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10/19/2020 3:22:00 PM
Lewis Ownbey Steelman
September 5, 1933 - September 28, 2020

HICKORY, N.C. - Lewis Ownbey Steelman, 87, of Hickory passed away on Monday, September 28, 2020, at Abernethy Laurels in Newton.

He was born September 5, 1933 in Catawba County to the late John Avery Steelman and Lela Lael Steelman. Lewis was a United States Navy veteran, serving in the Korean War, and retired from Norfolk Southern Railway after 38 years of service. He was an avid reader.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 64 years Edith Cody Steelman of the home; sons Steven Steelman and wife Ann of Summerville, S.C., Bryan Steelman and wife Jennifer of Conover; sisters Betty Bostain of Icard, Linda Steelman of Conover; grandchildren Melissa Baker, Sara Dement, Victoria Sly, Alexandra Franks, and Nicolette Steelman; great-grandchildren Luke Baker, Eli Baker, Peyton Dement, Karley Dement, and Max Sly; special nephew and family Jason Cook and wife Beth and children, Stefani and Randall.

A graveside service for family and close friends with military honors by Amvets Post 76-Hickory to celebrate Lewis’s life will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. at Conover City cemetery in Conover. Pastor Kevin Bibbee will officiate.

Condolences may be sent to the Steelman family at

Bennett Funeral Service of Newton, N.C. is serving the Steelman family.

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