Woodward, Okla. — Steve R. Peil, 62 year old Woodward resident, died Sunday, April 15, 2012 in Amarillo, Texas from injuries sustained in the Woodward tornado. Funeral services were held at 9:00 a.m. Thursday, April 19, 2012 in the Billings Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Bob Lockhart officiating. Interment will be in the Gnadenfeldt Cemetery, southwest of Woodward.
Steven Ralph Peil was born on August 12, 1949 in Woodward, Oklahoma to Ralph George Henry and Mary Catherine (Yauk) Peil. He was reared in Woodward and attended Woodward schools, graduating from Woodward High School in 1967. Steve was inducted into the United States Army and served his country during the Vietnam War. He was an expert rifleman and a Radio Operator. Steve was honorably discharged in 1972. He was united in marriage to Helen Wright on June 30, 1972 at the First Presbyterian Church in Woodward, Oklahoma. They were blessed with two sons, Thomas Dustin and Adonis Dedric. The family made their home in the Woodward area. Steve worked as a Painter and Drywaller and continued doing so his whole life.
Steve was married to Kathe Buss in April of 2000 in Cumberland Cove at a Vietnam Vets and Legacy Vets State Meeting. They made their home in Woodward and have resided here since that time. He and Kathe enjoyed being together and hanging out with their family and friends.
He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church. Steve enjoyed riding his motorcycles and riding with his friends. He loved spending time with his family, especially his children, grandchildren and his brother and sisters. Steve was a charter member of the ABATE Northwest Chapter 69 and a member of the Vietnam Vets and Legacy Vets. He was very instrumental in getting both chapters started and was known as "Mickey Mouse.
He is survived by his wife Kathe Buss Peil of Woodward; two sons, Thomas Dustin Peil, Adonis Dedric Peil and wife Hayli, all of Owasso; grandchildren, Thomas Hunter Peil, Jaylon and Cruz Peil; one brother, Dallas Eugene Peil and wife Carol of Woodward; three sisters, Annette Nelson of Woodward, LeaAnn Gonser of Mooreland and Harold Gonser of Gage, Lavon Rippetoe and husband Rodney of Hollis; Kathe's children, Leslie Ann Rucker and husband Stephen and their daughter, Emma Grace Rucker of Seabrook, Texas; Jennifer Dale Clark and husband Clint Lewis and their daughter Lillie RaeAnn Lewis; Chad Clark, father to Katlynn Jean Clark and Sarah Kae Clark, these granddaughters lived with Steven and Kathe for over five years, Jacobi Clark; Kyle Clark and Felicia Prophet and their children Kyle Clark, Jr, Cage Nicholas; Kathe's parents, Bill and Lois Young of Woodward and Curt and Joyce Buss of Buffalo; other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Karen White and brothers-in-law, Roy White and Robert Nelson.
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