Byron Durwood Steele, age 85, of Hagerstown, Maryland, passed away on
December 21, 2018 at home after an illness where he was under the care
of Hospice of Washington County.
Born February 28, 1933 in Bovina, Texas, he was the son of the late
Lloyd Steele and Ina Scales Steele Tarpley and the loving husband of Ann
Louise Peterson Steele, whom he married 62 years ago. He was a veteran
of the United States Army, having served with the White Coats following
the Korean War, and retired in 1998 from the Review and Herald
Publishing Association in Hagerstown as a graphic designer for 24 years.
Previously, he had freelanced in the Washington, D.C. area with clients
such as the National Home Builders Association and the Music Educators
Association designing layouts for their journal publications.
Byron was a member of the Willow Brook Seventh Day Adventist church in
Boonsboro, Maryland, where he served as an elder for many years among
other capacities. He was a fine artist specializing in water colors and
enjoyed photographing birds as well as fishing. Byron was a skilled
mechanic and restored old cars. He served at the Hagerstown prisons for
24 years with the prison ministries.
Family was so important to him. In addition to his beloved wife, he is
survived by two daughters, Dianne Druce (Walt) of Greensboro, North
Carolina and Jane Lanning (Jim) of Silver Spring, Maryland; three sons,
Russell Steele and Roy Steele of Hagerstown, Maryland, and Jeff Steele
(Ronda) of Kensington, Maryland; five grandchildren, Bradley, Bryan,
Christopher, Elizabeth and Lela; three great grandchildren, Jed, Amalie
Byron was preceded in death by a brother, Lloyd (Bob) of Paradise,
California and his son-in-law, Walt Druce.
A memorial service will be held at the Willow Brook Seventh Day
Adventist church, 8916 Mapleville Road, Boonsboro, Maryland, Saturday,
December 29, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his behalf to the
prison ministries in care of the Willow Brook church or to Doey's House
in care of Hospice of Washington County, Hagerstown, Maryland.
Arrangements were made by J.L. Davis Funeral Home, Smithsburg, MD, and online
condolences may be offered at, www.jldavisfh.com.