Basil Ralph Steele, 76, of Fairland, passed away Friday, October 15, 2021 at his residence.
Born December 29, 1944 in Versailles Indiana, he was the son of Basil Albert Steel and Gladys
Bertha (Webster) Steele. He married Charlotte (Bolling) Steele on November 27, 1965 and she survives.
Other survivors include 3 children- daughter Suzanne Norman (husband Richard), sons- Michael Ralph
Steele (wife Heather), Steven Steele (wife Erin); 3 brothers- Leigh Steele (wife Cheryl), Glenn Steele (wife
Brenda), Norman Steele (wife Ann), sister Sandra Clayton (husband Paul); 12 grandchildren- Jacque, Joey,
Heather, Steven, McKenzie, Jessica, Alexia, Patience, William, Caitlyn, Brayden, Madelyn; and several great
grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Terry Wayne Steele, and sister-in-law Bobby
Mr. Steele had lived in this area since 1970, after moving from Versailles. He graduated from Versailles High
School in 1963, and was a member of Jehovah Witness Kingdom Hall, Shelbyville congregation, and the Wheel
Horse Tractor Club. He had been employed as a WEMR Skilled Tradesman at GM Truck & Bus Company in
Indianapolis for 30 years, and before that had been employed at the GE Wire Mill for 2 years. He was a US Navy
veteran, serving as a Petty Officer 3rd class, during the Vietnam War.
Ralph enjoyed any outdoor activity, could fix or repair anything, was a car collector and master mechanic. He
had no quit in him, and had plenty of grit. He loved his family and spending time with them. He was a loyal husband,
father, brother, and grandfather. While home bound he taught himself the art of jewelry making, and created many
beautiful pieces of jewelry.
Graveside services will be 1:00 pm on Friday, October 22, 2021 at Fairland Cemetery, with Bro. Dwain Winton
officiating. Visitation will be observed from 12:00 noon until the time of the service, at the cemetery.
Memorial can be made to Jehovah Witness Kingdom Hall, in care of the funeral home.