Larry Steele, 76 of Montezuma passed away Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. Funeral services will begin at 10:30 am Friday, February 10, 2012 at the Holland-Coble Funeral Home of Montezuma. Visitation will begin after 12:00 pm Thursday, February 9, 2012 with the family present from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the funeral home. Interment will be held in the West Liberty Cemetery West of Montezuma.
Larry Max Steele, son of Ray B. and Orpha L. (Miller) Steele was born September 7, 1935 west of Montezuma. He graduated from Montezuma High School. Larry enlisted in the United States Army in 1958 serving his time in Germany as a mechanic. He was honorably discharged in 1962. He married Marilyn Stigers Allgood on August 6, 1971 in Oskaloosa, Iowa. She passed away on September 19, 1993. On January 4, 1998, Larry was united in marriage to P. Jean Kanselaar. He worked as a mechanic at Beaty Brother's Dodge Garage in Grinnell and Vannoy Chevrolet in Montezuma, before becoming the Supervisor of the Gas Department for the City of Montezuma. Larry enjoyed camping, hunting and restoring his dads Oliver tractor with his grandson, Travis. He also enjoyed selling and using metal detectors. Larry was a member of the NRA.
He is survived by his wife, P. Jean Steele of Montezuma; his children, Dianna Buffington, Michael Allgood, Deborah Johannes, Dean Kanselaar, Don Kanselaar and Trish Kanselaar; 19 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife; Marilyn and his five brothers, Glenn, Art, Alden, Wesley and Marvin.