The Mount Ayr Record-News, 1931
DEATH of THOMAS STEELE.
Ringgold county friends received with sorrow Saturday the announcement of the death of Thomas
STEELE, 23 years of age, who died at the hospital in Cedar Falls. Thomas was popular and well-liked
by his associates, both in Ringgold county and Cedar Falls, where he was enrolled as a freshman
at the Iowa State Teachers College.
Funeral services were held at the Baptist church in Mount
Ayr Monday afternoon, at 2:30, conducted by the pastor, Rev. C. J. HAMILTON, and interment made
in Rose Hill cemetery. Roommates and classmates came from Cedar Falls and served as pall bearers.
The following obituary was read at the funeral:
Thomas Bowen STEELE, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. B. STEELE, was born in Maloy, Iowa, September 6, 1907,
and spent most of his life in that community. He passed away at the hospital in Cedar Falls on
Saturday, February 28, 1931, at 1:20.
He finished his school work in the grades at Maloy and
entered high school, but quit after a month's attendance when business interests called him back
to the farm, where he worked faithfully for six years. He again entered high school and completed
his high school course. At the time of his untimely death he was a freshman at the Iowa State
Teachers College in Cedar Falls.
It was discovered about a year ago that he had an affected
heart, but apparently suffered no serious effect until last Wednesday, when he suffered the fatal
He professed faith in Christ and united with the Christian church in Maloy when about
twelve years of age.
Besides his father and mother, he leaves four sisters - Mrs. Edward
SWANSON of Mount Ayr, Mrs. Howard CORNELISON of Benton, Mrs. Lyndel THOMPSON of Des Moines and
Marguerite STEELE at home; and one brother, Hugh STEELE of Maloy; four nieces and nephews, Keith
and Mildred Maxine SWANSON, Roberta Ann THOMPSON and Mary Jo CORNELISON and many other relatives
and friends are left to mourn his death.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, 2008
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