Wm. Dallas Steele (November 11, 1917 - March 30, 2010)

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Wm. Dallas Steele
  • November 11, 1917
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  • March 30, 2010

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Steele, William Dallas, 92, beloved father and grandfather, died peacefully at his Ponce Inlet home on March 30, 2010.  Born in Rock Hill, SC, November 11, 1917, he moved to the Daytona area in 1925.  He graduated from Mainland High School (1935) and began a construction career with his father, George Steele, building homes and much of old downtown Daytona.  He served in the US Navy during World War II, stationed in the north Atlantic, the Philippines, and Jacksonville, FL, where he managed the construction of numerous barracks at the Naval Station in Mayport.  Post WW II, Dallas designed and constructed homes in the San Francisco Bay area.  In 1956, he formed Steele Construction Company in Daytona Beach, specializing in custom designed and constructed homes, apartments, and office buildings. Proudly, many of these buildings still exist throughout the community.  After a 40 year career, he enjoyed retirement between Highlands, NC, and Ponce Inlet.  A consummate outdoorsman, Dallas enjoyed deep sea fishing, celestial navigation, and hunting.  He was predeceased by wife, Irene VanWie Steele.  Dallas is survived by loving daughters Lori (Charlie) Chmielewski; Lisa (Stuart) Sixma; grandson Craig (DeeDee & Garrett Chesnutt) Chmielewski, Atlanta, GA; granddaughters Jennifer (James) DuBois, Atlanta, GA; Lauren Sixma and Melissa Sixma, Ponce Inlet, FL.  He is survived by nieces Ruth Van Seeter, Ormond Beach, FL; Bobbie Jean Jessup, CA; and Mary Gaines, NC; cousin Jake Barnhardt, Hayesville, NC.  The family deeply appreciates the special Hospice angels and the support of loving caregivers.  A private family service will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Marine Science Center, 100 Lighthouse Drive, Ponce Inlet, FL., 32127, or to Hospice of Volusia/Flagler, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, FL, 32129. 

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  1. Deborah and Ernie Taylor says:
    08 May 2010
    I met Dallas only once, but it was enough to discover what a truly delightful person he was. I will always remember his kind words and the sparkle in his eyes. Ernie and I were so sorry to learn of his passing. Our love to you all.

  2. Betty Caldwell says:
    06 Apr 2010
    I am the widow of Bill Caldwell who passed away in 1999 at almost the same age Dallas was when he passed. Bill and Dallas were friends and enjoyed many fishing trips together. Bill and his first wife visited Dallas at his mountain home on one of their many car trips. Bill told many entertaining stories about himself and Dallas. I don't know why I never met him. I wish I had. I am sorry he is gone from ths life and I wish you peace.

  3. Melissa McCoy says:
    06 Apr 2010
    Please accept my profound sympathies. I did not know Mr. Steele personally, but am a friend of his daughter Lori and have heard so much about him over the years. He was truly an exceptional individual!

  4. Jim and Ann Durall says:
    02 Apr 2010
    We are so sorry to find that Mr. Steele has passed away. You have cared for him as he needs this for his journey which all of us will experience some day. Our best to you as you make decisions that are sometimes hard but needed. Our love to all of you.

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