Robert Burton Steed, 94, of Nixon passed away Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. Robert was born Feb. 8, 1924 in Corpus Christi to William Sherman Steed and Mattie Lillian Steed. He married Frances Janie Brister on Dec. 29, 1981 in San Antonio.
Shortly after serving time as a sergeant in the United States Army Air Corp, Robert began his career as a boilermaker. For 25 years, he worked diligently at this job. He became well-known and respected as a superintendent, and even contributed to the development of certain machinery used in the field. This hard work ethic continued even after he retired.
Robert had a passion for fixing things. Many times, he would take an item apart and put it back together just to be able to say he fixed it. Throughout his life, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, and sports; his favorites being baseball and football. Being a semi-pro catcher back in the day, he had a special connection with baseball.
Robert indeed had a love for being outdoors, whether that was working in the garden, where he took pride in his freshly grown tomatoes, cucumbers, and watermelons, or on his lawnmower, making sure his grass looked perfect. He could also be found sitting out on his front porch telling stories, or enjoying some sweets, mostly cookies and peach cobbler. Robert wholeheartedly cared about his family. No matter the relation, he would treat them as if they were his own, and it was never questioned otherwise.
Robert Burton Steed is survived by his adoring family, wife of 36 years, Frances Janie Steed of Gonzales; daughter and son-in-law, Vickie and Bruce Bland of Alvin; step-daughter and husband, Diann and Carl Heckman of Marion; daughter-in-law, Kathy Steed of Nederland; step-daughter-in-law, Ruby Shaver of Gonzales; son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Lisa Steed of Houston; step-son and wife, Fred and Sharon Shaver of Dayton; 12 grandchildren, 8 step-grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, 12 step-great-grandchildren, and 3 step-great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Kenneth, Robert, and Jeff Steed; stepson, Floyd Shaver; and step-daughter, Terry Dale Price.
A visitation was held from noon-2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at Seydler-Hill Funeral Home. A graveside service followed in Caraway Cemetery with Jimmy Newmen as celebrant. Pallbearers were Derrick Heckman, Mason Foster, Carl Heckman, Zach Dean, Bruce Bland, and Robert Bland. Honorary pallbearer was Rylen Heckman. The family wants to give special thanks to Kindred Hospice and staff and The Heights of Gonzales and staff for their admirable care and consideration towards Mr. Steed.
Memorials may be made to Kindred Hospice.
Friends may leave their condolences to the family by visiting www.seydlerhillfuneralhome.com. Services are under the care and direction of Seydler-Hill Funeral Home.