Thomas Joseph Steele


Thomas J. Steele of Weatherford, TX died at home January 28 , 2019 surrounded by extended family. Tom was born Feb. 5, 1933 in South Gate, CA to Leo Francis Steele and Mary Viola (White) Steele.
Tom took to the skies early as a schoolboy when he flew in a Goodyear blimp. This sparked a lifetime love of aviation leading to a career in the United States Air Force as a fighter pilot, then flying commercially for Braniff International and Continental Airlines until his retirement in 1999.
After he graduated from Loyola University, he married Edwina Decker in 1956 who became an adventurous life navigator. Their surviving children are Donna Taliaferro, Sharon Steele, Bryan and (Ethel Allen) Steele, Greg and (Stefani Katz) Steele , Eric and (Laura Grandi) Steele , Edwin and (Bethany) Steele and foster son Gonzalo Camacho. The family celebrated the 63rd wedding anniversary last week. Memories included many years of extra care for foster babies, exchange students, and international visitors. Tom housed, hosted, and parented dozens of children besides his original six and thirteen grandchildren. He taught by example, stressing education, hard work, charity, and financial responsibility. He loved to talk and challenge ideas and opinions to provoke further thought and discussion.
Tom is survived by his wife Edwina Steele and children. He was preceded in death by his parents. His surviving siblings: Mary Frances Burrough, James Steele, and George (Barbara) Steele were visiting and supporting him up to his death.
A funeral mass will take place Friday, Feb.1 at 11:00 at St Stephen Chapel at 211 S. Main St in Weatherford, TX officiated by Fr. Michael O'Sullivan. A celebration meal will follow at St. Stephen Church Hall 1802 Bethel Rd, Weatherford. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Salvation Army.
From the poem "High Flight":
"Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
...with silent, lifting mind I've trod
the high untrespassed sanctity of space,
put out my hand and touched the face of God."
Published on January 31, 2019
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James Steele
Feb 13, 2019
Some Day, up high, higher than the sky,we shall be family again.
Judy & Musa Abu-Hijleh
Feb 10, 2019
We are saddened to hear of the passing of such a wonderful man and our friend Tom Steele.

We had the pleasure of knowing Tom & Edwina Steele back in the 1980s in Arlington Texas
The friendship was not like others... we were instantly considered “part of the family”

Tom was a man with a generous heart and always took time between his off days to visit.. lend a hand ... and share stories ...
He was never a man of few words...
but as much as he told of his past adventures he would always have an ear to hear our own ...

Tom put family above all else in his life and gave his time and resources to so many...
In our mind his legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of his wonderful ch
...ildren and grandchildren who were given opportunities to travel the world and meet new cultures and spread the love ... all from the teachings of Tom and Edwina...

Go in Peace dear friend... We are sure that heaven will never be boring ... with all of life’s anecdotes that you will share...

May your soul be in Eternal Peace
In God’s hands...


Judy & Musa Abu -Hijleh
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