Orrey Louis Stein passed away Sunday, May 6, 2012, at Perry County Memorial Hospital in Tell City.
He was born in Spencer County, Dec. 4, 1921, to the late John and Ida (Huebaschman) Stein. Orrey was preceded in death by three sisters, Dorothy Kirsch, Mabel Evrard and Gertrude Braun.
He was married for 70 blessed years to Erma Jean Stein, who currently resides at Golden Living Center – Lincoln Hills in Tell City. Orrey and Erma Jean were married Feb. 14, 1942, and made their home on a farm between Evanston and New Boston before moving to Tell City in 1990. He and Jean celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this past Valentine’s Day.
Orrey farmed and worked for Mulzer Brothers and later ALCOA for most of his career. He had a passion for thoroughbred racing and bred many winning horses, including “RB Schafkopf,” “Hurrien Hoosier” and “Toasted Peach.” He also was an avid Schafkopf and euchre card player and very hard to beat.
He enjoyed his family, friends and neighbors and was actively involved in the community as well as St. John’s Lutheran Church, where he frequently served as an officer. He was also instrumental in founding Sonshine Early Learning Preschool at St. John’s.
He will be missed by his family, friends and members of St. John’s.
He is survived by his wife, Erma Stein; one daughter, LaDonna Stein-Klass of Rockport; a son, Gary (Janna) Stein of Santa Rosa, Calif.; his brother, Omer (Leola) Stein of Santa Claus; a sister, Verlee Farthing of Evansville; four grandchildren, Jeremy Klass of Las Cruces, N.M., Jeffrey Stein of San Diego, Calif., Haley Stein of Tempe, Ariz., and Nicholas Stein of Santa Rosa and one great-grandson, Dean Klass of Las Cruces.
A funeral service followed by a celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. May 20 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Evanston.
Memorial contributions may be made to Sonshine Learning Center or the building fund at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 12308 E. County Road 1160 N., Evanston, IN 47531.