Ben and Shirley Steele

Ben Steele and his wife, Shirley, meet with ROTC members from MSUB in March 2016.

CASEY PAGE, Gazette Staff

The public memorial service for Ben Steele is set for 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the Montana Pavilion at MetraPark.

The building can seat 2,000 people and there will be ample parking.

Steele, a survivor of the Bataan Death March and long-time art teacher at Eastern Montana College and Montana State University Billings, died on Sunday at 98. He is survived by his wife Shirley, daughters Julie Jorgenson and Rosemarie Steele and son Sean Steele.

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