Ira Junior Steele

Ira Junior Steele, 89, of Belpre, Ohio, died at The Marietta Center Wednesday, March 27, 2013.

He was born at Waverly, W.Va., Jan. 6, 1924 and was the son of the late Charles W. and Bessie Johnson Steele. He retired from the Ohio Operating Engineers Local #18, Akron, Ohio. He was a heavy equipment operator. He attended the Rockland United Methodist Church in Belpre. He was a WW II Army veteran and was a member of the Belpre American Legion Post #495. He loved hunting and anything to do with the outdoors. He loved to walk and drive through the countryside and loved to cook including making homemade breads.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Catherine (Kate) Steele, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters, Earl, Orville, Gail, Bernard, Eugene, Goldie Steele Martin, Lillian Massey, Freda Flowers, Garnet Alexander, and Lucille Massey.

Services will be Friday 1 p.m. at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Belpre with Reverend Jim Condrey officiating. Burial will follow in the Willow Island Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home today, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m..

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