Jim Steele, 68, of Middlebury, died at 5:00 am on Thursday, March 26, at his
residence. He was born on May 16, 1946 in Elkhart to Dale R. and Dorothy
(Zimmerman) Steele. On December 26, 1964 in Shipshewana he married
Betty Miller, she survives. Survivors in addition to his wife, Betty Steele, are
two sons, James (Lisa) Steele of Middlebury and Michael (Jodie) Steele of
Goshen; a daughter, Kris (David) Gannon of Middlebury; seven
grandchildren, Sean Gannon, Nicole Steele, Austin Gannon, Samantha
Steele, Brandon Gannon, Alli Steele, Bradley Steele; two step-grandchildren,
Amanda Gannon and Benjamin Gannon; three great grandchildren, Madelyn
Butler, Alexis Butler, Elizabeth Butler; a step-great grandson, Clarke
Gannon; sister-in-law, Beckie Kahl of Pendleton; numerous nieces,
nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his
parents and a brother, Randall Steele. Jim started his working career as a
printing apprentice for Weyerhaeuser Inc., he then later worked at Lithotone
in Elkhart and was an owner/operator of Steele Auto Works in Middlebury.
He recently retired from Jayco, Inc. in Middlebury after working there 11
years. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed fishing and spending time with his
grandchildren. Visitation will be from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 pm on
Monday, March 30, at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 South Main Street
Middlebury. Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Tuesday, March 31, at St.
Paul's Lutheran Church, Middlebury. Services will be conducted by Pastor
Randy Schroeder. Burial will be in Grace Lawn Cemetery, Middlebury.
Memorials may be given to Wounded Warriors, Center For Hospice Care, or
St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
Current Online Condolences
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Into Thy hands, O Lord, we commend the soul of thy servant, Jim, and
beseech thee to grant him rest in the place of thy rest, where all thy blessed
Saints repose, and where the light of thy countenance shineth forever. And
we beseech thee also to grant that our present lives may be godly, sober,
and blameless, that, we too may be made worthy to enter into thy heavenly
Kingdom with those we love but see no longer: for thou art the
Resurrection, and the Life, and the Repose of thy departed servants, O
Christ our God, and unto thee we ascribe glory: to the Father, and to the
Son, and to the Holy Spirit: now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.
From: Paul Geczy, Jackson, MI
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David and I send our condolences to Betty and the Family. David always
enjoyed talking with Jim about golf. You are in our prayers.
From: David and Kay Kimmel
I can't grasp the words to say how much I will miss you Jim. As I pass
through this life I have had a lot of "acquaintances", but I have had very few
true friends. You have been my friend since I sat with you on the school bus
as a little kid. I will always remember all the good times we've shared.
From: Allen & Joann Sims
Sorry to hear of Jim's passing, please except my sincere condolences.
Please know I will keep you and family in my prayers.
From: Verla Gingerich
To Betty and family, I have a lot of fond memories of Jim from our camp days
at Lutherwald. May God bless you all.
From: Ross & Jeanette Albert
To Betty and Family. You and Jim are valued friends to our family. Please
know you are in our thoughts and prayers. From the Manford Alber Family
From: Sherry Alber
Please accept our sympathy in your loss of Jim. May you feel the friendship
and understanding that surround you and your family during this difficult
From: Carl Robinson, Bill & Carole Burris
So sorry to hear about Jim. I'll be thinking of you and your family in this
From: John & Deborah Riegsecker
Keeping your family in my prayers.
From: Chris Miller (Erickson) Lutherwald Staff 85/86
To Betty and family, sorry to hear about Jim. Condolences to you and your
From: Ralph and Patty Eash