Duane “Biggen” Steele, 84 of Palmer passed away on Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at 8:46 a.m. at his home in Palmer, Ill.
He was born on August 25, 1935 in Palmer, Ill. the son of Joseph and Laura (Waddle) Steele Sr. He married Lenora Montgomery on June 23, 1969 in Alton, Ill.
Biggen loved gardening and playing the teletrack. He loved his morning coffee, talking, telling stories and sharing pictures at Arby’s. He loved spoiling his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was the social media before social media. Biggen was a Bear creek Township Board Trustee for over 50 years, was a member of the United Mine Workers of America and he retired from Peabody Mine # 10.
He is survived by his wife: Lenora Steele of Taylorville, Ill.; daughters: Gerri (Keith) Conrath of Taylorville, Ill.; Cathy Lee and companion Mike Miller of Auburn, Ill.; Vicki (Ted) Charles of Riverton, Ill.; Krystal Steele and companion Steve Lopez of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.; sixteen grandchildren; twenty-three great-grandchildren; son-in-law: Wes Streight of Raymond, Ill.; sister-in-law: Jean Steele of Palmer, Ill.; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Lavon Streight and brothers: Clifford Steele, Glenn “Buzz” Steele, Joe Steele Jr.
Visitation will be held on Monday, December 30, 2019 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Rev. Dick Wamsley officiating. Inurnment will be in Anderson Cemetery in Palmer, Ill.
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Please sign their online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com