Roger Steele passed away March 20, 2011 at the Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. He was 71.Roger was born on Feb. 22, 1940 in Nucla from the union of Marion and Jean (Snyder) Steele. He spent his childhood in the Nucla and Delta area and graduated from the Cedaredge High School. Roger met Jackie Allen in Cedaredge and they married in November 1958 at the Eckert Presbyterian Church; she survives.Early in his life he mined in the west end of Colorado and later became an electrical contractor in Aspen and the family moved from Aspen to Grand Junction in 1992.Roger was a hard worker and never had a bad thing to say about anyone, he was much like his mother. He was a certified scuba diver, airplane pilot and enjoyed traveling with both these interests. Favorite past time memories were made with family on fishing and hunting trips in Hayden as well as buffalo hunting in South Dakota.He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Joe Steele.Roger leaves behind his wife of 52 years, Jackie Steele of the home; three sons, Keith Leroy Steele of Palisade, Scott Lynn Steele of Glenwood Springs and Kevin Lee Steele of Palisade; a brother; Norman Steele of Montrose; 11 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.A funeral service will be held at 11a.m., Saturday, March 26, 2011 at Martin Mortuary with a visitation time from 10-11a.m. prior to services.Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, March 26, 2011 at the Eckert Cemetery, Eckert.Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, 3090B North 12th Street, Grand Junction, CO 81506.Friends may leave condolences at http://www.martinmortuary.com
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