Harold E. Steele

January 28, 1929December 1, 2018

Harold Eugene Steele, 89, of Longmont, CO died December 1, 2018 at Longmont United Hospital. He was born January 28, 1929. Harold comes from a pioneer family with his Great Grandfather Edward D. Steele arriving as a gold miner in the Altona area in the year 1859. He grew up on the family homestead and then farmed and ranched the family land for the rest of his life. Harold had a love for music, playing piano in a dance band in his early days. He loved baseball, playing most of his adult life and even coaching his sons little league team. Harold was active in his community being a 4-H leader, supporting the local schools and was a prominent member of the Altona Grange. He was elected to the board of the Poudre Valley REA serving for 32 years. He was also one of the first members of the Boulder County Historic Preservation Advisory Board. Harold is preceded in death by his parents Everett Steele and Maxine Knaus Steele and his sister Shirley Steele Shupe. He was married to Carolyn Kunkle Steele in 1950 who died in 1998. He then married Shirley Speck Steele in 1999 who died in 2016. He is survived by his sister Joyce (Hugh) Chance; his children Nancy Gould, Debra Coleman, John Steele (Susan) and David Steele. He also has 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews that survive. Memorial contributions to be made in Harold’s memory to the charity of the donor’s choice. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 10:00 am at the Howe Mortuary Chapel in Longmont. Burial will follow at Foothills Gardens of Memory.


  • Visitation Friday, December 7, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 8, 2018
  • Burial Saturday, December 8, 2018

Harold E. Steele

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richard koopmann

January 8, 2019

To Harold E. Steele family,

I have only recently become aware of Harold's passing and please accept my condolences for your loss. I am retired from Boulder County Parks & Open Space and came to know Harold some 30 years ago with our mutual connection to the Left Hand Ditch Company and he as an original Board member of the Boulder County Historic Preservation Advisory Board. I always appreciated Harold's knowledge of many local family histories and his passion for water rights and the duty of ditch company's to exercise their legal rights to run their irrigation ditches as necessary for the benefit of the shareholders. Another memory was of a time when I was doing research on the Granges of Boulder County and I asked Harold about the status of the Altona Grange. He smiled and responded that while he still had the key to the door, they weren't a very active bunch anymore because the members included only him and a few older women! He was a gentle soul and I'll miss his touch on the fabric of this community.

steven benscheidt

December 7, 2018

Joyce, Nancy, Debra, John, David and family.
I am sorry for both of your recent losses. I only knew Harold for 30+ years but he was one of those admirable and gentle people that you would trust because he did it right.