Benjamin Roy Steed
An Honorable Man, Loved"
Roy Steed was born August 23, 1962, to Arthur and Mary Steed in
Downey, California. He attended school in the Los Angeles area
and graduated from Lakewood High School. Ben attended Cerrito
Ben then became a quality engineer where he excelled
working at Centri-Lift and Hughes in Huntington Beach.
Later he moved to Modesto where he married his
first wife and had three children, Thomas, Carol and Shaun. He
became a product engineer and worked for Racor, a division of
Parker Filtration. He was a member of the American Society for
All his life, Ben had expressed his interest in
space exploration, and anything to do with space. He read science
fiction and joined the Stanislaus Amateur Astronomer Club where
he served as the newsletter editor.
Ben had always wanted to journey into space. He
joined a local Star Trek fan club and there he met his soulmate,
Sue, who shared his interests. Ben and Sue later married.
Ben was a good man, an honorable man. He loved
life and embraced it with gusto. He played cards and laughed heartily
at a good joke. He always said, "If you can't laugh at life
and yourself, what's the point?"
Ben believed in living every day to its fullest.
And he believed that mankind's future was in the stars. Before
he passed away on August 16, 1999, only a few days before his
37th birthday, he chose to have his ashes flown at last to that
In addition to his wife, parents, and children,
Ben is survived by his stepsons John, Steve and Billy, stepdaughter
Angie, and sisters, Anita and Rachel, all who wish him bon voyage.