William Wallace and Marie Steeples

William Wallace (Wally) Steeples was born 03 February 1904 in Zurich, Kansas.  Wally married Vera Marie Kobler on 12/24/1926. He died 29 July 1966 in Hill City, KS.  Marie Kobler was born in Penokee, KS on 17 Aug 1906.  Marie Kobler Steeples died January 10, 2002 in Hays, KS.  Wallace and Marie Steeples are buried in Pleasant View Cemetery, Palco, KS.

Wallace and Marie Steeples had the following children:

  • Jean Marie Steeples
  • Joanne (Jo) Evelyn Steeples
  • Lois Ellen Steeples
  • Don Wallace Steeples
  • David James Steeples


Edith, Wallace, Chester Steeples - about 1907

Edith, Wallace, Chester Steeples abt 1907

Wallace as Senior in High School

Wallace as Senior in High School

Newlyweds 1926

Newlyweds 1926

Wallace 1960s

Wallace 1960s

Wallace, Marie & Jean Steeples about 1928

Wallace, Marie & Jean Steeples about 1928

Additional photos of Wallace and Marie Steeples family are posted on the Kobler Ancestors website and on Bob and Lois Settles website.

Public Life

In his later years, Wallace was active in the Republican party.  He was a Kansas State Representative for two years and also served as the campaign manager for Bob Dole during Dole’s early years as a politician.  At a book signing by Bob Dole many years later, Wallace’s granddaughter introduced herself as such to Dole, who then stated enthusiastically “Wally taught me everything I know”.   Quite a compliment coming from the former U.S. Senate Majority Leader and Presidential candidate.



William Wallace Steeples, the son of D. J. and Myrtle Steeples, was born February 3, 1904 at Zurich, Kansas.  He died July 29, 1966 at Hill City, Kansas, at the age of 62 years.  He served as Superintendent of Schools at Holton, Delia, Hill City, and Palco, Kansas, and was County Superintendent of Public Instruction of Jackson County.

He served as State Representative from Rooks County from 1962 to 1964. He was a member of the Hill City Presbyterian Church and was active in the Palco Methodist Church. He was a member of the Paradise Lodge, No. 290, AF and AM, Plainville; the Consistory Isis Shrine, Salina; BPOE, Hill City.  Steeples is survived by his wife, Marie (Kobler); three daughters, Mrs. Boyd (Jean) Webb, Oklahoma City; Mrs. Glen (Joann) Haslett, Arkansas City; Mrs. Robert (Lois) Settles, Athens, Georgia; two sons, Donald and David, of the home; two brothers, Chester, Plainville; and Wayne, Burbank, Calif.; five sisters, Mrs. Edith Whisman, Palco; Mrs. Alveda Newman, San Bernadino, Calif.; Mrs. Mildred Ross, Lincoln; Mrs. Olive Herron, Scott City; and Mrs. Freda Lowry, Hayward, Calif.; and six grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at the Palco United Methodist Church and burial in the Pleasant View Cemetery, Palco.


We want to thank all our friends and relatives for their prayers, assistance, and many kindnesses, following the passing of our beloved husband and father, W’ W. Steeples.

The family of W. W. Steeples

(The above article was printed in The Hill City Times for Thursday, August 4, 1966)

One Response to William Wallace and Marie Steeples

  1. Lois settles says:

    Thanks, Mike. Well done. I notice the obituary does not mention he was a farmer in Palco, Ks. for eighteen years.

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