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Cook-Walden Funeral Home

6100 North Lamar, Austin, TX

OBITUARY

Leroy Eugene Steadman Jr.

September 4, 1931October 3, 2019
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Leroy Eugene Steadman, Jr. passed away peacefully on October 3, 2019 at 88 years of age. Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 North Lamar Blvd. in Austin, Texas will host a visitation period from 6:00-8:00 pm on October 9th and a memorial service at 11:00 am on October 10th, with burial to follow at Austin Memorial Park Cemetery.

Leroy (nick named "Roy Gene" by his mom) was born in Taylor, Texas on September 4, 1931. He is survived by his devoted wife of 68 years, Patricia Rae Barnes and their children: Mark Leroy Steadman & daughter-in-law Suzanne Holman Steadman; Kim Steadman Teich & son-in law Gary Teich. Leroy was blessed with 6 grandchildren: Clinton Bushn, Jennifer Gould (husband Austin Gould), San Marie Dyer (husband Justin Dyer), Kristen Cox (husband Lance Cox), Brandon Steadman, and Melissa Steadman Hart, plus 9 great grandchildren. He is also survived by one sister Deborah Sue Dowell & brother-in-law Stephen Dowell, sister-in-law Joanne Blair & brother-in-law Lee Roy Blair, sister-in-law June Hawley, and a host of nieces & nephews and great nieces & great nephews. He was preceded in death by his mom Thelma Eureka Johnson, his dad Leroy Eugene Steadman, Sr., and his sister Barbara Ann Pickle. As the patriarch of our family, he created an amazing legacy, exemplifying sacrificial, unconditional love, and will be dearly missed.

A lifelong Austinite, Leroy graduated from Austin High School, briefly attended Blinn Junior College and The University of Texas before becoming a lineman for Southwestern Bell Telephone. Shortly after marrying Patricia on August 30, 1951, he began his career in the Austin Fire Department and progressed quickly from hose man to become the youngest Captain in the history of the department. In 1980, he earned two associate degrees, one from Blinn and one from Austin Community College. He ultimately became Division Chief (in charge of all on-duty AFD firemen city-wide on his shift), retiring in 1988 with 36 years of service.

Leroy was an excellent athlete and loved playing sports of all kinds including volleyball, tennis, golf, racquetball, water & snow skiing, and bowling. He especially loved spending time at the lake with friends & family and always owned a ski boat. In 1962, he and his brothers-in-law built a houseboat on Lake Austin. In 1984, with the help of mostly fireman friends, he built a cabin on Lake Travis we lovingly call "Leroyal Palace". These properties became summer headquarters for the whole extended family – resulting in so many wonderful memories, summer holiday celebrations, and opportunities to teach countless people how to ski and ride a tube. He devoted many years to the Delwood Optimist Club coaching boys and young men to play Little League & Colt League baseball. When Mark & Kim were in high school, he was a well-known and beloved figure at football and dance team practices, always with a huge jug of sweet lemon iced tea in his hand. Grandpa's tea was also a favorite of his grandkids, so he had to refill his jug quite often!

After retiring from the fire department, Leroy went to work part-time for UT Recreational Sports until finally retiring for good in 1995. Leroy was a life-long supporter of The University of Texas at Austin and a season ticket holder for football, basketball, volleyball, and baseball games. Except for watching grandkids & great grandkids explore and excel at sports, dance, singing, & many other activities, nothing brought him more pleasure later in life than watching UT sports. In fact, Leroy continued to attend UT games whenever possible until shortly before his death.

Leroy was baptized as a child in St David’s Episcopal Church. As an adult, he worshipped at Skyview Baptist Church, Windsor Park Baptist Church and Riverbend Church. Leroy was a Master Mason at Hill City Lodge #456 and a member of the Austin Scottish Rite bodies.

In 2017, Leroy & Pat moved to Longhorn Village, an amazing retirement community near beautiful Steiner Ranch in west Austin. The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thanks to the staff and care givers at Longhorn Village for their tenderness and sincere concern for everyone during this difficult time. In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions in his name be directed to the Shriners Hospitals for Children or to the charity of one’s choice.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Gary Teich, Active Pallbearer
  • Lance Cox, Active Pallbearer
  • Justin Dyer, Active Pallbearer
  • Clinton Bushn, Active Pallbearer
  • Brandon Steadman, Active Pallbearer
  • Austin Gould, Active Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, October 9, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, October 10, 2019
  • Graveside Service Thursday, October 10, 2019

Memories

Leroy Eugene Steadman Jr.

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Robin Brown Evans

October 9, 2019

My first encounter with Mr Steadman was during a field trip to the state capital. The students were filing into the gallery seats, and as I started to sit a couple of seats down he said “you can sit closer, I won’t bite”, to which I answered “but do you pinch?” - of course he cracked up laughing, and we were fast friends from then on. Leroy was such a character, everyone enjoyed that smile- of course the firemen may have seen both frowns and grins!!

Jerry & Denise James

October 8, 2019

Dearest Pat (aka Miss Pat Grandma to our family) and Family,
Our ties and memories run deep with our family connections. We know how Leroy will be missed and for that we ask God to give you comfort as only He can. Leroy was a generous compassionate soul! Leroy’s Legacy lives on through you and your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren!! They will be such a source of blessing, comfort and joy in the days to come. We love you and your family deeply, your sadness is ours!
The Jerry James Family

Diane Messbarger

October 7, 2019

I am so sorry to hear about Leroy's death. I know that your family,
friends, and most of all, the many memories you have of the wonderful times you and Leroy shared will be of great comfort to you

Thinking of you,
Diane

Larry & Carole Kilmer

October 7, 2019

Pat and family:

We remember Leroy with smiles and laughter. We enjoyed his friendship over the many years. He will be missed.
May you find comfort in treasured memories and in hearts that care.....with our sympathy.

Larry & Carole Kilmer

Stephanie DeMunbrun

October 7, 2019

Heaven has another wonderful angel. I will always remember Leroy as the sweetest, most cheerful fan at all of our UT events! It was always so wonder ful to see his smiling face :-)
Love,
Stephanie (UT Athletics)

Barbara Morgan

October 6, 2019

The entire Morgan family send our prayers and condolences for your loss. Our Son, Bryan has told us so many nice things about LeRoy. Thankful for the impact he had on Bryan. God Bless You all.

Don and Barbara Morgan.

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