Brett Lee Steele


Celebration of Life July 3,11 a.m., 131 Box Canyon Road, Ione. Family and friends are welcome.

Brett Lee Steele, Surveyor, Party Chief and long-time resident of Moses Lake passed away unexpectedly on October 10, 2020 at his home.
Brett was born on August 27, 1960 in Klamath Falls, Oregon to Alan and Neva Steele. He was the third of four siblings. They moved to Bridgeport, Washington when Brett was 3. His Father, Alan went to school at Oregon Tech in Klamath Falls receiving his LS in Surveying. His Mother, Neva was a full-time mother, secretary and plat drafter helping with the Survey Business. Brett started learning the Survey profession at a young age. He grew up learning how to work hard and had a good work ethic that he carried with him throughout his life.
Growing up in Bridgeport he spent summers gopher hunting, changing water, catching rattle snakes for local farmers and orchardists and helping his dad survey. Fall and Winter months were busy playing football and downhill skiing. Brett was part of the foreign exchange student program spending a summer in Japan. He had many great experiences with his student exchange family. After graduating from high school in Bridgeport in 1978, Brett spent his first summer with his best friend Kenny Rader touring the United States. Later that year Brett and his father moved to Alaska surveying. Brett continued surveying in Alaska for 8 years. Working in Alaska, it was common to travel by helicopter to the job site. He had many great stories of wildlife migrations, meeting and learning traditions from Native Alaskans and helicopter skiing.
In 1982, Brett was blessed with a son, Brett Joel Steele (BJ). Brett and BJ moved back to the Bridgeport area to be closer to family and later moved south of Moses Lake in 1989. Brett was a great dad, a good cook, patient parent and taught BJ that great moral code.  
Brett worked as a Surveyor Party Chief all his life. He was Co-Owner of Basin Surveying and then later working for Columbia Northwest Engineering for many years.
In 1993, Brett met the love of his life Lisa Steele and they married in 1995. Together they worked hard and were building their retirement home on the Pend Oreille River. He was looking forward to the next phase of his life. God had other plans and graciously called him home while taking a nap on a Saturday afternoon. Brett was a wonderful husband, dad, brother and friend. He is dearly loved and will be missed by all.
Brett is survived by his wife Lisa Steele of 25 years, son Brett Joel Steele (Cyndi) of Spokane Valley, brother Jerald Steele of Ione, Washington, brother Mark Steele of Bridgeport, Washington and little sister Jann Jenkins (Scott) of Bridgeport, Washington.  Nephew and nieces: Jacob Steele, Ephrata; Zach Steele, Mansfield; Jamey Jo Steele, Mansfield; Megan Trautman, Ephrata and Kyle Jenkins, Cheney.
Preceding him in death were his parents Alan Steele and Neva Dezellem, grandparents Ed and Leona Goodrich,  Percy and Eula Steele and good friends Bob Matter and Kenny Rader.
Should you wish to send a donation, Brett would be honored to have contributions sent to the Shriner’s Hospital in Spokane or the charity of your choice.
There will be a Celebration of Life for Brett on July 3, at 11 a.m. at 131 Box Canyon Road, Ione, Washington. Family and friends are welcome.
 

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