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Mr. Steve Abel, age 70, of Union Mills, North Carolina, passed away on Saturday, February 06, 2021 at Mission Hospital-McDowell in Marion, North Carolina. The son of the late Carlton and Elizabeth Farrington Abel, he was born in Troy, New York on June 30, 1950.
A member of Story Memorial Presbyterian Church in Marion, Steve worked as a Registered Radiologic Technologist at McDowell Hospital for some years and retired from Rutherford Regional Hospital. He enjoyed camping and traveling from coast to coast with his family. Steve was a veteran of the United States Navy.
Mr. Abel is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Evangeline Abel; two sons, Regan Abel and Benjamin Abel; three grandchildren, Nikolai Abel, Kyndal Sheree Abel and Kacyn Gunner Abel; three sisters, Celia Abel, Barbara Abel Ritter and Marjorie Abel; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Beam Funeral Service in Marion with Rev. Ed Olson officiating. Military honors will be provided by the United States Navy. The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., prior to the service, at the funeral home.
Interment will be held on Friday, February 12, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain, North Carolina.
A candle was lit in memory of Steve Abel
Kathy Thornton Feb 10 2021 12:00 AM
Summers in the Hudson, Saturdays at Barbie Bank's house, 'cause she had a TV and we didn't yet. Since he was 9 years younger, I really was a big sister/mother to him, and I made him mind me! Getting him out of the Hudson River took a threat of leaving him there. We would take my bike there together, and I would tell him, "Get on, or find your own ride home!" Eventually, he always came with me. That's how we rolled.
He was my little brother, and I had such pride that he served in the Navy on a Nuclear Submarine. He was exceptionally smart, and always good for a laugh. From the beginning, Steve was threatened with illness that he was able to survive. He was a strong and stubborn soul, a huge personality, and I love him very much. I will miss him everyday.
Barb Abel Ritter Feb 10 2021 12:00 AM
Runcle Steve was the kind of Uncle EVERY kid wants. He was on the kid level. He would buy you bubble gum ice cream. He would drive circles, fast, in the field in his truck. He would take the corners as fast as possible in his Corvair. He would let you drink his beer. He would take you everywhere my parent's wouldn't. He would do anything to make you squeal with glee, and I did all the time when he would visit us. He was a kid in adult clothing.
And, oh, that laugh, the infectious laugh. It never stopped. He'd laugh, so you'd laugh, then everybody would laugh. He was a ton of fun, and he made my childhood a blast. I'll miss ya Runcle Steve.
The photo is from 2011, Asheville, NC, the last time I saw my Runcle Steve.
Susan Ritter Feb 10 2021 12:00 AM
Eternal rest grant unto Steve, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May the souls
of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Sending healing prayers to the family.
Glenda and Nickolas Quade Feb 10 2021 12:00 AM
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