|Cpt. Joshua E. Steele
United States Army
KIA 17 June 2007, Afghanistan
Memorial Page Established by-Gina M. Steele
Joshua Eric "Josh" Steele 1980 - 2007 Captain Joshua Eric "Josh"
Steele, 26, of North Henderson, Illinois, died Sunday, June 17, 2007, near
Panjway, Afghanistan, when the humvee in which he was a passenger
detonated an improvised explosive device.
Captain Steele was born July 8, 1980, in Galesburg, Illinois, the son
of R. Philip and Paula Weir Steele. They survive of North Henderson,
Also surviving are brother, Air Force Senior Master Sergeant Stephen
(Christine) Steele, of Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska; sisters, Gina
Steele, of San Francisco, California, and Army First Lieutenant Lucinda
(Nicholas) Piotrowski, of Fort Sill, Oklahoma; grandparents, Harold and
Madonna Steele, of Sherwood, Ohio; and nieces, Stephanie, Heather and
Courtney Steele and Abigail Piotrowski.
He was preceded in death by grandparents, Paul and Dixie Weir, and one
nephew, Jason Steele.
He was raised on a farm near North Henderson, Illinois, and attended
Immaculate Conception Parochial School in Monmouth, Illinois, and Alexis
Community School in Alexis, Illinois. After graduating from high school
at Missouri Military Academy in Mexico, Missouri, in 1998, he received
his degree in Geological Engineering from the University of Missouri
at Rolla magna cum laude in 2002 where he was a member of the Pi Kappa
Phi Fraternity and the Society of Military Engineers.
From an early age, Josh wanted to be a soldier and defend his country.
As a teenager, he had told his mother that "he was willing to give his
life for his country." He was commissioned in the Army in 2002 and was
stationed at Fort Leonardwood, Missouri, assigned to the 5th and later
the 35th Engineering Battalions. He was previously deployed in Iraq and
the Republic of Georgia before being sent to Afghanistan in January
Josh was incredibly intelligent and was passionate about everything he
cared about. He always stood up for the things he believed in. He was
protective of those he cared about, including his country, his family
and especially his little sister. While Josh was often quiet, when he
spoke everyone remembered what he said. He was quick witted,
straightforward and very honest. Because of his passion, hard work, creativity,
intensity and perfectionism, he was able to accomplish anything he set his
mind to do. He enjoyed geological pursuits as well as raising and
showing swine, horseback riding, hunting and life on the farm. He was a
devout Catholic. He was a member of the 4-H and FFA in Alexis, Illinois;
civil air patrol in Galesburg, Illinois; and was vice president of his
Sept. 15, 2012
"Cold Steele" great young man.
Dec 05, 2008
Josh was there when my husband and I got married. Gerry and Josh were roomates at Ft.
Riley and part of the same MiTT team. He was a wonderful person and we miss him a lot.
Not a day goes by that we don't think of you Josh
Feb 11, 2008
SFC Rod Brewer
Captain Joshua E. Steele, 26, of North Henderson,
Illinois. Steele was one of three soldiers who died supporting Operation
Enduring Freedom on June 17, 2007. My sincere condolences to their
families and friends. God Bless... Christmas in Arlington.. Rest easy, sleep
well my brothers. Know the line has held, your job is done. Rest easy,
sleep well. Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held.
Peace, peace, and farewell.... Joshua, You Have Not Been Forgotten.... Say,
Hooah to the others up there with You... Rod.