Commonwealth Journal


May 13, 2013

Orville Stein

Orville John Stein, M.D., age 84, of Somerset, Ky., passed away on Tuesday, April 30, 2013.
Born on Oct. 27, 1928 in Black River Falls, Wis., he was the youngest son of the late George Frederick and Ida Johnson Stein. He married Sue Conkwright Stein on Aug. 1, 1959 in Winchester, Ky. Orville served his country as an officer in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He attended River Falls College and was a graduate of Georgetown College and the University Of Louisville School  Of Medicine Class of 1962. Dr. Stein was called to Somerset to practice medicine during the summer of 1964 and was one of the original physicians to establish the Family Practice Clinic. He was a member of the American Medical Association and the Kentucky Medical Association.
With a spiritual conviction and personal dedication to serve others, he was one of the founders of St. Luke’s Clinic in association with Christian Appalachian Project where he provided healthcare for over 30  years to those unable to afford medical care in the community. On a weekly basis, he visited the imprisoned where he served as the physician and chaplain to the Pulaski County Detention Center. He was a medical missionary to many countries including the Philippines, Mexico, St. Lucia and as recently as the last 2 years in India. He was Christian and loved the people in various churches of the community he attended. He was a member of St. Mildred Catholic Church and for over 25 years served St. Patrick´s Episcopal Church and mission churches in neighboring counties as a deacon.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Sue Conkwright Stein; son John Yantis Stein; brothers Orville Lamont Stein, George Frederick Stein, and Carroll Ivan Stein; and sisters Marselietta Inez Stein, Genevieve Ivadell Parrish, and Orpha LaVon Toxen.
He is survived by his children, Benjamin Lear Stein (Jody) of Somerset, Daniel George Stein of Somerset, Mark Ivan Stein (Sherri) of Chesapeake, Va., Orville John Stein, Jr. (Heather) of Bardstown, Ky., Mary Sue Tyson (Kenny Burton) of Somerset, and daughter-in-law Pamela Ann Stein of Lexington, Ky. Surviving grandchildren include Lauren Elizabeth, John Robert, Evan Alexander, Rebekah Joy, Nathanael James, Zachariah Conkwright, Johanna Marie, Joshua Lear, Paige Alexandra Tyson, Hannah Sue and Elijah John. 

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  • Viola Nichols

    Viola Keith Nicholas was born Sept. 5, 1921 to the late William and Alice Jones Keith and she departed this life to her eternal home on April 7, 2014, having attained the age of 92 years.
    She was a devoted wife to the late Wesley Nicholas for 50 years. She was a faithful member at Grave Hill Baptist Church where she taught the Ladies Sunday School class for many years. She retired from the Pulaski County Board of Education. After retirement she served as a foster grandparent at Oakwood Training Facility for special needs children. She also volunteered at the Burnside Elementary preschool program, giving her time, talents and love to the 3 and 4 year old children whom she adored.
    Viola is survived by two daughters, Diana (and Austin) Alton, and Tana (and Tom) Chesney; one son, Rex Nicholas; and three brothers, Robert (and Barbara) Keith, Danny (and Ann) Keith, and David (and Ellen) Keith.  
    She was also blessed with many grandchildren and all were special to her.
    Other than her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by two sons, Wayne Nicholas and Gale Nicholas; two grandsons, Ricky Alton and Michael Nicholas; a granddaughter, Karen Alton Cogdill; and the following siblings: Alicie Super, Emerine Neeley, Mattie Keith, Maggie Godsey, Bertha Duncan, Clara Helton, Otis Keith, Clora Hardwick, Vergie Keith, Grover Keith, Mertie Yeskie, Lowell Keith, Joyce Sellers, Bill Keith, and Jim Keith; and the following step-siblings: Murphy Owens, Geneva Hill, Louise Fritts, and Reva Jones.
    Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2014 at the chapel of the Pulaski Funeral Home with Bro. Darry Hatfield and Bro. Doyle Worley officiating.
    Burial will follow in the Grave Hill Cemetery.
    The family of Mrs. Viola Keith Nicholas will receive friends at the Pulaski Funeral Home from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 10, 2014.
    In lieu of flowers, the family requests expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to The Grave Hill Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 85, Tateville, Ky. 42558, or Hospice of Lake Cumberland, 100 Parkway Drive, Somerset, Ky. 42503.
    Pulaski Funeral Home is honored to be in charge of all arrangements for Mrs. Viola Keith Nicholas.

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