Kenneth C. Steele
Jan. 7, 1918 – July 28, 2010
C. Steele was born Jan. 7, 1918, in Pewaukee, to Charles F. and Dora
(Stein) Steele. He passed away Wednesday, July 28, 2010.
Ken was a graduate of Pewaukee High School and Carroll College. He married
Doris Thompson in October 1941. She passed away several days after they
celebrated their 46th anniversary in 1987. He was fortunate in finding
another loving companion in Bernice Brandenburg, whom he married in May
1990. She passed away in August 2009.
Ken is survived by his children, Kenneth A. and Sue Steele, Kathleen and
Dennis Sampson, Margaret Steele and Gregg Nettesheim, Dorothy Steele and
Robert Hodgson. He also is survived by his grandchildren, the Rev. Kenneth
C. and Stephanie Steele, Jennifer and TJ Conner, Eric and Joyce Sampson,
Jessica Sampson and Todd Moore, Laurel Sampson and James Pearson, and
Charles Nettesheim; and great grandchildren, Mya, Cole and Evan Steele and
Sophia Sampson. He is further survived by many relatives and friends.
Ken was a kind and generous man, devoted to his faith, family and friends.
Throughout his lifetime, he demonstrated a deep fascination and
understanding of the natural and mechanical worlds.
He was inventive, able to repeatedly repair or jerryrig farm equipment
and, as a physics teacher, create interesting and unique experiments to
engage his students.
He loved people and enjoyed hearing their stories. He and Doris hosted a
number of foreign exchange students and through them learned about many
Ken farmed in Pewaukee nearly all his life. He also taught physics in the
Milwaukee Public Schools at Pulaski, Bay View and Hamilton high schools
for 20 years.
After retirement from Hamilton High School, he remained interested in all
things science-related. He taught physics at Waukesha County Technical
College and at LaFarge Institute for Lifelong Learning.
He was the physics consultant for the Science, Economics and Technology
Center (now the Discovery World) and he and Doris traveled to other states
to visit similar science centers, gathering exhibit ideas for the
Ken was an active member of First Baptist Church of Waukesha, where he
served in many leadership positions. He was one of the founding members of
the Pewaukee Area Historical Society and of the Pewaukee High School
He was an active member of the Waukesha County Farm Bureau, Friends of
Retzer Nature Center and the Milwaukee Physics Club.
He was interested in astronomy and the environment and was recognized by
WTMJ-TV for his efforts as weather observer "Ken in Pewaukee."
Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, at Yonke
& Son Funeral Home, 205 Prospect Ave., Pewaukee. Visitation will be
held from 2 p.m. until the 3 p.m. memorial service Sunday, Aug. 8, at
First Baptist Church, 247 Wisconsin Ave., Waukesha. The family wishes to
thank the caring staff of Cambridge House, Waukesha Memorial Hospital and
Seasons Hospice. Memorial contributions to First Baptist Church of
Waukesha or Pewaukee Area Historical Society would be appreciated. Yonke
& Son Funeral Home, 691-1900, is serving the family.
We love you – farewell good and faithful servant.