Funeral services for Thomas Lowell Steele, 61, of Milan, IL were conducted yesterday in Davenport, IL, following his accidental death at a tower site location in Kentucky on Wednesday, October 7. Steele was killed when the bulldozer he was operating overturned during a road grading job providing access to a tower site. OSHA is investigating the accident. A memorial posting at the Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home, said he was “doing what he loved in his favorite piece of machinery.” He is survived by his wife Wendy, eight children, 16 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He founded T. Steele Construction in 1997, turning it into a three million dollar company that provided a wide variety of construction and installation services. He also owned Xcel Consultants, Steele’s Farm, Steele’s Pond and was a partner in B.S. Crane and QC Blasting and Coating.
According to his memorial site, at the age of 14, he started his first job at his grandfather’s horse farm and carried on the tradition to his own farm, baling hay with his grandchildren. He was an AA mentor and had recently, and proudly, received his 30-year chip.
“He truly believed in the AA program and everything it stood for. He recited the Serenity Prayer each night to bring peace, faith, and certainty to his heart.”