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.
Also surviving are one sister, Joan Lucille Rodenberg of Black River Falls, Wis. and a host of nieces and nephews.
A celebration honoring the life of Dr. Orville John Stein will be held Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Victory Christian Fellowship, 1156 Oak Hill Road, Somerset, Ky., 42503 with Deacon, Dr. G.A. Weigel
The family will receive friends at Victory Christian Fellowship on Friday, May 17 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday, May 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Victory Christian Fellowship. Military Honors will be conducted by American Legion Post #38.
Pall Bearers are Tom Parrish, Eric Engebretson, Fred Stein, Mike Stein, Robert Parrish, Craig Rodenberg, Jay Jernigan, Bob Taylor and Michael Peterson. Honorary Pall Bearers are Lynn Roback, Ed Swan, David Peterson, Sheryl Polk, Dr. James Crase, MD, and Dr. Michael Thomas, M.D.
The family has requested that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to the Orville John Stein, M.D. Memorial Fund c/o First Southern National Bank, 15 N. Highway 27 Somerset, Ky., 42503.
Somerset Undertaking Company and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the Stein family