Lawrence Steele


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Posted Online: April 13, 2014, 6:47 pm
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Lawrence Whiteside Steele, 67, of Aledo, died Friday, April 11, 2014, at his residence.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at Broadway Presbyterian Church, 710 23rd St., Rock Island. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory,. 6601 38 Ave., Moline. Burial is at Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Military rites will be accorded by Moline American Legion Post 246. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or to the family.
Larry was born Feb. 8, 1947, at Moline Public Hospital, the son of Hartwell and Bonnie Whiteside Steele. He married Kathlene Cowden on Dec. 12, 1970, at Beulah Presbyterian Church in Orion. He graduated from Rock Island High School in 1965 and from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1983.
Larry was a United States Army veteran, having served during the Vietnam War. He was employed by the city of Wheaton for 21 years as the city horticulturalist, retiring in 2005. Larry also taught horticulture part time for 10 years at the College of DuPage. He also retired from T. Steele Construction in 2012 after eight years.
Larry was a true gentleman and always had a kind word; he was a dedicated husband and family man affectionately known as "Uncle Lar." He had a wide range of interests including various art mediums, gardening, woodworking, traveling, boating, hot rodding in his 1939 Chevy and many other things, but most important was his love of family, friends and country. He was a lifelong learner and teacher. Larry loved Christmas and playing Santa Claus for young and old alike. Above all, he embraced life and all it had to offer. He will be missed by all who loved him.
Survivors include his wife, Kathy Steele, Aledo; siblings, Mickey (Carole) Steele, Arkansas, Barb (John) Norton, Arkansas, John Steele, Arkansas, Cindy (Kirk) Swanson, Arizona, Deb Steele, Bettendorf, Tom (Wendy) Steele, Milan, Melissa (John) Oliver, Moline, and Laura (Todd) Dickey, Moline; and many cherished nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, William; and sister-in-law, Linda Steele.
Online condolences may be left for his family by visiting esterdahl.com.














 



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