Aug. 28, 1943 - June 29, 2013
SOUTH BEND - Mr. William B. Steele, 69, of South Bend, passed away Saturday, June 29, 2013, in his residence after a brief illness.
He was born Aug. 28, 1943, in Hammond to William and Faye (Van Order) Steele.
He came from Evansville to this area in 2007.
He was a retired accountant for Guardian Automotive in Evansville.
On Sept. 26, 1964, in LaPorte at St. John Lutheran Church he married Katherine L. Haferkamp. She survives.
He was a member of Our Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church of South Bend.
William was a graduate of Indiana University South Bend in 1990 and a U.S. Navy Veteran. He enjoyed reading fiction, the Bible, hiking and spending time with his family.
He leaves his wife; three daughters, Tammy (Jimmy) Barden of Goshen, Wendy Steele of Phoenix and Sherry (Allison Reed) Steele of Chicago; three grandchildren, Tabitha (Arthur) DeWitt of Elkhart, Rebekah Tavernier of Goshen and Justine Stouder of Nappanee; three great-grandchildren, Corey Tavernier of Elkhart and Nathan and Makenah Stouder, both of Nappanee; and one brother, Robert Steele of Gary.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 3, at Essling Funeral Home, LaPorte, with Pastor Daniel Streuffert officiating. Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 3. Burial will be in Pine Lake Cemetery following the service. There will be a military service at the cemetery conducted by the LaPorte Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made to Our Redeemer Evangelical Church, 805 S. 29th St., South Bend, IN 46615. Friends and family may sign their condolences at www.esslingfuneralhome.com.