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William G. Steveley

William G. Steveley

William (Bill) Geymer Steveley died peacefully at his home July 6th, 2006. He was born in 1912 and died at the age of 93 after a long and eventful life. Born in Sublimity, Oregon, he spent the majority of his life as a resident of Oregon.

His proudest moment came during teenage years when he won First Place at the National Guard Rifle Competition at Camp Perry,Ohio. During World War II, he worked as an electrician on the U.S.S. Leonard Wood.

In 1944 he met and married his first wife, Jean Lear in California. During the 1950's he moved back to Salem and married his second wife, Elizabeth Ruth Thompson.

He worked for Jenks White Seed Company prior to opening his own grass seed business on the outskirts of Salem. In later years, this business would be transformed into Battle Creek Golf Course. Battle Creek Golf Course originally started as a 9-hole course, later expanding to a full 18-hole golf course. After approximately 20 years, he sold the golf course to enter into retirement; however, he continued his daily Pinochle games at the golf course. Bill was also a founding member of the South Salem Rotary Club.

His son, Douglas William and his wife of 49 years, Elizabeth Ruth, preceded him in death. He is survived by his three daughters; Patricia Annette Codron of Berkeley, Calif., Elizabeth Dianne Carlson of Houston Tex., and Janet Donna Steveley of Ashland Ore.; and four grandchildren, Jeremy, Nikki, Katy and Rachel Carlson.

A graveside service was held in Salem, Ore., at Belcrest Cemetery on Monday, July 10, 2006 at 2:00 pm.