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Obituary for Frederick Paul Steed

Frederick Paul Steed, age 72, of Portland, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Thursday, May 2, 2019. He was born on August 14, 1946 in Grand Rapids the son of Frederick and Pauline (Lenning) Steed. Fred was a member of St. Patrick Church, Knights of Columbus #2168, and the V.F.W. Post #4090. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Vietnam War (1965-1973) and then the National Guard (1974-1986) retiring as a Major. He served on the Portland Police Department (1975-1977), and the Ionia Co. Sheriff Department (1977-2003) serving as the Undersheriff and the Jail Administrator along the way. He loved the outdoors and photographing wildlife. Fred was a Boy Scout leader, involved with prison ministry and a founding member of the Pheasants Forever Portland Chapter. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sandra Sue Steed in 2000; brother, Ralph (Sandee) Steed; and son-in-law, David Cogdill. Surviving are his wife, Sandy (Thelen) Steed; children, James (Brytten) Steed of Missoula, MT, Christina (Michael) O'Brien of Moline, IL, Stacie (Joe) Castillo of Ionia and Corey (Amanda) Coyne of Fowlerville; grandchildren, Izick and Ethan Castillo, Patrick O'Brien, and Raelynn Coyne; brother, Gerald (Carol) Steed of Comstock Park. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 6, 2019 at St. Patrick with Rev. Larry King presiding. Rite of Committal will follow lunch at Floral View Memorial Gardens, Grandville. Military graveside honors will be provided by the V.F.W. Post #4090. The family will receive friends 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., Sunday, May 5, 2019 at the Lehman Funeral Home, 210 E. Bridge St., Portland. The rosary will be prayed at 3:30 p.m and a Vigil Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Patrick Church or the V.F.W. Post # 4090 in memory of Fred. Online condolences may be made at

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