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James F.

January 26, 1945 – April 19, 2019

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Obituary for James F. Steele

In Loving Memory of James F. Steele
April 19, 2019

James F. Steele, 74, of Mexico, NY; passed away on April 19, 2019 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Syracuse, NY, with his loving family by his side.

Jim was born in Cato, NY on January 26, 1945; the son of James R. Steele and Dorothy Welch Steele. Jim attended Cato-Meridian High School. After high school, Jim served with the US Army as a Combat Medic in Vietnam. He was married to Jean Hilton, who gave him two beautiful daughters.

Jim retired from the trucking industry, having served as an Owner/Operator for many years. Most recently, he was employed by Revell Oil and Construction Co.

He was an avid NASCAR fan, attending many races. He also enjoyed camping with his friends.

No matter where Jim traveled, he always met someone he knew.

Jim was a member of the Mexico VFW Edick-Hamlink Post #369, the Oswego County Comets Riding Club, and the New York Patriot Guard Riders.

He was pre-deceased by his parents, James and Dorothy Steele; his grandson, Tyler; and his sisters, Cathy Ferris and Liz Olmsted.

Jim is survived by, his life partner, Eileen Clark; two daughters, Heather (Wade Helzor) Austin, of ME and Holly (Scott) Bathke, of Cicero; his former wife, Jean Hilton; two step-daughters, Sheri (Andrew) Guilds and Brandy (Alexander) Monroe; step-son, Thomas (Susan) Clark; brothers, Richard (Carole) Steele and Robert (Cindy) Steele; sister Dorothy Kay (Bill) Visser, brothers-in-law, Roland Ferris and Duane Olmsted; eight grandchildren, Derrick Schneider, Haylee Williams, Abigayle Austin, Dakota Dunkin, Molli Dunkin, John MacDonald, Kaycie Guilds and Courtney Clark; great-granddaughter, Lakelin Hess; along with several nieces and nephews, and his best friend, Jim Cronk.

Jim is also survived and missed by his dog, Zoey.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 7, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. from the Mexico VFW Edick-Hamlink Post #369, 5930 Scenic Avenue, Mexico; followed by a Celebration of Jim’s life. Arrangements are under the Trusted Care of the Harter Funeral Home, Inc. 9 Washington Avenue, Mexico, NY.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the McFee Ambulance Corps. 52 Watson Avenue, Mexico; or to the Mexico VFW Post #369.

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Service Information

Friday, June 7, 2019 3:30pm
Mexico VFW - Post #369
5930 Scenic Ave
Mexico, New York 13114


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