William M. "Bill" Steen

March 18, 1938January 12, 2014
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William Martin “Bill” Steen, age 75, passed into eternal life in Conroe, Texas, on Sunday, January 12, 2014, after a courageous yet tranquil battle with cancer. Bill was born in Jennings, Louisiana, to Lester James Steen and Helen Margaret (Johnson) Steen on March 18, 1938. In 1940 they moved to Conroe, Texas, where Bill’s school days began. He graduated from Conroe High School, a proud member of the Class of 1956. In 1958 he married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Barbara Ann Foeh. Later that same year he and Barbara moved to Lafayette, Louisiana, and lived there until 1963 when Bill earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). In 1979 he earned his Master of Education degree from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas.

Bill started his career in education by teaching English and Latin at Aldine High School in the fall of 1963. After teaching several years he was employed as Credit Manager for John Holmes Tire Co., then became self-employed and co-owner of B & E Sinclair Station and Miracle City Rentals, all in Conroe. In 1970 he resumed teaching at Conroe High School with his English and Latin classes, then only taught Driver Education until his retirement in 1993. In the early 1970s he was a member of the Conroe Jaycees and Evening Lions Club. He was also employed for 20 years by H&R Block during tax season as a tax preparer, eight of those years as Office Supervisor in the Conroe office, and after that he kept a home office where he continued to prepare tax returns for numerous clients. Bill joined the United States Naval Air Reserves in 1955 and retired from the Navy after 29 years of service. In 2002 he was appointed to the Appraisal Review Board of the Montgomery County Central Appraisal District, serving as a member several years and later as Board Chairman.

Bill always believed that one should work hard, but also play hard. He possessed an independent nature with a keen sense of wit. Over the years he enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling, country music, different card games and dominoes. He also enjoyed tinkering with antique clocks, eventually co-owning The Century Shoppe locally for several years. Beekeeping was a personal interest of his, and he was a past president of the Montgomery County Beekeepers Association. Researching family genealogy was a favorite and personal quest he encouraged others to pursue, and he was always willing and eager to share helpful information and stories. He was especially proud of his paternal Scotch-Irish ancestry. Bill was an avid Conroe Tigers football fan and took special interest in keeping up with the Ganado Indians team as well. In general he loved Texas high school football and went all over the state to attend certain games. Bill never met a stranger; he maintained Christian values throughout his life.

Preceded in death by his parents, Bill is survived by his wife Barbara; daughter, Sheryl Ann Steen; son, William “Martin” Steen II; brother and sister-in-law, Gerald “Jerry” and Linda Steen; brother-in-law, Fred Foeh; sister-in-law, Grace McDonald; a number of nephews, nieces, cousins and a multitude of friends. He will be missed immensely by all who knew him and loved him. Serving as Pallbearers will be Don Archer, John Madison “J.M.” Golding, Kenneth E. “Joe” Guinn, Bert H. Lynch, Dan “Stoney” Phillips, Marshall Toppel, John E. Weisinger and Aaron Wilson. Honorary Pallbearers will be Edward Broussard, John King, Rigby Owen, Jr., Cecil Stevenson, Wayne “Sonny” Winch, Ronnie Vidrine, Robert Zuber, members of the Texas Chowboys BBQ team, Bobby Bothe and the Ganado Backyard Boosters.

The family will receive family and friends on Friday, January 17, 2014, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. for visitation at Metcalf Funeral Home, 1801 East White Oak Terrace, in Conroe. A service of remembrance will be held in the Metcalf Chapel on Saturday, January 18, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. conducted by Rev. Bobby Lynch with interment to follow at Conroe Memorial Cemetery. After interment family and close friends are invited to the Conroe Tower, 6th floor, 300 West Davis, to share in the celebration of Bill’s life.

For those wishing to make memorial gifts in Bill’s name, it would please the family to consider Montgomery County Genealogical & Historical Society (MCGHS), c/o Montgomery County Library, 104 I-45 North, Conroe, TX 77301; Heritage Museum of Montgomery County, 1506 I-45 North, Conroe, TX 77305; Camp Summit, Capital Campaign, 17210 Campbell Rd., Suite 180-W, Dallas, TX 75252; M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, P. O. Box 4464, Houston, TX 77210-4464, or a charity of your choice.

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7)


  • Visitation Friday, January 17, 2014
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 18, 2014

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John Cryar

February 19, 2014

Barbara, I want to offer you and your family my heartfelt condolences.

February 16, 2014

I am a friend of Sherryl and know how she adored her Dad. My hartfelt condolences to her and her Mom and the entire Steen family.
Anya Hazelwood and John.

Melinda Zuber

February 10, 2014

I know that mom is with you Bill. Love to you all Barbara, Sheryl and Martin.

Jo (Guest) Chapman

February 5, 2014

I'm so saddened to hear of Mr. Steen's passing. He was my Driver's Ed. Teacher at C.H.S. and he had the confidence in me to let me cut his hair AND insisted I shave his neck with a straight razor in my Cosmetology class! I'll always remember being scared to do it and he would sit calmly and say,"You can do it Guest". :) He was a firm, but encouraging Teacher and highly respected by the lives he touched. God Bless his family during this sad time.

Patsy Funderburk

February 2, 2014

I was saddened to hear of Bill's passing. He was a classmate and fellow 1956 graduate of Conroe High School. His friendliness was an encouragement to me. At one time when I went to H & R Block, he assisted me with my taxes.
He gave me some financial advice which I followed and which was of much help to me. I've never forgotton that and have passed that same information along to those I thought might need it as I did. I've thought of it often through the years, and always with appreciation for Bill. To his family and those closest to him, I offer my sincere hope for your comfort during this very hard time.

Linda Teague

January 28, 2014

Bill and I had a lot of history. My first encounter was when he was in Junior High School and we lived in the Shell camp down Porter road from his house My mother would bring me to school most morning so she could go to The B&C coffee shop to see everyone and go to post office to get mail. Bill would miss the school bus a lot of mornings and he would wait for us to come by he never thumbed a ride because he always waited for me and my mother to come by!! My mother Clara Boles loved it!! And who knew he would grow up to marry my very best friend Barbara!! What a journey it has been. I will always love him because he loved my best friend Barbara!! Love to all of you Linda

Peggy Isbell Hall

January 27, 2014

Barbara and Steen Family,
We have kept you in our prayers during these times and will continue to do so. It was our privilege to know Bill and Gerald's parents,Mr & Mrs Steen and their friends, Mr & Mrs Powledge, along with the Steen sons as well. I wish I could express to you all how much we thought of all your family over the years. I well remember the dad, Mr Steen, always greeting us at Mims, and the hunting trips of the mom, Mrs Steen. They were fun just like Bill. Your Bill was cut from a good family mold. Over the years I have heard so many funny stories about the fishing times with J.M., Bert, and him. Their friendship was always admirable to those around them. You will miss him--we all know that. His smile with those mischievous, twinkling eyes (inherited from his mom) will always remain in our hearts, but you have all the years of beautiful memories with him forever in yours. We do earnestly pray for you as you walk through this valley. May God comfort you and give you peace of mind and spirit. Sincerely.

Lynn Davis

January 26, 2014

How I did enjoy the many discussions of history and genealogy and relatives with the guy I called "Sweet William". He kept me on my toes and we shared great conversations, I will really miss that. He and Barbara added a lot to the lives of our Class of '58. They have been a blessing. My Love and prayers to Barbara, Sheryl and Martin.

Beverly Lebr Moody

January 23, 2014

Sheryl, I am deeply saddened to hear of your dad's death. He was an amazing man.. kind, always helping others, taking time out for people, always a smile on his face, and was my Drivers Ed teacher.. he had such patience.. May the memories of your dad help you thru the days, weeks and years ahead. With deepest sympathy. Beverly Lebr Moody Class of 1976

David Sharp (CHS76)

January 21, 2014

Was sad to hear of Mr. Steen's passing. Having lost my mother to cancer, I know their grief and sorrow, but I remember Mr. Steen for his humor and quick wit in his Latin Class and Drivers Ed class. But mostly for his sense of duty to send us, "knotheads" off into the world as smarter people for having known him. He will surely be missed......