Dr. Donald Lee Steed, 84, of Bentonville, AR died July 23, 2016. His
service will be held at 10:00am, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at Stockdale-
Moody Funeral Services (2898 West Walnut, Rogers, AR 72756), with
internment at 2:00pm at the Fayetteville National Cemetery.
Don was born in 1931 in Cale, Arkansas to Bascom T. and Era L. Steed. He
was the third of four children and traveled with his family to live in a tent
city in Casa Grande, AZ during the Great Depression. Having grown
resilient and determined in his younger years, Don pursued an extensive
education, which included one year at Southern State College, Arkansas
before enlisting in the Air Force in 1951. He married Pauline Campbell in
1952 and they were soon stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska where their first
child was born. As he was stationed in one location after another he
attended Arkansas A&M and then Washington University for Dental School.
During this time, two more children were born. His family of five moved
from Bergstrom Air Force Base in Austin, to Istanbul, Turkey then to
Lackland AFB in San Antonio.
Dr. Donald Steed was now an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and a full
colonel in the United States Air Force. His family was stationed at Ramey
AFB in Puerto Rico next, followed by Wright Patterson in Dayton, Ohio.
During this time Don also served on dental missions in Africa and the
Dominican Republic. In 1975, Don and Pauline returned to Texas where he
served as a professor and the coordinator of resident training at multiple
medical schools for over a decade before entering private practice in
Kerrville, Texas where he worked for the next 16 years.
Throughout his career he was awarded numerous merits and honors - the
USAF Meritorious Service Medal, the USAF Citation for Outstanding
Diagnostic Acumen, and the USAF Legion of Merit to name but a few.
Throughout his life he steadfastly served God, his family, his country and
those in need.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Pauline Steed; his children, Nancy
Blair and David, Scott Steed and Kristin, and Tim Steed and Margie; his
grandchildren Tanner Blair and Corrie, Tim Hockaday and Anna, Emily
Willson and Trey, Tyler Blair and Darian, Logan Steed and Ashley, Joshua
Steed and Dana; several great grandchildren; and his sister, Melva Morman
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