Beaverton Historical Society
Gladwin County Obituary/Death Notice
Perry Steele


   Perry Steele, 25, of Gladwin, drowned in the Cedar River, a mile east and north of Beaverton, Friday. He had gone fishing in the forenoon and was reported missing when he failed to return in the evening. A search party was organized and the river dragged, under the direction of Sheriff Arthur Kelly and Deputy Charles Burns, in the vicinity of where his tackle box and jacket were found on the river bank. The body was recovered at 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning after searching most of the night.

   It is believed that Mr. Steele lost his life soon after going to the river. Another angler reported observing his fishing equipment on the shore early in the day, but Steele was not in sight. A veteran of World War II, he had been in ill health for a year and a half and was said to have suffered with fainting spells.

   Mr. Steele was born on May 5, 1925 and came to Gladwin about one year ago. He was a member of the Gladwin Assembly of God. Surviving are his wife, Kathleen; four sons, Perry Jr., Michael, Stanley and David, all at home; his father, Perry N. Steele of North Bradley; one brother, Donald, of Detroit; three sisters, Mrs. Bud Aultman and Mrs. Frazier Bell of Coleman and Mrs. Adrian Riggie of Midland.

   Funeral services were held on Monday afternoon from the Reigle Funeral Home, with the Rev. Wesley Wibley officiating. Burial was made in Highland cemetery.

Personal Information
Death Date
Burial/Final Location
Highland Cemetery, Gladwin, MI
MI Tec. 4 Bn. Inf. Repl. Tng. Cen. WWI
Publication Information
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Pub. Page
Gladwin County Record, Gladwin, MI
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January 2005
Tom Ladner
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