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Mr. Donald Philip Steadman

Mr. Donald Philip Steadman
  • May 28, 1949 - September 4, 2018
  • Ponchatoula, Louisiana

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“To one of my favorite cousins, Donald..R.I.P., sweet angel. I know you are reunited with the Lord and your Mom and Dad and Mickey and Ernie amongst...Read More »
1 of 31 | Posted by: SUSAN THONN - Henderson, NV

“Our dear Louise, Sorry to have missed Donnie's service as we've been out of town all weekend. Such a sweetheart and a joy to hug! And we know your...Read More »
2 of 31 | Posted by: Bob and Kim Zabbia - Ponchatoula, LA

“Don and I were fellow C.G. Auxiliarists for 20 years. It was my privilege to help guide his retirement from the Coast Guard Auxiliary on one of our...Read More »
3 of 31 | Posted by: Cleve Chandler - Baton Rouge, LA

“My condolences to Don's family. St. Paul's Class of '67 ”
4 of 31 | Posted by: Markey F Lawson - Allentown, NJ

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Donnie was a great person and will be truly missed by many. May God be with you. ”
5 of 31 | Posted by: Janet Dominguez - Ponchatoula, LA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Donnie was a great person and will be truly missed by many. May God be with you. ”
6 of 31 | Posted by: Janet Dominguez - Ponchatoula, LA

Don and 1967 SPHS Classmates at the going away party for Brother David, June 24th, 2017.  R.I.P. My Friend! “My Heartfelt Sympathy goes out to Louise and her family at the loss of an old St. Paul's Friend, Don Steadman. I am so sad to learn of his passing...Read More »
7 of 31 | Posted by: A friend

“For Donnie. He was a cousin who I loved. Some of my earliest childhood memories of him and my other Steadman cousins swimming, running around in...Read More »
8 of 31 | Posted by: Julie Dargis - Metairie, LA

“Genuine human. Glad I knew him. ”
9 of 31 | Posted by: John Stansbury - Windsor, ME

“With greatest in peace. ”
10 of 31 | Posted by: stanley crochet - Hammond, LA

“Dear Louise, Sean and family,We are so saddened and shocked to hear of Dons passing. Spending time with him at Sean's wedding was truly a gift. He...Read More »
11 of 31 | Posted by: Lisa King Voelkel - Anita springs, LA

“Donald was my friend. He was a good man. He will be remembered. ”
12 of 31 | Posted by: Michael Martin - Houston, TX

“To Louise, Darryl, and SeanI can only describe Don as a gentle soul. When we were "stupid" kids, acting foolishly in high school I remember Don as...Read More »
13 of 31 | Posted by: Caire Boe - Dade City, FL

“Very hurt to hear of Don's passing. I worked with him for around 10 years at BREC. He always made me feel important and a welcomed part of the BREC...Read More »
14 of 31 | Posted by: Jason Hoggatt - Baton Rouge, LA

“When you work with someone like Don, you came to enjoy his story telling... he had a tremendous sense of humor and really drew you into the story. ...Read More »
15 of 31 | Posted by: Jack Terry - Baton Rouge, LA

“Don gave invaluable advice at work, and entertained me with stories of his time at Michoud. He was a sharp, insightful and dedicated man. ”
16 of 31 | Posted by: Christopher Kersey - Baker, LA

“Louise & Family, So sorry to hear about Don's passing. I hadn't talked to him since his retirement from BREC. We had a good repore with each...Read More »
17 of 31 | Posted by: Paul & Glenda Foretich - Baker, LA

“Hello Sweet Cousin Donnie. Thank you for being so kind to my mom. You and Louise visited to the hospital was wonderful. Don's impression of "Elivs...Read More »
18 of 31 | Posted by: wanda anderson - slidell, LA

“For me, it's a lifetime of memories as I can not remember a time when he was not a part of my life. What I will never forget is the way he would...Read More »
19 of 31 | Posted by: Gretchen Twickler - Dry Prong, LA

“So sorry to hear this. I enjoyed working with Don during his time with BREC. He was always quick with a laugh and a helping hand. ”
20 of 31 | Posted by: Lois Cook - Baton Rouge, LA

“What a tremendous loss to so many, many people and what a heritage he leaves behind. Wonderful memories. We'll never forget Don and are already in...Read More »
21 of 31 | Posted by: Kathryn Martin - Ponchatoula, LA

“To the family, I'm so sorry for your loss. You have my deepest sympathy. Don will truly be missed. I had the pleasure to get to know Mr.Don Steadman....Read More »
22 of 31 | Posted by: Stephanie Trim - Baton Rouge, LA

“To the family, I'm so sorry for your loss. You have my deepest sympathy. Don will truly be missed. I had the pleasure to get to know Mr. Steadmsn. We...Read More »
23 of 31 | Posted by: Stephanie Trim - Baton Rouge, LA

“Louise My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Love Rita ”
24 of 31 | Posted by: Rita Munch - Ponchatoula, LA

“Louise and family,We are so sorry for your loss. I never realized just how sick and how soon God would take Don home. You will be in our prayers. ((...Read More »
25 of 31 | Posted by: Debbie and Wayne Norwood - LA

“Dear Louise & Family, Dear Louise & Family, We never know what God holds in store for us or our families.. Don was such a unique individual with...Read More »
26 of 31 | Posted by: Nancy Vega - Ponchatoula, LA

27 of 31 | Posted by: EVON SCHLIEGELMEYER - Ponchatoula, LA

“So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you. ”
28 of 31 | Posted by: Gordon Anderson - Hammond

“Truly blessed to be your daughter in law. Life is a journey as you stated and honored to be in your life on the journey we have had. ...Read More »
29 of 31 | Posted by: Barbara Lessard - Hammond, LA

“To Mrs. Louise (Lou),We were so sorry to hear of Don's passing and we want to express our most sincere sympathies to you and the family during this...Read More »
30 of 31 | Posted by: Shanda Crosby - Baton Rouge, LA

“I am so sorry for your loss. Don was always so nice and helpful to me when I began work at BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo.My thoughts and prayers are with...Read More »
31 of 31 | Posted by: Vicki Jones - Clinton, LA

Donald Philip Steadman's journey ended on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, at his home in Bedico, LA at the age of 69 from pancreatic cancer. Don was born on Saturday, May 28, 1949 to Ernest Henry and Aurora Beals Steadman and lived in New Orleans until the age of 9.

Graduated from St. Joseph Catholic School, Ponchatoula, LA 1963, graduated from St. Paul School, Covington, LA 1967, graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University 1974, took Continue Education classes at LSU.

He was a member of the Ponchatoula Jaycees, JCI International Senator #41787, Jaycees Double Exhausted Rooster, 1st President of Bedico Jaycees, Hammond Kiwanis Club, Hammond Lions Club, St. Patrick's Krewe of Erin, Mardi Gras Krewe of Pericles, Republic of West Florida Division Ancient Order of Hibernians.

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 4-10 Flotilla Commander, Baton Rouge, LA, held the titles of Search & Rescue Specialist, Communication Specialist, Vessel Examination Specialist, title of Coast Gaurd Auxiliary Instructor for 16 years, received the U.S. Coast Gaurd Citation Award Operational Merit in assisting a rescue in saving two non-wearing PFD twelve year old boys in open water, and through the Coast Guard Auxiliary a founding member of the Department of Homeland Security in that region.

He was employed with Martin Marietta Aerospace and was on the Systems Refinement Teams, member of Society Safety Engineers, and a Sr. Society Manufacturing Engineers.

He retired from The Recreation and Park Commission of East Baton Rouge Parish with 25 years, member of Louisiana Association of Self Insure Employer, Certified Workers Comp Professional 16 years, Louisiana Recreation and Park Association, Certified Playground Inspector through the National Park and Recreation Institute, Certified CPR Instructor through the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross, Louisiana Public Risk and Insurance Management Association, National Safety Council of Defensive Driving Instructor, Certified American Red Cross Lifeguard 1991-2002.

Surviving is his wife of 39 years, Louise Beckendorf Steadman; son and wife, Sean and Courtney Mellies Steadman of Bedico; son and wife, Darryl and Barbara Jochum Lessard; grandson and wife, Brandon and Caitlin Croop Lessard of Denham Springs; and grandson, Kole Lessard. Also surviving are his siblings and their spouses, Marie and Timmy Ragan of Ponchatoula, Aurora and Greg Jones of Ohio, Richard and Tanya Steadman of Pine, LA, Glenn Steadman of Bedico, Carla and Charlie VanVrancken of Ponchatoula, Chris and Anita Steadman of Mandeville, Sylvia and Gene Gregorchik of Madisonville; and many uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends.

Don is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Ernest Andrew and Clara Klein Steadman; parents, Ernest Henry and Aurora Beals Steadman; brothers, Ernest Richard Steadman and Michael J. Steadman; and nephew, Jason K. Steadman.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation on Friday, September 7, 2018, from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm at Harry McKneely and Son Funeral Home 2000 N Morrison Blvd. Hammond, LA. Visitation will resume on Saturday, September 8, 2018, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 255 North 8th Street, Ponchatoula, LA from 8:00 am until the Funeral Mass at 11:00 am.

Interment will follow in Cooper Cemetery, Robert, LA.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Don's name to the Knights of Columbus, Ponchatoula, LA, St. Vincent dePaul, Ponchatoula, LA, Restoration House, Hammond, LA, and the Lion's Club, Ponchatoula, LA.

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