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Roy S. Steeley, 93

APRIL 6, 1919-MARCH 16, 2013

March 19, 2013
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Roy Stuart Steeley, 93, of Charles Town, W.Va., died peacefully Saturday, March 16, 2013, at his home after a brief illness.

A longtime resident of Charles Town, and formerly of Leesburg, Va., Mr. Steeley was born April 6, 1919, in Manhattan, N.Y. He was the son of the late Leroy and Helen Stuart Steeley.

Mr. Steeley grew up in New York and completed studies at the Pratt Institute following his education in engineering. He was a veteran of the vending machine manufacturing trade, and considered by many as an "industry legend," serving the industry for almost 60 years. He began his career in the vending industry working for Victor Products in Hagerstown, Md., before becoming president of Dixie-Narco in Ranson, W.Va. Also known as an industry innovator, he then, at age 67, retired from Dixie-Narco and founded Royal Vendors in Kearneysville, W.Va., where he served as president for 10 years. In 1996, he sold Royal Vendors and founded a new manufacturing enterprise, Automated Merchandising System, which manufactures vending machines for a variety of items from soft drinks to tools. Operations are located in Kearneysville and Guadalajara, Mexico, where he remained as CEO until his passing.

As a younger man, Mr. Steeley served the community in many capacities, including positions on the boards of the Animal Welfare Society and Blakeley Bank. He was also an instrument rated pilot and enjoyed playing tennis.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Gwen Scott Steeley, M.D.; his sister, Arlene Steeley Westerfield of St. Louis, Mo.; four grandchildren, Kevin Steeley, Brian Steeley and Colleen Happy, all of Charles Town, and Adam Potter of Boulder, Colo.; and nine great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Richard Thomas Steeley; one son, Lee R. Steeley; and one daughter, Dolores S. Steeley.

A memorial service will be Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Covenant Church, 7485 Shepherdstown Pike, Shepherdstown, W.Va.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 122 Waverly Court, Martinsburg, WV, 25403.

Arrangements are by Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, Charles Town.

Condolences to the family may be expressed at his obituary at

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