2012-04-18 / Obituaries

Richard Steele, Sr.

April 15, 2012

Richard B. Steele, Sr., 67, of Clapper Hill, PA, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 15, 2012 at home with his loving family at his side.

Born in Sayre on Oct. 12, 1944, he was a son of the late Richard D. and Elsie Sutton Steele. He married the former Verna Scott of Tunkhannock on Dec. 23, 1961. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last year. He served in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War. He worked for International Harvester in Tunkhannock, for Harris Paving in Tunkhannock and Conti Construction and was retired as a truck driver for PennDOT in 1999.

He was a member of the Gardner Warner Post #154, Elk Lake, and the VFW Endless Mountains Memorial Post #3583, Mehoopany.

Burt loved the outdoors; he was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed woodworking and carpentry, having built a table for each of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved playing cards, especially Texas Hold’em and pitch. He loved spending time with his family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren, supporting them in all their many endeavors.

Surviving are his wife, Verna at home; three daughters and sons-in-law, Linda (Stephen) Garinger of New Albany, April (Tad) Bair of Clapper Hill and Missy Pettitt of Harrisburg; a son, Richard Steele, Jr. of Fairdale; two sisters, Barb (Bill) Brown of Clapper Hill and Anna Brown of Montrose; three brothers, Mike Steele of Urbana, IL, Terry (Lesha) Steele of Dimock and John (Diane) Koloski of Fairdale. He was predeceased by two brothers, James Steele and David Koloski.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, April 20 at 10 a.m. at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, with Pastor Howard D. Carr, pastor of the Moxie Community Church, officiating.

Friends may call on Thursday evening, April 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing.

There will be a pass in review by the Legion on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Burt’s name can be made to the Laceyville Goodwill Fire Co., 435 Main St., Laceyville, PA 18623.

To send condolences or sign the e-guestbook, please go to www.homerfuneralhome.com.

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