William “Bill” Steele, 81, a longtime Halfway resident, died Dec. 9, 2017, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City.
A family gathering in Bill’s honor will be scheduled in the spring or summer of 2018.
William E. Steele was born on June 22, 1936, at Halfway to George Theodore and Alma Effie Hulse Steele. He started first grade at Clear Creek School then attended Halfway Elementary and Halfway High School.
Bill married his wife, Wanda, on Nov. 21, 1956, at Halfway. (They had met and were neighbors on Boulder Flat, an area just outside of Halfway.)
Bill learned to fall timber in his youth with his dad. When he was 18 years old, he went to work for the U.S. Forest Service and did so for 10 years. Bill worked as a logger for many years and Bill would tell you, he “enjoyed every day.”
In later years, he worked for the J.B. Torrance Ranch in Halfway. Bill also enjoyed doing carpentry work. He built a house, various outdoor sheds and did indoor remodeling.
He loved to hunt, especially elk with his two sons. Bill was very close with his wife’s family and he did a lot of hunting with them as well.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda, with whom he shared 61 happy years; sons, Raymond, and his wife, Linda Steele, of Richland, Washington, and Alan Steele of Halfway; six grandchildren, Russell, Chrissy, Billy, Charlie, Rachael and George; brother, Steve Steele; sister, Barbara; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Gene, George and Arthur; and six sisters, Marvel, Juanita, Aleah, Elaine, Carol and Shirley.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Pine Eagle Clinic or the Halfway/Oxbow Ambulance through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Online condolences may be made at www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com