|JAMES ROBERT STEELE, age 74, of Knoxville, Illinois died at 6:30 A.M. on Thursday, March 3, 2011 at his residence.
He was born on June 10, 1936 in Galesburg, Illinois, the son of Robert and Dixie Cramer Steele.
He married Carole Jeannine Carlson on September 3, 1956 at the Grace Lutheran Church in Knoxville, Illinois. She survives.
Also surviving are:
Daughter: Christine Jeannine Rose Lehr of Knoxville, Illinois
Son: Robert Lee (Stephanie) Steele of Gilson, Illinois
Grandchildren: Dirk Alden (Lindsey) Steele of Maquon, Illinois
Darla Mae Steele of Galesburg, Illinois
Cole Richard Lee Steele of Gilson, Illinois
Stuart Glenn Lehr of Knoxville, Illinois
Lauren Rose Lehr of Gilson, Illinois
Gloria Jeannine Lehr of East Lansing, Michigan
Dillon James Lehr of Knoxville, Illinois
Great Grandson: Andrew Robert Steele of Maquon, Illinois
Preceded in death by his parents and daughter-in-law: Debbie Steele
He graduated from the Knoxville High School in 1954.
He served in the United States Marine Corps from June 25, 1954 until June 24, 1956 receiving the National Defense Service Medal. He was a member of the Harry Philblad American Legion Post # 749 of Knoxville, Illinois.
He farmed his whole life and was a member of the Knox County Farm Bureau, the National Hampshire Swine Breeders Association and served as a 4-H Leader.
He was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church in Knoxville, Illinois where he served as a board member. He operated the FS Service Station in Maquon before moving to Knoxville.
In recent years, his interests included duck carving and raising pheasants, quail, ducks and chickens.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 6, 2011 from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. at the Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home and Crematory in Knoxville, Illinois. Private Graveside Funeral Services will be held on Monday, March 7, 2011 at 1:00 P.M. at the Knoxville Cemetery in Knoxville, Illinois with Military Rites conducted by the Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post # 285 of Galesburg, Illinois. Memorials may be made to the Grace Lutheran Church in Knoxville, Illinois. On-line condolences and sympathy cards may be sent through www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com