In memory of
Robert Murray Steele
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In memory of
Robert Murray Steele
Robert Murray Steele, age 82, lost his long and courageous battle with lymphoma on Tuesday, November 1st, 2016, at his home in Boston, VA, with his beloved wife and best friend of nearly 34 years, Sharon Heiser Steele, by his side. Bob was born July 12, 1934, in Kansas City, MO, to the late Curtis Benjamin Steele and Leone Rapp Steele. He had a lifelong love for knowledge, educating himself about almost any subject imaginable. After graduating from high school in Shenandoah, IA, in 1952, Bob attended the University of Iowa for "quite a while", earning a BA in Math and Physics, a MA in Philosophy of Science, and if one had been offered would have also earned a PhD in the History of the Iowa Hawkeyes football team. He also studied Management and Satellite Communications at George Washington University, where his Management 201 professor apparently did not share his love for Tolkien. Bob moved to the DC area in 1962, where he worked for the Navy Department and Computer Sciences Corporation, notably on successful satellite projects with NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. After working for CSC he began working for IBM, which led him to Houston, TX, in 1984. This not only allowed for the opportunity to work on projects with NASA's Johnson Space Center, but also to perfect his famous chili recipe. He "retired" to Boston, VA, in 1997, where he actually continued to work as a contractor with many of the same people he worked with at IBM. This "retirement" gave Bob the opportunity to further expand his unparalleled collection of books and records, which reflected his passion for reading, history, and a wide range of musical genres, from Meatloaf and Led Zeppelin to Sibelius and Wagner. Bob's time off was frequently spent traveling with Sharon to Myrtle Beach, the Outer Banks, or out west to Utah and Colorado, where he honed his photography skills capturing some of his favorite parts of the country. He also enjoyed admiring the perfect view of Old Rag Mountain from the front yard, preferably while also enjoying a glass of Virginia wine, a cold glass of his favorite bourbon and Coke, or one of Sharon's mint juleps, with his devoted canine companions close by. Bob was predeceased by his sister, Barbara Steele Stewart. In addition to his wife, Bob is survived by his children, daughter Cheryl and her husband Wayne, son Rick and his wife Gigi, daughter Rachel, daughter Meghan and her husband William, and stepson Ken and his wife Victoria. "Papa Bob" is also survived by his grandchildren Jesse, Jay and his wife Vicki, Joey, Lauren, Brennan, and Felix, as well as two nieces, Diana Martin and Valerie Hubbard. Bob is also survived by a host of family, friends, and colleagues who regarded him with enduring affection and respect. He will be remembered for his intellect, his witty, wry sense of humor, his mid-western values, and his abiding love for his family. Bob's life will be celebrated with a small gathering for family and close family friends. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through Team in Training at this web address: http://pages.teamintraining.org/va/cmc17/MSteele In April 2017, Bob's daughter Meghan will be running a half marathon in Nashville in his memory to raise money for blood cancer research.
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In memory of
Robert Murray Steele
Robert Murray Steele, age 82, lost his long and courageous battle with lymphoma on Tuesday, November 1st, 2016, at his home in Boston, VA, with his beloved wife and best friend of nearly 34 years, Sharon Heiser Steele, by his side. Bob was born July 12, 1934, in Kansas City, MO, to the late Curtis Benjamin Steele and Leone Rapp Steele. He had a lifelong love for knowledge, educating himself about almost any subject imaginable. After graduating from high school in Shenandoah, IA, in 1952, Bob attended the University of Iowa for "quite a while", earning a BA in Math and Physics, a MA in Philosophy of Science, and if one had been offered would have also earned a PhD in the History of the Iowa Hawkeyes football team. He also studied Management and Satellite Communications at George Washington University, where his Management 201 professor apparently did not share his love for Tolkien. Bob moved to the DC area in 1962, where he worked for the Navy Department and Computer Sciences Corporation, notably on successful satellite projects with NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. After working for CSC he began working for IBM, which led him to Houston, TX, in 1984. This not only allowed for the opportunity to work on projects with NASA's Johnson Space Center, but also to perfect his famous chili recipe. He "retired" to Boston, VA, in 1997, where he actually continued to work as a contractor with many of the same people he worked with at IBM. This "retirement" gave Bob the opportunity to further expand his unparalleled collection of books and records, which reflected his passion for reading, history, and a wide range of musical genres, from Meatloaf and Led Zeppelin to Sibelius and Wagner. Bob's time off was frequently spent traveling with Sharon to Myrtle Beach, the Outer Banks, or out west to Utah and Colorado, where he honed his photography skills capturing some of his favorite parts of the country. He also enjoyed admiring the perfect view of Old Rag Mountain from the front yard, preferably while also enjoying a glass of Virginia wine, a cold glass of his favorite bourbon and Coke, or one of Sharon's mint juleps, with his devoted canine companions close by. Bob was predeceased by his sister, Barbara Steele Stewart. In addition to his wife, Bob is survived by his children, daughter Cheryl and her husband Wayne, son Rick and his wife Gigi, daughter Rachel, daughter Meghan and her husband William, and stepson Ken and his wife Victoria. "Papa Bob" is also survived by his grandchildren Jesse, Jay and his wife Vicki, Joey, Lauren, Brennan, and Felix, as well as two nieces, Diana Martin and Valerie Hubbard. Bob is also survived by a host of family, friends, and colleagues who regarded him with enduring affection and respect. He will be remembered for his intellect, his witty, wry sense of humor, his mid-western values, and his abiding love for his family. Bob's life will be celebrated with a small gathering for family and close family friends. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through Team in Training at this web address: http://pages.teamintraining.org/va/cmc17/MSteele In April 2017, Bob's daughter Meghan will be running a half marathon in Nashville in his memory to raise money for blood cancer research.
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