The cause was complications from diabetes.
In the summer of 1976, Ted and his wife Dorothy where looking for a place for their family to escape the heat of the Arizona summer and to enjoy skiing in the winter. They arrived July 4th weekend in the afternoon; by the next morning they were looking for a real estate agent. They quickly bought a lot, had a house designed, which Ted built, and occupied it for Christmas 1976. That was the beginning of Ted’s love for the mountains, and he chose to return for his final days to this community where he had enjoyed so many wonderful times.
Steele was a native of Chicago, and graduated from Yale University and Harvard Business School. After finishing business school, Ted moved to Arizona and worked as a builder/ developer in many parts of the country. After retiring, he continued to do private development in Arizona, the Virgin Islands and Mexico. Ted and Dorothy were full time residents of Telluride from 1999 to 2008, when they began returning to Arizona for the winter and spending the summer months at their Telluride home.
Steele was also a US Marine who served in active combat in the Korean war and was a member of the Marine Corps Reserve for many years. He often said of his three educational experiences, the Marine Corps had the biggest influence on him, and his military affiliation was a source of lifelong pride.
Steele’s sunny disposition and love of fun and adventure was an endless source of excitement for his family and friends and will be remembered by all those who knew and loved him.
Steele is survived by his wife, Dorothy; his five children, Peter, Brad, Andy, Connie, and Jeff; his two stepchildren, Eric and Cathy; and by his fourteen grandchildren: George, Allison and Suzanne Steele; Ian, Ben, Thomas, and Robert Steele; Erin and Grayson Steele: Claire, Collin, and Elise Drown; and Max and Luke Shull.
A memorial service will be held in Telluride in August; the date will be announced later.