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William F. (Ole) Steele

William F. (Ole) Steele, age 89, of Rapid City, SD, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 23, 2007 at home surrounded by his family.

Mr. Steele was born in Tracy, MN, to Minnie and Carl Steele. He grew up in the Badlands, helping his mother operate the Conata Motel. He married Dolores Abrams on May 30, 1950. Ole and Dolores owned and operated Ole's Upholstery in Rapid City for many years. He was also employed by and retired from the Badlands National Park. He enjoyed horseback riding, dancing, and wine making.

Left to cherish his memories are his loving wife Dolores, Rapid City; son, Harold (Deb), Rapid City; and daughter, Christina Steele, Sturgis; brothers, Wesley, Gillette, WY, and Charles (Eleanor) Rapid City. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son, Orville; son-in-law, Nicholas Boerger; parents; adopted father, Richard "Snowball" Hunter; sister, Dolly Colwell; brothers, Leo and Thomas. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City. Interment will be held at Interior Fairview Cemetery, Interior, SD, on Thursday, June 28, at 11:30 a.m. Those wanting to caravan to Interior should meet at Kirk Funeral Home at 10:00 a.m.

A memorial has been established to Hospice of the Hills. Friends may sign Ole's guestbook online at www.kirkfuneral home.com.