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Celebrating the life of
Col. Donald L. Steelman (USAF, Ret.)
Passed away on November 19, 2019
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • Celebration of Life
  • 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. - Tuesday, November 26, 2019
  • The Marshes of Skidaway Island (Ballroom)
  • 95 Skidaway Island Park Rd. (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31411

So sorry to hear of your loss, you’re in our thoughts and prayers. We were so fortunate to have shared so many wonderful experiences together and will always cherish those memories. Love you all!

Carol and Randy, Mt Pleasant , SC

Myla, Our deepest sympathies to you and your family during this difficult time.

Jim & Marlene Marino, GEORGETOWN, TX

Our sincere condolences are are sent to you and the family. May your memories and your family's love bring you comfort at this difficult time.

Ken and Peg Miller, Ashburn, VA

On behalf of our entire family, we extend our love and condolences. Special memories were made with all during the recent years. Thanks for making our family a part of yours. We love you. David

The Clawson family, Stuart’s Draft, VA

Col. Donald L. Steelman (USAF, Ret.)

February 2, 1929-November 19, 2019

Born in 1929, Donald Steelman grew up in western Tennessee. He attended the University of Tennessee and graduated as an ROTC cadet and mechanical engineer, enlisting in the United States Air Force during the early part of the Korean War. Don met his wife Carolyn in 1952 and they were married the following March.

Throughout Don’s 23-year career in the Air Force, he was assigned to the Special Weapons Command working with nuclear weapons security testing and transport; the Southeast Missile Test Range during the early unmanned rocket testing and manned Mercury flights period; Research and Development Command at Andrews AFB; and Air Force Space Programs with assignments at the Pentagon and NASA. Don retired as a Colonel and started a second career with Rockwell International, and over the next 20 years he coordinated the development of the Shuttle with NASA and Capital Hill. Throughout Don’s space ride, he flew along with enthusiasm, dedication, loyalty, humor, joy, competence, integrity, and faith in God.

Upon retirement, he and his wife Carolyn moved to Savannah and the wonderful community of The Landings where they jumped into an active life of meeting and enjoying new friends and their family, golfing, boating, fishing, hunting, bridge, wonderful food, parties and travel. In 2016, when life slowed down, they moved next door to the welcoming, carefree, and health-supportive comfort of The Marshes of Skidaway Island.

He was devoted to his wife and daughters and to his grandchildren for whom he was a role model and teacher of fishing, golf, hunting, and boating, as well as being a great joyful playmate.

Don is survived by his wife Carolyn of 66 ½ years; daughters Donna Birks and her husband Tom and Myla Miller and her husband Bob; three grandchildren, Kevin Miller and wife Sarah, Scott Miller and wife Laura, and Lauren Birks; sister Betty Thompson and husband Bill; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A Celebration-of-Life reception will be held in his memory on Tuesday, November 26, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Marshes of Skidaway Island ballroom.

In lieu of flowers, the family is grateful for memorial gifts in Don’s memory to support the Scholarship Fund at the Marshes of Skidaway Island that supports the continuing education of their employees.

 

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Candle tribute lit by Nora Lauterbach — Virginia

Candle tribute lit by Mary Kate Wyatt — Tennessee

Candle tribute lit by Bill Thompson — Tennessee

So sorry to hear of your loss, you’re in our thoughts and prayers. We were so fortunate to have shared so many wonderful experiences together and will always cherish those memories. Love you all!

Carol and Randy, Mt Pleasant , SC

Candle tribute lit by Carol Wyatt — South Carolina

Candle tribute lit by Ed and Annette Gerow — Virginia

Myla, Our deepest sympathies to you and your family during this difficult time.

Jim & Marlene Marino, GEORGETOWN, TX

Candle tribute lit by Vernadette & Gerald — Virginia

Our sincere condolences are are sent to you and the family. May your memories and your family's love bring you comfort at this difficult time.

Ken and Peg Miller, Ashburn, VA

On behalf of our entire family, we extend our love and condolences. Special memories were made with all during the recent years. Thanks for making our family a part of yours. We love you. David

The Clawson family, Stuart’s Draft, VA

Candle tribute lit by Michelle Kasak — North Carolina


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