James Robert Steele

James Robert Steele, 85, passed away Sept. 23, 2020.

James was born July 22, 1935, at Jamestown, and graduated from Putnam County Schools in 1953. After high school, James began serving four years of military enlistment at the US Naval Hospital at Great Lakes, Illinois as Corpsman, Cast Room Tech and OR Tech.

In 1972, James was one of 12 people in the State of Indiana to be accepted into the first class of the Physician Assistant Program with Indiana University School of Medicine. Subsequently, he worked in private setting with Drs. Ron Peterson and Kent Guild in Plymouth, Indiana; and then with the Veterans Administration Hospital in Martinsburg, West Virginia. His favorite hobby was golf having his ninth hole-in-one on Del Tura 7-South, July 10, 2020, just two days before receiving diagnosis of his final illness.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Patricia Lewis Steele; daughter Janis A. Snyder; son Michal J. Steele, in Florida; six grandchildren, Ryann, Katie, Kacy, Christopher, Andrew and Matt; sister Mildred A. Eaton in Indiana and two nephews, Joseph and Timothy.

He was preceded in death by son James E. Steele; and parents, Howard (Kilroy) Steele and Thelma J Shinn Steele.