In Memory

Steve Abele - Class Of 1965

Steve Abele passed away June 30, 2014 in Lancaster, California at the young age 67. He was born January 14, 1947 in Fort Benning, Georgia. Growing up as a 'military brat', he lived by the adage, 'Home is where you hang your hat'. Steve had just completed his sophomore year and his family was transferred by to the States. For the past 37 years, Steve's home was the Antelope Valley. He was a proud USMC Vietnam Veteran, serving in the 1st Marine Air Wing, HMM-161. Following his military service he attended and graduated from San Diego State University becoming a Special Education Teacher with Muroc Joint Unified School District in 1977. He taught in all the Edwards AFB Schools during his tenure with the district, retiring after 33 years in 2009.

Steve was a member of the Vietnam Veterans Association, USMC Combat Helicopter Association and was an Endowment Member of the NRA. His interests included World War II Aviation History, genealogy, target shooting, traveling, and watching the University of Alabama play football. 'Roll Tide'!

Steve is survived by his wife of 32 years, Norma, son Nathan Abele and his son's wife Carla, daughter Shannon Cowan and his daughter's husband Rob, and his father John Abele. Steve's most precious survivors are his three granddaughters, Chloe and Isabella Cowan, and Aria Abele. And lastly, his beloved English Mastiff, CH Thunder Sky's Kodiak Gold, 'Kodi'.

Today it is with a heavy heart, that we say goodbye to Heaven's newest angel. No more pain and suffering for you Steve. In time our hearts too will mend with all the wonderful memories you left behind. You will be forever missed, but always remembered. A Celebration of Life was held for him, Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Halley Olsen Murphy Funerals and Cremations, Lancaster, California.

In lieu of flowers donations may be sent in his memory to the Wounded Warrior Project -- Semper Fi

This obituary appeared in the Antelope Valley Press Tuesday, July 8, 2014.

The Johnson High alumni will miss Steve very much.