Russell Steele Obituary

Russell  Steele
Russell Steele

February 4, 1935 - June 22, 2022
Born in Corning, Iowa
Resided in Des Moines, Iowa
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Russell Steele passed away at home on June 22, 2022. He was born on February 4, 1935, to Earl and Lucille Steele, in Corning, Iowa. He lived on a farm south of Corning during his childhood. Russell attended a country grade school, then graduated from Corning High in 1952.

He held numerous jobs until 1954, when going to work for Childers Standard Service Station. Later, he became the owner of Steele Standard then moved on to become the owner of Steele Skelly Service in Corning.

Russell married Roberta Townsend on June 5, 1955, where together they ran their business. They became the proud parents to Linda and Russell, sold the business and settled on a farm in Corning. They farmed for approximately 8 years, sold the farm and moved back to town to manage the CO-OP Service Center.

In 1990, Russell came to Johnston, Iowa, where he served full-time at Camp Dodge. Throughout the years, he remained involved with the Iowa National Guard, dedicated for a total of 31 years.

Russell was proud of, and cherished his five grandchildren: Kyle Tapps, Amy Ford, Kelsey Tapps, Korey Tapps and Sara Steele, and his six great grandchildren.

Russell is survived by his wife, Roberta; daughter, Linda (Lee) Tapps; son, Russell (Penny) Steele; brother-in-law, Bill Halverson; and many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Lucille and his siblings, Jim, Connie and Betty.

A memorial service with Military Honors will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 16, 2022 at Iles Westover Chapel, 6337 Hickman Road, Des Moines, Iowa. Interment will be at a later date at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to EveryStep Hospice or The Goldstar Museum at Camp Dodge. Online condolences are welcome at

Arrangements by Iles Westover Chapel.





Iles Westover Chapel
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Saturday, July 16, 2022
11:00 AM


EveryStep Hospice
3000 Easton Blvd.
Des Moines, IA United States 50317
Gold Star Museum Camp Dodge
7105 N.W. 70th Avenue
Johnston, IA 50131-1824