Robert Wayne Steele

July 3, 1947December 31, 2020

Robert W. Steele, 73, of Athens, AL died Thurs, December 31, 2020 at his home.

Mr. Steele was born July 3, 1947 in Kenosha, Wisconsin to William Steele and Mary Toigo Steele. He is preceded in death by his parents.

Mr. Steele was part of the first graduating class of Tremper High School in 1965 in Kenosha, WI. He earned his bachelor’s degree from UW Madison. He served with the 173 Airborne (Herd) from 1970 to 1971, receiving numerous military decorations including the bronze star. He worked at Snap-on Headquarters, in Kenosha WI, for many years; transferring to the Alabama location in 2005. After retiring from Snap-On he continued his career at AR Suma for a couple more years. He married Nancy Schutz on December 23, 1970, later divorced and then married Rosemary Stewart on October 3, 1992. He was a master wood carver. He loved his family and friends and would do anything to help. He loved to make people laugh with his wry sense of humor.

Survivors include his wife, Rosemary Steele; one daughter, Michelle (Jay) Johnson; one son, Eric (Mary) Steele; grandchildren, Tyler Steele and Alexandra Johnson (Michelle and Jay’s children), Olivia, Gavin and Maxwell Steele (Eric’s children); sisters, Jean (Gale)Thompson, Diana (Gary) Pomeroy, Norma (Danny) Moran; several nieces, nephews, friends and other loving family members.


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Thomas Homs

April 2, 2021

My sympathies to Ro and the rest of the family. Bob did so much for me at Snap-on and always felt like more of a friend than a boss. I don’t think I can ever express gratitude enough. Rest In Peace my friend.

Mary (Rockow) Humpa

January 7, 2021

Bob and I were with Bruce and my sister Dee listening to the band to catch a wave when I met my future husband Bob about 30 years ago now. Our condolences to roe and rest of his family. Had many a good times thru the years with you both.

patricia bruno

January 6, 2021

I remember Bob from many years back. He and my brother in law were best friends and they hung around together quite abit years ago until they all ended up in different directions. Ro (Bob's wife) and my sister ended up being best friends as well. I am so sorry Ro for your loss. I know how close you and Bob were and was so happy when he met and married you. You are a great person and were an awesome wife to Bob. He was always in good hands with you and you both shared so many of the same interests it was great.... You were perfect for one another. Please find peace in that you did the best you could to help keep him as comfortable as possible during the rough times as you possibly could. My thoughts and prayers are with you Ro.