Robert A. Steele, 84, Joplin, MO, formerly of Nevada, MO, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, December 28, 2022 at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin, MO. Robert “Bob” was born January 13, 1938, in Nevada, MO to Luther L. and Elia (Penney) Steele. Bob was united in marriage to MaryAnn Redmile and to this union three children were born: Jennifer, Douglas, and David.
Bob was raised in Nevada and attended Nevada High School. He graduated High School in Dupo, IL in 1956. He attended the University of Delaware and graduated from the Drexel Institute of Technology in Philadelphia, PA in 1964 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He was employed by Sentry Insurance Company most of his career and also worked for I.M.I. of Old Saybrook, CT. Following his relocating back to Nevada, Bob worked at the YMCA where he met Jane (True) Ratts, and they were married October 16, 2004. In August of 2010 they moved from Nevada to Joplin, MO where they have continued to reside.
Bob loved making people laugh, and he never met a stranger. He also loved to travel and had been to all 50 states. Bob was a “model railroader” and had a special bond with his step-grandson, Tyler Allison with whom he shared his model trains. Bob’s love of trains was influenced by his father who was a machinist on railroad steam engines.
Robert is survived by his wife, Jane, of the home; his step-daughter, Trudy Holtkamp, Springfield, MO; three-step grandchildren, Matthew, Kaylee, and Tyler; two step-greatgrandchildren, Paislee, and Camdon, from the Joplin area; two sons, Douglas Steele (Molly), Boulder, CO, and David Steele (Meenakshi), Falls Church, VA; and 4 grandchildren, Maddie, Jessica, Michael, and Cordelia: a brother, Loren Steele, Mound City, KS; and a sister, Nova Staggs, Sherwood, AR. Robert was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Jennifer Steele; a step-daughter, Brenda (Hedges)(Reynolds) Allison; and a brother, Jack Steele.
Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 28, 2023 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada with Father Jim Lile officiating.