Dick was 62 and died peacefully surrounded by his family. He was born to Richard Hubert Steele, Sr. and Marlene Ann (Bell) Steele in Battle Creek, Michigan.
Dick was active in scouting as a young boy, and he worked his way up to becoming an Eagle Scout, the highest rank attainable in the BSA program.
During high school he worked behind the scenes for the Fall plays, Spring musicals and the follies. After school he worked at Wickert Dental Lab, in Battle Creek. He accompanied his father to West Point Auto Theater Drive-In where he was a projectionist.
Dick graduated from Battle Creek High School in 1975. He moved to Columbus at 19 and attended DeVry Institute of Technology. He managed Zantigo restaurant in his early years. He installed and repaired cell phone towers in the Ohio and Indiana area.
Dick was a union member of IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) Local #12. He worked behind the stages, rigging scenery and at times running sound boards and lighting displays for many venues all over Columbus and Ohio as well.
In 1988 he toured nationally as head carpenter on stage with singer/producer Linda Ronstadt during her acclaimed “Canciones de Mi Padre” tour. In 1990 he toured with national company of Phantom of the Opera as head carpenter.
He worked for CAPA (Columbus Association of Performing Arts) as Stage Manger of Palace Theater for 23 years, which included the Broadway Series. He continued his craft with the Local #12 in various venues and Convention Centers in Columbus and Ohio including the Columbus Zoo Series, Dublin Dance Company, Pleasure Guild Musicals for Children’s Hospital, Jazz Arts Group, Rock on the Range and many others.
He shared his gift of carpentry to build sets in his garage for children’s musical productions at Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church for several years.
Dick enjoyed time at his family’s cottage on Big Star Lake in Michigan since childhood. He raised his daughters on “Lake Time” during summers with family. In winters he would hunt deer there with his father.
He was an avid Detroit Tigers fan and also Michigan Wolverines fan. He proudly hung the split household flag honoring his half to the neighborhood.
Dick was a fiercely independent soul in the kitchen as well. He loved making his breakfasts and pizzas, grilling outdoors and campfires. He could fix and repair almost anything on his own, the ultimate handyman.
He loved his daughters unconditionally supporting them at school, in music or in sports.
He married Tracee Strohm on September 30, 1989. Dick was a member of Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church.
Dick is preceded in death by his father Richard H. Steele, Sr. of Battle Creek, Michigan; first wife, Cynthia Jashinski of Columbus, OH.
He is survived by his mother, Marlene Ann (Bell) Steele of Battle Creek, Michigan; wife, Tracee (Strohm) Steele; daughter, Sarah (Scott Wallake) Steele of Grandview Heights; infant grandadughter, Elizabeth Wallake; daughter, Mason Steele of Pickerington; sister, Cathy Steele (Krista Miller) of Lansing, Michigan; best friend, Ralph Britton of Battle Creek, Michigan and faithful dog, Daisy.
Dick was an organ donor. His corneas will be donated for research to the Central Ohio Eye Bank.
Family visitation will be held Thursday, November 21, 2019 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8PM at Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church, 1636 Graham Rd., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068.
His Celebration of Life will be held at Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church in the Bauserman Sanctuary on Friday, November 22, 2019 with visiting beginning at 10:00AM and service at 11:00AM. Interment to follow afterwards at Violet Township Cemetery in Pickerington, OH.