Born 2-17-1926 -- Died 3-01-2007
Dorman Lloyd Steelman, 81, died March 1, 2007, at the Salem Memorial District Hospital in Salem, Mo. He was born Feb. 17, 1926, in Cedar Grove, Mo. Steelman was the oldest of 10 children born to Reamy and Erma Steelman.
His first eight years of education were in a one-room schoolhouse on the banks of the Current River and he graduated from Eminence High School in 1944.
Steelman served in active duty during World War II as a member of the United States Navy, Gunner's Mate, from 1944 until the end of the war. He graduated from the University of Missouri School of Law in 1952, and served as Salem City attorney from 1956 until 1957.
In 1957, Steelman was elected as state representative from Dent County to the Missouri House of Represen-tatives, where he was re-elected three times and served until 1964, serving as minority floor leader from 1960 to 1964. He was state chairman to the Missouri Republican Party from 1966 until 1968.
In 1976 Steelman was appoint- ed by Missouri Governor Kit Bond as circuit judge for Missouri Judicial Circuit 42, where he was reelected three times and served until 1994.
Steelman was a member of the United Methodist Church, Sottish Rite Masons, Rotary Club, Shrine, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Masonic Lodge, American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Dorman Steelman will be missed by many Missourians. He exemplified what was best about America's greatest generation. He was truly a man of the people. He never forgot his humble beginnings and believ-ed in the worth of every individual," Missouri Treasurer Sarah Steelman said. "As my father-in-law, he was always willing to offer advice and wise counsel often in the form of a colorful story that expressed his point. And as my sons; grandpa, he was their avid sports fan, fishing buddy and showed them through his life the characteristics that make a boy a good man -- honesty, integrity and a fierce commitment to justice. I will miss him greatly."
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Nelle "Maxine" L. Livesay, whom he married Nov. 21, 1951; three children and their spouses, David Lloyd and Sarah Steelman of Rolla, Mo., Deborah Lynn and Tom Macon of Kansas City, Mo., and Donald Alan and Linda Steelman, of Salem, Mo.; six grandchildren, Amanda Steelman- Moore of New Orleans, La., Samuel John, Joe Dorman and Michael David Steelman of Rolla, Mo., and Livvy and Travis Ward of Kansas City, Mo.; and eight brothers and sisters, Dorella Beckett, Smith-ville, Mo., Glenna Steelman, Poplar Bluff, Mo., Thorlene Lough, O'Fallon, Mo., Larry Steelman, Fenton, Mo., Loretta Dewitt, Oldfield, Mo., Deloris Petty, Town & Country, Mo., and Helen Elmer of Nixa.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Gurnell and Stanley Steelman.
A devoted husband and father, Steelman lived a rich life committed to his family, county and service to his fellowman. Arrangements are under by James and Gahr Funeral Home in Salem, Mo.