LeRoy G. "Tony" Steppe Sr., 69, of Jamestown, formerly of Gerry, peacefully went to be with the Lord, Monday, Dec 9, 2013, at home, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born July 21, 1944 in Jamestown, the son of the late William and Wilma Hollenbaugh Raistrick and Gilbert Steppe.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving from 1961-69.
LeRoy G. “Tony” Steppe Sr.
Tony was employed by the City of Jamestown DPW, as a heavy machine equipment operator for 35 years retiring in 1995. During that time he also served the towns of Carroll, North Harmony and Lakewood/ Busti as a part-time police officer. During his retirement, he drove for CARTS.
He is a member of the Celeron American Legion Post 777 and the 3:00 Coffee Club with his wife and family.
Tony was considered one of the finest steel guitar players in Chautauqua County, performing in various local bands for more than 20 years including John Nary and the Country Travelers and Tom Eddington and the Country Gold Show. He enjoyed classic cars, riding motorcycles with his wife, cooking and baking as the family chef, and loved spending time with his grand and great-grandchildren. He was the life of the party.
Husband of 51 years to Charlene Nary Steppe, whom he married Jan. 26, 1963; father of Kelly (Walt) Feldt Sr. of Ashville, LeRoy G. "Bud" Steppe Jr. of Warren, Pa., Amy (Michael) Waterman and Lisa (Rick) Steppe-Lawson, all of Falconer; grandfather of Tyler (Heather Loveless) Steppe, who he raised as his own, Dustin (Jennifer), Jacob (Ellen), Walter Jr. (Morgan), Todd (Lisa) Feldt, Laci (Tom), Hunter Lawson and Jimmy Steppe; great-grandfather of 17; brother of Cherryl (Gerald) Morrison of Jamestown, Bonnie (late Daniel) Abers of Ashville, and Kathy (Chuck Hallowell) Ross of Frewsburg. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Jordan Funeral Home, Sinclairville, with Tony's good friend Peter Smith officiating. Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Burial in Gerry Cemetery.
Memorials to the Ashville or Gerry Volunteer Fire Department.