MEXICO — James F. Steele, 74, of Mexico, New York, passed away on April 19, 2019 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Syracuse, New York, with his loving family by his side.
Jim was born in Cato, New York, on Jan. 26, 1945, the son of James R. Steele and Dorothy Welch Steele. Jim attended Cato-Meridian High School.
After high school, Jim served with the United States Army as a Combat Medic in Vietnam. He was married to Jean Hilton, who gave him two beautiful daughters.
Jim retired from the trucking industry, having served as an owner/operator for many years. Most recently, he was employed by Revell Oil and Construction Co.
He was an avid NASCAR fan, attending many races. He also enjoyed camping with his friends.
No matter where Jim traveled, he always met someone he knew.
Jim was a member of the Mexico VFW Edick-Hamlink Post No. 369, the Oswego County Comets Riding Club and the New York Patriot Guard Riders.
He was pre-deceased by his parents, James and Dorothy Steele; his grandson Tyler; and his sisters Cathy Ferris and Liz Olmsted.
Jim is survived by his life partner Eileen Clark; two daughters, Heather (Wade Helzor) Austin of Maine and Holly (Scott) Bathke of Cicero; his former wife Jean Hilton; two stepdaughters, Sheri (Andrew) Guilds and Brandy (Alexander) Monroe; stepson Thomas (Susan) Clark; brothers Richard (Carole) Steele and Robert (Cindy) Steele; sister Dorothy Kay (Bill) Visser, brothers-in-law Roland Ferris and Duane Olmsted; eight grandchildren, Derrick Schneider, Haylee Williams, Abigayle Austin, Dakota Dunkin, Molli Dunkin, John MacDonald, Kaycie Guilds and Courtney Clark; great-granddaughter Lakelin Hess; along with several nieces and nephews; and his best friend Jim Cronk.
Jim is also survived and missed by his dog Zoey.
A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday, June 7, 2019 at the Mexico VFW Edick-Hamlink Post No. 369, 5930 Scenic Avenue, Mexico, followed by a celebration of Jim’s life.
Arrangements are in care of the Harter Funeral Home Inc., Mexico.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the McFee Ambulance Corps., 52 Watson Avenue, Mexico, or to the Mexico VFW Post No. 369.