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Carl Steed

June 4, 1944 — February 8, 2023

Carl L. Steed, 78, passed away February 8, 2023 at his home outside of Choteau, Montana. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday; February 14, 2023 at 11:00 am at the Choteau Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Following, Carl will be laid to rest in Choteau Cemetery next to his wife Arlette. Gorder-Jensen Funeral Home is charged with arrangements. Carl was born June 4, 1944 in Midland, Michigan to Leslie Carl Hitsman and Myrtyl (Toczek) Hitsman-Steed-Landers. He was raised in Seattle, Washington where he attended school. Carl graduated from Renton High School in Renton, Washington with the class of 1962.Carl enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1962 and served his country for eight years. During his time in the military, he attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was honorably discharged in 1970. On a blind date, in Great Falls, Montana; Carl met his beloved Arlette Joy (Mann) Steed and the couple was married June 19, 1964. They were married for 50 years until her passing in 2014. Carl was well traveled and lived quite a few places throughout the years. The longest time spent in Rochester, Washington (30 years) and Choteau, Montana for the last 18 years of his life. Carl graduated from college with an Associate Degree in History and worked as a Heavy Equipment Operator for 30 years.Carl enjoyed woodworking, carving, camping, hunting, fishing, and canoeing. He was an avid reader and liked to watch movies. He was an active member of the Choteau Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He always volunteered for the annual blood drive, Thanksgiving soup kitchen. He served for years as a Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America. Carl was an average American man. He served and sacrificed quietly. He dedicated himself to the raising and support of his family. He mentored and developed dozens of boys to become wonderful men and good citizens. They include doctors, dentists, soldiers, and teachers, who have themselves shaped hundreds and thousands. His sense of citizenship and responsibility to the community was profound. He wasn't well educated nor was he himself well decorated or awarded, but this is the kind of man or woman who has built this country and made it great.Carl is survived by his sons Nicholas Steed and Brian Steed; his sisters Julie Ann Berig, Maryann Steed, Dawn Hitsman Wilson, and Alicia Steed; his brothers Garold Steed, Doug Hitsman, and Roger Hitsman as well as eight grandchildren: Rauchelle Richey (Troy Richey), Jessica Steed, Alyssa Steed, Miranda Bilodeau Adam Bilodeau), Katelyn Watkins (Michael Watkins), Hunter Steed (Ashlyn Steed), Charlotte Ward (Stuart Ward), and Brian J. Steed. He is survived by six great-grandchildren, Harvey Richey, Frost Richey, Lucas Bilodeau, Evelyn Bilodeau, Theodore Ward, and Rhys Richey.Carl was preceded in death by his wide Arlette J. Steed, his parents Leslie Carl Hitsman and Myrtle Steed-Landers.Carl loved the outdoors, loved Montana, loved being active in his church, and above all loved his family and the Lord.Condolences for Carl's family may be left on-line at www.gorderjensenfuneralhome.com.









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