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MY THIRD BOOK IS FINISHED!!
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This book is the Biography of my Dad, Gary Steele,
ALZHEIMER'S, ARCHAEOLOGY, AND THE ARMED FORCES
From the Back of the Book...
A tale of love.
Letters. Fragile pieces of history found in a drawer, tucked away in the corners of a desk, or tied with a red ribbon. Words on paper, folded, placed into an envelope, stamped, and mailed to points around the country, even around the world. Tangible reminders that tell The Story of a Family…
From the Armed Forces. . .
He was a Sailor, traveling to the Far East on a Navy destroyer, crossing the Equator to become a Shellback, longing to be reunited with the “purty miss” he left behind.
…to Archaeology. . .
He was an avocational archaeologist, walking the plowed fields of Wisconsin looking for ancient artifacts, working alongside the Ph.D.’s at MVAC preserving prehistory.
He was a family man, sinking into the morass of an insidious disease from which there was no escape, slowly but surely losing himself until he went home to glory.
We read what is written; can we decipher what is unwritten? There are lessons to be learned from the lives of those who have left behind the legacy of the written word. May the story of my family, as told through the nearly lost art of letter writing, capture your heart and imagination.
The Reviews Are Coming In!
Susan, I FINISHED IT!! I think I’m in love with your Dad!!
I just finished reading Alzheimer’s, Archaeology, and the Armed Forces, and I'm encouraging you to read it!! I am amazed at the life and marriage of Gary & Betty Steele. It is or could be the story of anyone of us today....
As a daughter of someone who lost their parent to Alzheimer’s, and I am approximately the same age of Betty as she was walking through the disease with her husband, this story drew me into their relationship and I walked with them as they looked for 'stones' in the fields, their long distance relationship from a Navy ship, and finally the long, hard path of Alzheimer’s without each other.
Well done, Susan Steele!! Thank you for sharing your family’s story with me!! I was blest to read it!!!
Your book is keeping me up at night! I just can’t put it down.
I am about 100 pages into the book and it is hard to put down. It is answering a lot of questions I had about Alzheimer’s. The book is enough of a family story for family, but it is also written for others to read about what that disease is like on a day to day basis. It’s very well written. Congratulations!
Susan! The book looks perfect! I flipped through the pages, admiring how well assembled the whole thing turned out... and as I started to read various portions, I encountered more than words, more than sentences. You have refined your work to a point that the writing has become... musical. I read Chapter 6 aloud to someone else, and your words received hearty agreement as the truth behind the pictures you painted resonated with someone else's experiences. What a champion you have produced! May this Labor of Love bless abundantly!
Received your book! The cover is absolutely fantastic! Already engrossed in reading! Susan, such a great walk down memory lane. I’ve known your folks since I was five years old. Being a kid, I didn’t know the back story! What a beautiful blessing; my mind is recalling so much, even tiny remembrances come to my mind with UTMOST clarity. Beautiful, wonderful choreograph of words. I can’t put it down. You are so gifted with storytelling….JUST LIKE YOUR DAD! Loving every word!
Boy did you do a stellar Job. The book is terrific, had a hard time putting it down.
You know Susan, I was not going to read your book. I love your Mom and enjoy our encounters, but I just wasn’t interested in reading your book. However, I am about a third of the way through it now and I love it. You write so well and the research is excellent. I am enjoying your book very much. Thank you.
Apparently my Dad has never grieved losing your Dad.
He just came out if his room sobbing. He said your Dad was "One in 50 million."
He is reading your book again.
I feel so sad for him.
I guess I never really knew how much my Dad loved your Dad. I've only seen my Dad cry 2 times in my life. Losing my brother Eric and losing my Uncle.
I just wanted to let you know how special your Dad is. And he sure is loved. I comforted my Dad and told him he will see your Dad again. And how blessed he was to have had him as a true friend. Wow....my Dad was truly blessed.
Copyright 2015-2022, Susan Steele. Contents of this website are protected by copyright laws. All rights reserved. This is not an "official" Navy site. This website was put together to honor my father, Gary Steele. Most of the photographs on this website are from Gary Steele's collection and they are used with permission. Some of the other pictures are from the Navy and the Public Domain...thank you to those contributors!