June 21, 2019

Gerald J. Steele, 78, of Hutchinson passed away Friday, June 21, 2019, at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson. Mass of Christian Burial was Wednesday, June 26, at St. Anastasia Catholic Church in Hutchinson with interment in the church cemetery. Officiating was the Rev. Paul Wolf. Organist was Bev Wangerin. Song leader was Bobbi Ludewig. Musical selections were “Amazing Grace,” “Jesus Loves Me,” “On Eagle’s Wings,” “Song of Farewell” and “How Great Thou Art.” Honorary urn bearers were Gerald’s grandchildren, Betsy Telecky, Sara Steele and Tyler Steele, and Gerald’s great-grandchildren, Chloe Telecky, Brandee Telecky and Chelsee Telecky.

Gerald Jerome Steele was born May 8, 1941, in Park Rapids. He was the son of Francis and Gladys (Buckingham) Steele. He was baptized as an infant and was later confirmed in his faith, both at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Park Rapids. He received his education in Park Rapids and was a graduate of the Class of 1959.

On Oct. 10, 1964, Gerald was united in marriage to Kathryn Jane Kyro at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Park Rapids. This marriage was blessed with three children, Deborah, Daniel and Michael. In 1965, Gerald and Kathy moved to Hutchinson. They shared 52 years of marriage until the passing of Kathy June 25, 2017.

Gerald was employed at Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing as an electro mechanic until his retirement May 1, 2008. He was a member of St. Anastasia Catholic Church in Hutchinson.

Gerald enjoyed traveling, hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed being outside and doing yardwork. Gerald was a member of Knights of Columbus, St. John's Council 4797, for more than 50 years. He was elected Grand Knight from 1977-78.

When Gerald needed assistance with his daily care, he became a resident of Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson June 18, 2019.

Blessed be his memory.

Gerald is survived by his children, Debby Steele and her significant other Robert Hand of Brainerd, Dan Steele and his wife Ann of Hutchinson, and Mike Steele of Hutchinson; grandchildren, Betsy Telecky and her husband Adam, Sara Steele, Tyler Steele and his special friend DeAnna Brouns; great-grandchildren, Chloe Telecky, Brandee Telecky and Chelsee Telecky; sister Marilyn Miller of Moorhead; sister-in-law Suzanne Steele of Park Rapids; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Gerald was preceded in death by his parents Francis and Gladys Steele; wife Kathryn “Kathy” Steele; granddaughter Brandee Heidecker; grandparents, Donald Buckingham Sr. and his wife Alice, Claude Steele and Elizabeth Steele; brothers, Ronald Steele and Francis Steele Jr.; and brother-in-law Lyle Miller.

Arrangements by Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guestbook available at hantge.com.

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