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Willard "Bill" E. Steele

April 7, 1942 ~ October 24, 2018 (age 76)
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Willard “Bill” E. Steele, 76, of Canfield (formerly of Burton), passed away peacefully at Briarfield Manor in Canfield, Wednesday morning, October 24th, 2018. He was born in Cleveland on April 7th, 1942 to the late Willard F. and Elizabeth (Koscelnik) Steele. Bill married Connie Wicks on August 24th, 1963.

He was a U.S. Navy Veteran who served with Patrol Squadron #45 in Adak, Alaska. Bill then worked as a Rural Carrier for the Burton and Berlin Center U.S. Post Offices for over 32 years until his retirement. He and his family moved to Canfield in April 1980. They purchased and operated Hill Hardware in Burton, OH with their son, Keith, from 1997-2007. After the hardware store, Bill started Steele Enterprises, a company designed to provide specialty hardware to Amish cabinet making businesses.

Bill was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. His family meant everything to him and he always made sure that he had the time to attend important family events, like his grandsons soccer games. Bill was a former member of the East Geauga Kiwanis and helped with many fish fry’s over the years. He enjoyed bowling, woodworking, providing supplies to Amish woodshops, and meeting with his lunch bunch crew at Panera in Canfield.

Bill is survived by: his loving wife of 55 years, Connie; son, Keith Steele; daughter, Erin Tarasuck; grandsons, Nathan, Nicholas, Nash; brother, Jack (Bonnie) Steele; and many friends. He is preceded in death by his parents.

FUNERAL SERVICES WILL BE AT 5 P.M., SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28TH, 2018 AT BEST FUNERAL HOME, 15809 MADISON RD., MIDDLEFIELD, OH 44062. Family and friends will be received from 2 P.M. until the time of the service.

Donations may be made to:

MCCTC Robotics Club Fund/ Attn: Mr. Baber
7300 N. Palmyra Rd, Canfield OH 44406

Middlefield UMC Building Fund
P.O. Box 207, Middlefield OH 44062

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