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William "Bill" SteeleDecember 9, 2017
William “Bill” Steele, longtime Halfway, Oregon resident, died on December 9, 2017 at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Baker City, Oregon. A family gathering will be held in the spring/summer 2018 in honor of Bill.
William E. Steele, was born on June 22, 1936 in Halfway to George Theodore and Alma Effie (Hulse) Steele. He started first grade at Clear Creek School then at Halfway Elementary and Halfway High School. Bill married Wanda on November 21, 1956 in Halfway. (They had met and were neighbors on Boulder Flat, an area just outside of Halfway)
Bill learned to fall timber in his youth with his Dad. When he was 18 years old, he went to work for the US Forest Service and did so for 10 years. Bill worked as a logger for many years and Bill would tell you, he “enjoyed every day.” In later years, he worked for the J.B. Torrance Ranch in Halfway. Bill also enjoyed doing carpentry work. He built a house, various outdoor sheds and did indoor remodeling.
He loved to hunt, especially elk with his two sons. Bill was very close with his wife’s family, he did a lot of hunting with them as well.
Bill is survived by his wife Wanda whom he shared 61 happy years, sons Raymond and wife Linda Steele of Richland, Washington, Alan Steele of Halfway, Oregon; six grandchildren Russell, Chrissy, Billy, Charlie, Rachael and George; brother Steve Steele and sister Barbara; numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers Gene, George and Arthur and 6 sisters Marvel, Juanita, Aleah, Elaine, Carol and Shirley.
For those who would like to make a memorial donation in memory of Bill, the family suggests either the Pine Eagle Clinic or the Halfway/Oxbow Ambulance through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home PO Box 543 Halfway, Oregon 97834. On line condolences may be shared atwww.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com