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Former Scioto GM Bob Steele dies

July 05, 2009
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Bob Steele, 89, former general manager at Scioto Downs and presiding judge at the Delaware, Ohio County Fair for many years, died Sunday afternoon in Riverside Hospital in Columbus.

Mr. Steele served 40 years as general manager at Scioto Downs and 50 years as presiding judge at the Delaware, Ohio County Fair.

He had been honored last week by the National Sheriffs' Association at their annual convention in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. He received an award as the longest serving deputy sheriff and police officer in the United States. Mr. Steele, who served 55 years as a deputy sheriff in Franklin County Ohio, was presented with his award by David Goad, president of the National Sheriffs' Association. Franklin County Sheriff Jim Karnes helped in promoting Steele’s selection. The Sheriffs' Association conducted a nationwide research to determine that Mr. Steele does hold the record.

Mr. Steele is survived by his wife, Peggy and son, Dennis.

No funeral arrangements have been made.(Tom White)

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