Obituary: Robert Gordon Steele

Submitted by Cheney-Witt Funeral Home

Robert Gordon Steele, age 88, a resident of Fort Scott, Kans., passed away Monday, April 10, 2017, at the Presbyterian Village in Ft. Scott.

He was born November 25, 1928, in Uniontown, Kans., the son of Ira Alva Steele and Bessie Marie Brainerd Steele.  He graduated from the Uniontown High School with the Class of 1945 and later graduated from the Fort Scott Junior College.  He served with the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.  He married Anna Faye Woodring on March 27, 1974, at Fort Scott.  Bob worked as a systems administrator for the Western Insurance Company which later became American States/Safeco.  He retired in 1988, following forty-two years of service.  In earlier years, he was a member of the Uniontown United Methodist Church and later attended the Mt. Orum Baptist Church.  He volunteered for the Old Fort Genealogical Society and the Beacon and also helped with the community Thanksgiving dinner.

Survivors include a sister-in-law, Laura Steele, of Fort Scott and several cousins.  His wife, Faye, preceded him in death on February 7, 2017.  He was also preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Russell Steele.

Following cremation, Rev. Marty DeWitt will conduct a graveside service at 10 a.m. Monday, April 17, at the U. S. National Cemetery with military honors provided by the Olson Frary Burkhart Post #1165 Veterans of Foreign Wars.  Family and friends will meet at the cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to Care to Share and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, KS 66701.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at


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