Ned Robert Steele Jr.

Ned Robert Steele Jr., a.k.a. "Bob Steele", a.k.a. "Bobboo, jokester, storyteller, family man, 'antiquities' collector, conversationalist extraordinaire, late-night philosopher, and friend to everyone," died on Tuesday March 22, 2016, at the age of 66.

Bob was a man who valued family above all else. He regarded his wife, Joanne, to be the better half of their whole. He encouraged children and grandchildren to be loving, kind, caring, brilliant, creative, funny, and all-around good company.

Bob had no mere acquaintances; he had countless beloved friends, and no enemies. Once you met Bob, you always remembered him.

He was a gifted storyteller, and always quick with a joke, but it was rarely a quick joke. First you had to hear the story that introduced the joke.

Bob was a voracious reader. He devoured books, newspapers, ads, magazines, even tool catalogs, cover to cover. He specialized in remodeling and maintaining old homes in the area, and reusing his prized reclaimed
lumber.

He also worked as a caretaker of property along the Chattahoochee River for 40 years. After work, he would transform himself into a kids' make-shift jungle gym. Children were always encouraged to have fun, play fair, and do their best at work and play.

He was proud of his volunteer work with Amigos for Christ in Nicaragua, and Hispanic Ministries of the Nacoochee Presbyterian Church.

Bob was a man of character, and his word was his bond. Community meant everything, and the Nacoochee Valley was perfect to him. Bob loved a good fire, mealtimes, baseball, canoeing, table tennis, growing his own food, traveling, and being home. He didn't love waking up early, tourist season, or hot-air balloons, for some reason.

Bob was crazy about his dogs, openly, and the cats too, secretly.

Bob was born on Nov. 8, 1949, in Huntington, Indiana, to Ned and Florence Steele (deceased).

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Joanne Steele; siblings, Carla Steele (Jac Downing), Nick (Debi) Steele, and Sam (Mindy) Steele, all of whom he admired and adored.

In childhood, his family moved to Winter Park, Florida. Central Florida remained his home throughout school and college, and there, in 1974, he married Joanne Brown.

They moved to White County to make their home and raise a family.

Bob is survived by his four children, Jesse Steele (Marci Kaltenbach), Seth (Jessica) Steele, Sam (Kaila) Steele, and Rebecca (Kyle) Obermeier. His 10 grandchildren are Luke Rogers, Gabriel Kaltenbach, Michael Steele, Jackson Steele, Asher Steele, Andrew Steele, Savannah Steele, Nolan Steele, Charlie Steele, and Shiri Obermeier.

Bob leaves dozens of nephews, nieces, cousins, in-laws, and all the numerous friends he valued as family.

Bob measured success by one's family and friends, and by this measure, he died a very wealthy man. His jokes and stories have been spread far and wide, and Bob lives on anywhere people put their busy lives on hold, take time out to visit, and retell them.

A journey fire was lit upon Bob's passing, and was kept burning for three days and nights, tended by family and friends. All who knew Bob will be welcomed at a celebration of life memorial being held at Nacoochee Presbyterian Church on April 16, 2016.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Nacoochee Presbyterian Church's Program for Hispanic Ministries.

The entire Steele family would like to express their gratitude to the community, and to the hospice staff who offered care and support through Bob's final days.

White County News - Cleveland, Georgia
March 31, 2016

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