Former Mendota resident Alan R. Steele, 67, Winter, Wis., died on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 at Eau Claire, Wis.
He was born on Nov. 26, 1946 in Mendota, the son of Nolan and Josephine (Shotkus) Steele.
He married Mary Lou Thomas on June 19, 1971 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in the Hills, Princeton.
He graduated from Mendota High School in 1964 and Western Illinois University, Macomb, in 1973.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was stationed in Germany.
He was employed as site superintendent at White Pines State Park, retiring in November of 2002.
Alan was a member of American Legion Post 394, Draper, Wis. He was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou, Winter, Wis.; two daughters, Heidi (Jeff) Bushnell, Rockford, and Jennifer (Mark) Bushnell, Sycamore; a son, Jeff Steele, Island Lake; four grandchildren, Madison and Tyler Bushnell, Austin and Ethan Steele; and a sister, Mary Jo (Verne) Moore, Sycamore.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services were held Jan. 6 at Schwarz Funeral Home, Mendota, with Deacon Vince Slomian officiating.
Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Mendota.
Full military rites were done by Mendota VFW Post 4079.
A memorial has been established to American Legion Post 394 Draper, 6994 N. Main St., Draper WI 54896.
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