Jack Steele, 81, of rural Arrow Rock, died Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, at Bothwell Regional Hospital in Sedalia.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at Campbell-Lewis Chapel in Marshall with Rev. Jamie Page officiating. Burial with military rites will be in Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville. Visitation will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association and an online guestbook is available at www.campbell-lewis.com.
He was born in Abilene, Taylor County, Texas, on Feb. 1, 1931. He was the only son of the late John Graham Steele Sr. and Juanita Marchman Steele. He grew up primarily in Texas, but the family was living in Atlanta, Ga., by the time Jack graduated from high school in 1947. He attended college at the University of Texas at Austin and worked his way through school, serving in student dining halls and other jobs as an undergraduate business major. He was a member of the Acacia fraternity and the Texas Cowboys organization. As an upperclassman, he was asked to join UT's student government and participated as a student advisor on the board of the University Co-op and joined the administrative staff of the University after graduation. He served in the United States Marine Corps, with one year spent in Korea, and continuously served as a training officer in the United States Marine Corps Reserves until his retirement in the late 1970s as a Colonel. After returning from the services, he rejoined the staff of the University of Texas as Director of Loan and Scholarship office. In January 1962, he was appointed Director of the Student Union. He actively participated in political campaigns for J.J. (Jake) Pickle, (U.S. House Representatives) as well as for Texas Governors Allan Shivers and John B. Connally. He retired from the University in 1974. In 1954, he married Roberta "Bobby" Catherine Brooks in El Paso, Texas. He was a regional manager for Church's Fried Chicken in the mid-late 1970s, and in the late 1970s to mid-1980s he owned Montana Mining Company steakhouse restaurants in Tulsa, Okla., Austin, Texas, and Midland, Texas. In November 1985, he married Jan Grubb, who survives of the home. He was a member of Faith Family Church in Fayette.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two children, Karen (Kary) Teresa Steele-Avery and her husband, Bob, of Rochester, N.Y., and Michael (Mike) Keith Steele and his wife, Cheri, of Tulsa, Okla.; a sister, Shelly Malan of Washington state; two stepsons, Christopher Warner Anderson of San Angelo, Texas, and Mitchell Wayne Powers and his wife, Peggy, of Colliverville, Tenn.; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Nita Belle Steele; one grandson; and numerous aunts and uncles.
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