Vernon Wilson “Chubby” Steed, Jr.

Vernon Wilson “Chubby” Steed, Jr., 80 passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 8, 2024 in his home surrounded by family. Chubby was a leap year baby, born on February 29, 1944 to Anna Margaret and Venon Steed. He was a graduate of Texas City High School class of 1962, and a graduate of College of the Mainland. He was a lifetime member of UA Local 211 Pipefitters, after the completion of his apprenticeship. He worked over 30 years in the construction of Texas City’s refineries. Once retired, Vernon served on the Galveston County Appraisal Review Board for 6 years.

After Chubby’s successful years in high school football with the Texas City Stingarees, he went on to play semi-pro football in Trinidad, Colorado before returning and settling down to start a family in Texas City.

He was active in politics throughout his life, he enjoyed a good debate. He was an advocate for the working man, for the underdog and believed everybody deserved a hand up. He loved good food, an occasional cigar, and never lost his humor or ability to tell the tallest tales and stories from his youth. He lived a rich and well loved life.

He enjoyed gardening, especially growing pecans and citrus. He was a sports fan-football, baseball, basketball, and hockey. He loved it all. His chickens and guineas were his passion along with his best snack buddy, Willie Nelson, the corgi.

Chubby was preceded in death by his parents, Anna Margaret Hutchins Steed and Vernon Wilson Steed, and mother, Willie Frank Steed. His brothers, Jerry Steed, Martin Painter, David Painter and his wife and his wife Brenda Sue Trusty Steed.

He is survived by his daughter, Audrey Stadler and husband Adam. Grandson, Dillon Stadler and wife Regina, three great-grandchildren, Brooklyn, Brayden and Brantley. Sister, Phyliss Hestilow, brothers, Richard Steed, Kerry Steed and Russell Steed; sisters Judy Decker, Marilyn “Jeanie” Perry, Mary Lynn Davenport, Linda Ginn and Penni Dauwalder and many nieces and nephews.

His twin nieces and their families provided a tremendous amount of love and support during his finals days and were such a comfort to him. Thank you Diedre and Oscar Osundwa, and Stephanie and Broderick White.

Caregivers, Betty Mullens and Vivian Allen were integral parts of Vernon’s care and appreciated by his family.

In his honor a visitation will be held Sunday, May 19, 2024 from 3:00 – 5:00pm at  Crowder Funeral Home, Dickinson, Texas


  1. I would like to send my Condolences to Audrey and all of the Steed Family on the lost of your Father, Brother, Uncle, Grandfather. Jerry and I were always treated with kindness and love, when we would visit with Chubby and Sue. Your family welcomed me and became my Texas Family as my own biological family resides in Wisconsin.

    Chubby lived a long life and was loved by his Family members. He leaves a void in the Steed family. I still have fond memories of my visits with Chubby and Sue. He will be greatly missed.

    Terry Losiewicz
    • Terry, Thanks for the kind words. Steed family was your family as well and always thought of you as such.

      Russ Steed
  2. My sincere condolences to all who knew and loved Chubby, My heart goes out to you all. Especially to Audrey and her family. I’m sorry I’m unable to attend the services.
    Rest in Peace, Chubby.
    Love, Penni Dauwalder

    Penni Dauwalder
  3. There’s no words to make things easy at times like this. With that being said, you’re exhausting love and kindness is a sign of his work. This will be handed down for many generations. Condolences to all of you family and friends.

    Rory Beall

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