Carroll Dale Steele
Feb. 9, 1937-Dec. 7, 2012
Carroll Dale Steele was born in Alden, Minnesota, the son of Melvin and Irma (Schmidt) Steele. He grew up in Alden on a farm and graduated from Alden High School.
He enlisted in the US Army when he was 18 and served in an active and reserve role from 1955-1961.
He lived in Albert Lea, MN and Minneapolis, MN until he was 36 when he moved to California with his family.
He got degrees at Foothill College in Los Altos, CA and San Jose State University, San Jose, CA (MBA).
Among some of the places he worked are: Streater in Albert Lea, MN; Control Data in Minneapolis, MN, Mosinee Paper Mills in Wausau, WI; Measurex in Cupertino, CA; BTI in Sunnyvale, CA.
On Sept. 7, 1991, Carroll was united in marriage to Jo Hesterly at Immanuel Lutheran Church in San Jose. They lived in San Jose until 2000, when they retired and bought a small ranch in Acampo. It is here where Carroll started collecting vintage John Deere tractors and built a barn to house all of them. Carroll loved playing softball, as he was on as many as 3 teams at any one time. His greatest passion was being surrounded by his family.
Carroll died Dec. 7, 2012 at Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center in Vallejo. He was 75. He is survived by his loving wife of 21 years, Jo; children: Scott (Diane) Steele of Roseville, Kent (Chary) Steele of Pleasanton, Terry (JoAnn) Steele of San Jose (all three are sons of Margaret Steele); step children: Sabrina (David) Kampfe of Avondale, AZ , Wendal (Dayle) Hesterly of Auburn; grandchildren: Sharon (Greg) Fenton of Lincoln, Ryan, Alysha, Sara, Andrew & Jonathan Steele of Pleasanton, Shaun & Kelsea Steele of San Jose; step grandchildren: Tyrone Milner Kampfe of San Jose, Coleton & Casey Kampfe of Avondale, AZ, Sharylen Hesterly of Auburn; great grandchildren: Amanda & Kelly Fenton of Lincoln. He is also survived by his mother Irma Steele of Albert Lea, MN, sister Janice (Holland) Laak of Inver Grove Heights, MN, bother Richard (Beverley) Steele of Alden, MN, sister Myrna (Harold) Paulson of Georgetown, TX; sister-in-law Pat Steele of Albert Lea, MN, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father Melvin Steele and his brother Dennis Steele.