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Lt. Colonel Tom R. Steel

Obituary for Lt. Colonel Tom R. Steel

August 12, 1932 - February 13, 2017
Leander, Texas | Age 84


Tommy Rolfe Steel, 84, of Leander, Texas passed away peacefully on Monday, February 13, 2017 at Baylor Scott White Medical Center in Round Rock, Texas. He was born August 12, 1932 in Texarkana, Arkansas and grew up in Texarkana, Texas. He attended Texas A&M University where he was in ROTC and a senior member of the band. He joined the Air Force and retired after 22 years as a Lt. Colonel. He then worked as the Executive Director of the the Child's Saving Institute and later as a vocational rehabilitation counselor in Nebraska and New Mexico. Tom had many interests and hobbies. He was a member of the Santa Fe Trail association and was elected El Alcalde (President) of the local chapter "End of the Trail" in Santa Fe, NM. He loved music and played his trumpet in community orchestras and musicals.

He enjoyed acting and performed in melodramas and plays and was an extra in several movies and music videos! Tom was a true believer in having an active lifestyle. He enjoyed running, tennis, racquetball, golf, and always had a membership at the local gym. One of Tom's greatest joys in life came from his love of animals. Throughout his life he had many pets ranging from dogs to horses to pigs and even a goat! You could always find Tom walking a dog and chatting with neighbors! He was a loving husband, proud father, grandfather, great grandfather, and caring friend.

Tom is survived by wife, Carlene Steel of Leander, TX; children, Suzan Kenik and husband Dr. Jay Kenik of Omaha, NE; Stephen Beasley and wife Ann Starr of Austin, TX; and Melissa Beasley-Coke and husband Jason Coke of Flower Mound, TX; grandchildren, Jordan Kenik, Samantha Kenik, Micah Beasley, Vaughn Beasley, and great grandson, Ezra Phillips Kenik.

He was preceded in death by parents, Thomas R. and Eva Steel and first wife, Wanda Steel.

Funeral services will take place March 3, 2017 at 1:15 p.m. at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to:
Austin Humane Society
124 W. Anderson Ln
Austin, TX 78752

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1200 South Bagdad Rd.
Leander, TX 78641
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