ST. CHARLES — Dr. Henry F. Steele, III, age 58, of Jerome, Missouri, passed away in St. Charles, Missouri, on March 23, 2015.
Henry was born October 6, 1956, in Salisbury, North, Carolina, the first son of Betty (Ruth) Lackey Steele and Henry F. Steele, Jr. He spent his early years mostly in South Carolina and graduated from Latta High School in 1974. Henry joined the Air Force serving as a medic and was honorably discharged from service at the rank of Sergeant.
He began his college years at Francis Marion College in South Carolina and ultimately studied Aquatic Biology at Oklahoma State University. He continued his education at Oklahoma State University College of Medicine and graduated as a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.
Following graduation, Henry came to Jefferson City. Missouri, for his internship and ultimately began his medical practice in the Arcadia Valley. He served patients of Iron and surrounding counties as a family practice provider for more than 20 years. Most recently, he worked at St. Louis Men’s Clinic in St. Louis, Missouri.
Beyond his penchant for telling jokes and making people laugh, he is remembered by countless patients as a physician who could be counted upon to provide excellent medical care in a caring and compassionate manner.
Henry was an avid fisherman and hunter, he enjoyed nature and just being outdoors. Many stories of his fishing and hunting endeavors included his sons and close friends. He played the guitar and enjoyed all types of music. Henry maintained an interest in learning throughout his life and enjoyed sharing his new discoveries with others.
Henry was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife, Carol Ann (Phillips) Steele.
He is survived by his two sons, Henry F. Steele IV and wife Sarah W Steele of Hawaii, and Samuel Steele of Jerome, Missouri; special friend, Angela Neighbors of Jerome, Missouri; two brothers, David L. Steele and wife Brenda Steele of South Carolina, and Nelson M. Steele of North Carolina; niece, Kayla Steele Wilkes of South Carolina; and two nephews, Justin Steele of South Carolina, and Russell Steele of North Carolina; four grandnieces and one grandnephew.
A private memorial service will be held by the family on April 4, 2015. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in the name of Henry F. Steele, III to Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation, SE region fisheries, PO Box 366, Jefferson City, MO 65102.