The Grove Police Department regretfully announced the death of one of its own last week.

Evidence Officer Jack F. Steel, Sr., 79, passed away on October 26th.

“Jack was the kind of person who always had a smile on his face,” recalled Grove Police Chief Mark Morris. “He truly loved his job and he was a hard worker.”

Morris said that even though Steel had been suffering with numerous health problems he was always cheerful and served the department and the community faithfully.

Steel had worked for the department since 2002. Prior to that he worked for the Delaware County District Attorney’s office.

He was born February 1, 1929 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Paul G. and Hazel (Simpson) Steel. 

After graduating from Will Rogers High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, he attended Tulsa University for two years. 

Although Steel enjoyed his farm and fishing, his greatest enjoyments in life came from his family.  He was a very devoted family man who immersed himself fully in the lives of his children and grandchildren.  This was evident by the fact that he attended every activity for every kid and he coached his sons’ football teams.  He was a devout Christian.

On March 19, 1949, Jack married Jacqueline Ellis in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.  They made their home in Tulsa for a number of years before moving to Grove in 1977.

Survivors include his wife, Jackie of the home; four sons, Jack Steel, Jr. of Elkins, Arkansas, Charles Samuel Steel of Tulsa, Robert Paul Steel and his wife Debra Gail of Glenpool, and James G. T. Steel and his wife Linda of Catoosa; two daughters, Deidre Rouse and her husband Jim and Jane Hahn and her husband Don both of Broken Arrow; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Robert Joseph Steel; and one granddaughter, Amanda Dean.

The family suggests memorials to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105-1942.

“Despite his heavy work load, Jack always took time to greet all of his fellow employees and he was truly interested in our day to day lives,” Morris said.

“We will miss his presence in our department,” he added.

Condolence messages and cards may be sent to Mrs. Jackie Steel in care of the Grove Police Department, 11 E. Third, Grove, OK 74344.