Tyler Federal Judge William Steger Dies at 85

Fellow judges, family, and friends are remembering U.S. District Judge William Steger who passed away Sunday night at a Tyler hospital.

He was appointed in 1970 by President Nixon and ran for governor as a Republican in 1960.  Steger also was chairman of the Texas Republican Party.

Judge Steger served 35 years on the federal bench, most recently in senior active status as U.S. Judge for the Eastern District of Texas.  He was also a World War II veteran pilot.

Judge Steger was 85 years old and had been in ill health for the past several months.   A public memorial service is set for 3 p.m. Wednesday at the worship center at Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler.  A private burial service will occur before the memorial.

More from friends and colleagues of Judge Steger tonight on KLTV 7 News.