Joe E. Steele, 86
Searsmont — Joe Ervin Steele, 86, of Searsmont, died peacefully at home on June 17, 2012.
Joe was born in Rochester, Texas, on June 27, 1925, the son of Malone and Theckla (Poff) Steele. He graduated from Rochester High School in 1943 and immediately enlisted in the Navy. Joe proudly served his country for more than 32 years aboard several of of the Navy's most sophisticated aircraft carriers. He spent time stationed at Quonset Point, R.I., and retired from Naval Base San Diego in 1975.
Joe enjoyed time woodworking, fishing and reading. He was a master gardener and member of the Church of Christ, and for many years he served the people of Searsmont on the Planning Board. He volunteered for many years at Merryspring Nature Park, where he met his wife.
Predeceasing Joe were his parents and a sister, Lavoris.
Surviving is his wife of nearly 20 years, Geraldine (Enman) Steele, of Searsmont; a daughter, Bev Stedford, and her husband, Deny, of Waldo three grandchildren, Joel Stedford, Leslie Nolan, and Toby Stedford; four great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild; several nieces, nephews cousins; his three cats and pet chicken.
A 1 p.m. graveside service for Joe will be held Tuesday, June 26, at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery on Mt. Vernon Road in Augusta.
For those who desire, memorials in Joe's name may be made to the Waldo County Home Health and Hospice, who made Joe's last days more comfortable.
Arrangements are with the Riposta Funeral Home of Belfast. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.ripostafh.com.