Claude Thomas Steele

Born: Sat., Apr. 11, 1942
Died: Tue., Jan. 3, 2017


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Fri., Jan. 06, 2017
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Fri., Jan. 06, 2017
Location: Lonaconing Location

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Sat., Jan. 07, 2017
Location: St. Josephs Catholic Church

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Claude Thomas Steele, 74, of Midway Drive, Moscow died Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, Cumberland. Born on April 11, 1942 in Lonaconing he was the son of the late Claude Steele and Alice (Devlin) Steele.

He was preceded in death by three siblings, Billy, Claudine and Terry Steele Sr.

Claude was a 1960 graduate of Valley High School. Since the age of 18 he was a self-employed school bus contractor and had owned numerous dump trucks. He had also transported Celanese employees by van till their closing and had worked for Buffalo Coal Company as a supervisor. He loved bluegrass music and enjoyed attending festivals. He was a member of the Western Maryland Railroad Historical Society and he shared this passion with his grandson Jonathan. They would travel together exploring various historical train destinations.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years Joan (Schriver) Steele; a daughter, Ann M. Steele and fiancé Rob Goebel of Midland; three grandchildren, Jeremiah Lafferty, Jonathan Lafferty and Alicen Steele; extended family, Sam, Ethan and Lilly Goebel; a sister, Anna Jean Bohrer of Frostburg Village Nursing Home and numerous nieces and nephews.  

Family and friends will be received at Wilhelm-Eakin Funeral Home, P.A., Lonaconing on Friday, January 6, 2017 from 2-4PM and 7-9PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 10:00AM St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Midland with Father Eric Gauchat, OFM Cap, celebrant. Interment will be held at Sunset Memorial Park, Cumberland.

At the request of the family memorial donations may be made in Claude’s memory to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at 3 International Drive, Suite 200, Rye Brook, NY 10573 or the Cumberland Tri-State Autism Walk in his grandson Jonathan Lafferty’s name c/o Mary Hardinger at 179 Whitetail Lane, Bedford, PA 15522.

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Valerie Sexton
   Posted Tue January 03, 2017
I am so sorry for all your loses at this time, I truly understand everything all of you are dealing with. you guys are strong enough to make it through and if each of you stick together at this time you will heal.

Bud and Nancy Evans
   Posted Tue January 03, 2017
Joan and family, Bud and I are in Florida but send our condolences to you. We are sorry to hear of his passing.

Marion Steiding Chappell
   Posted Wed January 04, 2017
Claude was Marion's classmate at Valley High School and we were always in home room together. Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you.
May Claude Rest in Peace.
Marion & Jim Chappell
Mariposa, California

Ginger Fairgrieve Lanthorn
   Posted Thu January 05, 2017
I was so sorry to hear about Claude, please let me know if there is anything I can do.

Candace & Pete Booth
   Posted Sat January 07, 2017
So sorry for your loss, when we lived across from you we were able to see your kinds hearts and friendly ways. Stay strong and lead on God!

Jimmy Broadwater
   Posted Sat January 07, 2017
Accept my deepest condolences. Claude was a friend and classmate. Even though I didn't see Claude except at our class reunions and at the celebrations of our birthdays every 5 years, I will miss him. So sorry for your loss and the loss of another of our classmates.

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