Albert H. Steele Sr., 94, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away on Saturday, July 22, 2017, at Beebe Healthcare hospital. He was born Sept. 28, 1922, in Frankford, Del.
Steele served his country during World War II, with the U.S. Army in Germany and Japan. He was awarded the American Theatre Ribbon, European Middle Eastern Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Ribbon and a Victory Medal. He retired as a bulk-feed truck driver for Murray’s Feed Service (Cargill) of Frankford, and he had previously worked for Curtis W. Steen Milling in Dagsboro, Del.
Steele was a life member of Mason-Dixon VFW Post #7234, past member of the American Legion, Moose and Eagles, where he served in several positions.
Steele was always available to help or fix anything. He was constantly building, fixing or tinkering on something and was a jack-of-all-trades. He loved working many years with his friends on Saturdays in summer at the VFW Chicken Shack in Bethany Beach. His family gave him the nickname of “Sanford & Sons” because he loved his yard sales and visiting the Christian Storehouse to find a bargain. He was loved by all and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Steele was preceded in death by his mother, Clara Steele Hammond; his three half-sisters, Hedy Wilkinson, Ruth Shockley and Dorothy Lynch; two half-brothers, William Hammond Jr. and Asher Hammond; and his great-grandchild George Jenkins Jr. He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Edna Mae (Townsend) Steele; his two daughters, Sharon S. Joseph and her husband, Clifford, of Harbeson, Del., and Diane Jenkins and her husband, Robert, of Georgetown, Del.; two sons, Albert H. Steele Jr. and his friend, Tina Lofland, of Georgetown, and Brian K. Steele and his fiancée, Christine Waltz, of Milford, Del.; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law Harry Townsend Jr. and his wife, Nora, sister-in-law Annette Hammond and brother-in-law John Wilkinson; many nieces and nephews; his Hardee’s coffee buddies; and his buddy Harvey Melson.
A visitation and funeral service were scheduled for July 27, 2017, at Melson Funeral Services, Frankford, Del. Interment with military honors were to follow at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to Mason-Dixon VFW Post #7234; 29265 Marshy Hope Way; Ocean View, DE 19970. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.