January 31, 1943 - August 6, 2013
Victor Patterson “Pat” Steele passed from this life on August 6, 2013, at St. John Medical Center, Tulsa, after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease. Funeral Services will be at 1:30 P.M., Saturday, August 10, at the First Methodist Church in Wewoka under the direction of Floral Haven of Tulsa. Interment will follow in Holdenville Cemetery. The only son of Frank Patterson and Charlcie Young Steele, Pat was born January 31, 1943, in Holdenville. Both Parents, an infant sister, and a niece, Lisa Adams, preceded him in death. He is survived by four sisters, Louse Adams, Tulsa; Betty Caldwell and husband Ron, Tulsa; Linda Carpenter and husband Jim, Shawnee; and Deanna Steele, San Francisco. Three nephews and three nieces also survive their “Uncle Pat”: David Caldwell, Ft Scott, Kansas; Jay Carpenter, Tulsa; Zachary Judkins, San Francisco; Susan Ward, Tulsa; Beth Holland, San Francisco; and Jill Lee, Flower Mound, Texas. Other survivors include several great and great -great nieces and nephews, Uncle Ray Steele of Holdenville, several cousins and many dear friends. Pat graduated from Holdenville High School in 1961 and enrolled at Oklahoma State University that fall. After three years at OSU, he transferred to Southwestern State University to attend pharmacy school graduating in 1968. In 1969 after interning in Tulsa and obtaining his state board certification, he took a job in Ardmore with Steele Drug. A year later, he bought Chaney Drug in Wewoka and returned closer to home. He operated Chaney Drug until his retirement in late 2001. In the early seventies, Pat bought a farm south of Wewoka and raised cattle for many years as an avocation. He enjoyed leaving the store in the evenings to drive around the farm checking the cattle and enjoying the fresh air after being cooped up behind the counter at the store all day. In 1998 he sold his cattle since running the store and looking after the farm became difficult as his health slowly declined. Pat enjoyed taking coffee breaks with so many townspeople as they dropped into the drug store from their businesses or the courthouse. He was a man of few words, but he liked hearing what people had to say and their take on the day to day routine in Wewoka. Pat enjoyed his association with Wewoka citizens through his membership in Lions Club, the Wewoka Country Club, and the Methodist Church. His friendship with the late Fred Lacquement was a special association during the later years of both men. They had a standing date for a steak dinner every week at the country Club where they would discuss the latest news in the business world.
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