Farewell William Steptoe — beloved family man, Dexter Troop 448 founder

William B. Steptoe, 87, of Dexter, passed away peacefully and with family by his side on Friday, September 11, 2015 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor.

Bill was born April 15, 1928 in Pinckney, Mich. to parents David and Mary (Banghart) Steptoe and was the middle sibling between older sister Jean (Drinkwater) and younger sister Mary (Kimmel). The family resided in the neighboring village of Dexter, where Bill lived his entire life. He graduated in 1947 from Dexter High School, where he was a stand-out athlete in football, baseball, and basketball. Bill was part of the second of four generations of Steptoe DHS graduates.

Bill was married to Mary Ann Harris on August 26, 1950, and during their 65 wonderful years together, raised three children: Robert (Margaret) Steptoe of Dexter, Bonnie (Steve) Przelomski of Rocky Mount, N.C., and David (Kim) Steptoe of Dexter.

Instilled in Bill was the importance of serving his country and community. He served in Korea as a member of the United States Army during the Korean War. He also leaves behind a legacy of service within the Boy Scouts of America organization, of which he was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout Leader for a number of years with Troop 477 of Dexter. He was also proud to lead hundreds of local boys over the years as the Founding Scout Master of Dexter Troop 448, which he founded in 1969.

Bill remained active in the community by serving on the Dexter Planning Commission, as a member of the American Legion Post 577, and as a member of the Post 46 Hunt & Fish Club. He was honored to be elected to the Dexter High School Alumni Hall of Fame in 1997 – 50 years after graduating. Bill enjoyed being a member of the Chrysler Bowling League and retired from Chrysler in 1978.

Bill is survived by his wife and three children. He made a tremendous, positive impact on many other family members including his six grandchildren, Dan (Tracie) Steptoe of Port Huron, Sara Steptoe of Howell, Erin Steptoe of Dexter, Brett Stocchi of Pinckney, Hannah Przelomski of Rocky Mount, N.C., and Joe Przelomski of Rocky Mount, N.C. He was also blessed to enjoy three great-grandchildren, Allie, Maggie, and Wesley Steptoe of Port Huron. Bill was also adored by nieces Sue Chase of Washington, D.C., Judy Gill (deceased), Janet Burke of Littleton, Colo., Karen Posa of Mayville, and Kris Leary of Rockville Md.

The funeral service for Bill will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 15 at the Hosmer-Muehlig Funeral Chapel in Dexter, 3410 Broad St.

Visitation will be held 4-8 p.m. on Monday, September 14 and 10-11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 15, also at Hosmer-Muehlig.

Memorials may be made in Bill’s honor to Boy Scout Troop #448 of Dexter, c/o Dexter United Methodist Church, 7643 Huron River Dr., Dexter, MI 48130.

For more information or to sign the guestbook, visit http://www.dignitymemorial.com/hosmer-muehlig-funeral-chapel.

This obituary was provided by the Steptoe family.

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