Donald Clair Steele
Aug. 2, 1937 – Oct. 18, 2021
Donald Clair “Don” “Pap” “Big Pap” Steele, 84, of Hollidaysburg, died unexpectedly early Monday morning at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown. He was born in Altoona, son of the late William Melvin and Clare Myrtle (Cox) Steele. He was twice married, first to Dorothy A. “Betsy” “Dot” Grove, who preceded him in death on Nov. 7, 2001. He then married Sandra K. Albright-Hitchens on Nov. 29, 2004, in Altoona.
Surviving are his wife, Sandy; four children: son, Kirth William Steele (Karen) of Bethlehem; daughter, Kimberly Ann Koehle (Jerry) of Altoona; daughter, Kathy Jo Kowalski of Carlisle; and daughter, Dawn Denise Stevens (Mitch) of Altoona; stepdaughter, Heidi Dixon (Jeffrey) of Juniata; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren, with two expected in January; and a nephew, Bruce Carl Steele (Christopher Oakley) in North Carolina.
Don was preceded in death by a brother, William Melvin Steele, Jr. and his wife, Kaye.
Mr. Steele was a member of Hicks United Methodist Church, Duncansville. He was a 1955 graduate of Altoona High School and attended Penn State University.
Don retired as a quality control supervisor from various textile companies, following over 25 years’ service. After retirement, he was employed as an over-the-road truck driver, and then as a tour coach driver.
He enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing and the outdoors. Don most especially enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America, where he was the youngest Eagle Scout at the time. Don was a former member of the Free & Accepted Masons and the Jaffa Shrine Patrol/Directors Staff unit.
A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations please be made to CURE Childhood Cancer, 200 Ashford Center North, Suite 250, Atlanta, GA 30338 or www.curechildhoodcancer.org. Arrangements are by Myers-Somers Funeral Home Inc., Altoona.