffin and Sloan Steele, Owen, Liam, and Ella Steele, Levi and Wyatt Steele, Nora and Theo Leech, Arlo Steele; great-grandchild, Rosalie Xique, his brother, Hartwell "Mickey" (Carole) Steele, Jr. of Bella Vista, Arkansas; his sisters: Barbara (John) Norton of Bella Vista, Arkansas, Cynthia (Kirk) Swanson of Mesa, Arizona, Debra Steele of Bettendorf, Iowa, Melissa (John) Oliver and Laura (Todd) Dickey of Moline, Illinois; his sister-in-law Kathy Steele of Moline, IL; countless nieces, nephews and so many more.

He was preceded in death by his parents Hartwell and Bonnie Steele, and his brothers John, Lawrence, and William Steele.

Tom dedicated his life to family, work, and God. The way he died is just like the way he lived: Strong Like Bull.


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Published by Quad-City Times on Oct. 11, 2020.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
Oct
18
Visitation
1:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.
Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home
614 Main Street, Davenport, IA 52803
Oct
19
Service
10:30a.m.
Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home
614 Main Street, Davenport, IA 52803
Funeral services provided by:
Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home
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We are truly saddened by the loss of Tom! He was a wonderFul man and will be missed in more ways than one. We wish, Wendy, Family and Friends, peace to bring comfort and courage to face the days ahead. May loving memories be cherished in your hearts forever. The Pohl Family Wishing
Brad Pohl
October 19, 2020
Tom was such a wonderful man! He will truly be missed in more ways than one. Wishing peace to bring comfort and courage to face the days ahead. Sharing in your sadness as you remember Tom. The Pohl Family
Brad pohl
October 19, 2020
Milosz Nowicki
October 18, 2020
I am deeply saddened by the loss of your husband Tom! You both were an example of a perfect marriage! I am so glad that you have ALL of your family to lean on! Regardless of the past...I always loved you! My thoughts are with you Wendy and the whole family! God Bless!
Linda Cook
October 18, 2020
Tom Was A Class Act He Will Be Greatly Missed I Am Proud To Call Tom My Friend Prayers To Family
Steve Oak
October 18, 2020
Wendy, I am Tami´s friend but I have met you a few times and feel like I know your family through Tami. I am so sorry for your loss. I know exactly what your going through. I lost my husband in an accident 6 years ago. This is going to be a long process. Lean on God and your family and friends for support and take just one day at a time.
Vickie Wilhelme
October 17, 2020
Margaret Clark
October 17, 2020
a loved one
October 16, 2020
Daniel Agresta
October 16, 2020
a loved one
October 16, 2020
I am so sorry to hear this. My deepest condolences. Thoughts and prayers to his family and his extended family @T. Steele Construction. In time may you all find comfort in looking back in memories.
Elizabeth Shanku
October 14, 2020
Greg Spenner
October 13, 2020
Jerry Hoggard
October 12, 2020
100% recovered. May God bring His strength, His peace and His comfort to all who mourn.
Cary Frick
October 11, 2020
Sending love and prayers to the family.
The Deals
October 11, 2020
PRAYERS FOR YOUR FAMILY IN THESE DIFFICULT TIMES.Tom was LOVED BY MANY!HE WILL BE MISSED MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL.
Gator
October 11, 2020
Kristin Elouadrhiri
October 11, 2020
Wendy you and your family are in our prayers.
Chris Frick Pinkerton
October 11, 2020
Tom was a great guy. Enjoyed working with him over the years. He will be missed. RIP Tom
Dennis Peterson
October 11, 2020