June 4, 2013

Richard ‘Ralph’ Steele Jr.

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Richard “Ralph” Steele Jr., 74, of Burlington passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare of Edgewood. 

He retired after 31 years as a supervisor from Enerfab of Cincinnati and was a member of Community Family Church of Independence.

Ralph was a member of both the Florence Masonic Lodge No. 949 and the Melrose, Ohio, Lodge No. 671 F. & A.M., a member of the Scottish Rite, enjoyed traveling especially by RV and never met a stranger.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard Ralph Steele Sr. and Laura Alice Campbell Steele; brother, Carl Kenneth Steele;  and sister, Doris Aileen Steele Bell.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Joyce A. Helton Steele of Burlington; son, Ralph Birchel Steele and his wife, Teena of Burlington; grandchildren, Bryson Ray Steele and Natasha Nicole Steele both of Burlington; sister-in-law Trudy (David) Blankenship of Corbin; brothers-in-law Joseph R. Bell of Lily, Ky., and Boyd B.(Tina) Helton of London, Ky.; nephews Rick Bell of London, Ky., and Wendell Bell of Lakeside Park, Ky.; and beloved dogs, Lizzie and Punkin.

Visitation will be today, Friday, May 31, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Community Family Church, Independence, Ky.,  with Scottish Rite and Masonic services.

 Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 1, also at the church. 

Burial will be at Cumberland Memorial Gardens of Corbin, Ky.

Memorials are suggested to Community Family Church. 

Online condolences may be expressed at

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