Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Howard Dean Von Stein

Howard Dean Von Stein, age 82, of Tiro, died Thursday, September 19, 2013 at The Willows at Willard.

He was born June 25, 1931 in Orange Township, Hancock County, Ohio the son of the late Albert Edward and Estella Adella (Wilch) Von Stein. Howard was a graduate of Sycamore High School and a veteran of the Korean War serving in the United States Coast Guard. A farmer his entire life, Howard’s live revolved around farming, family and church. He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Shelby where he served on the church council and sang in the choir. He served on the Board of Directors of Country Star, was a member of the Buckeye Central School Board , American Soybean Association Committee, Farm Bureau, New Washington Legion, Galion Moose Lodge and sold real estate for Fred Barr Realty in Galion.

Howard is survived by his children: Ron (Ruth) Von Stein of Shelby, Edward Von Stein of Tiro, Eric (Jodie) Von Stein of New Washington, Patricia (Geoff) Holland of West Palm Beach, FL;

His grandchildren: Toby, Roy, Ceceia, Dawson, Abbie, and Emily Von Stein, Grace and Claire Holland; a sister: Ruth (Frank) McClain of Sycamore; 2 Sister-in-laws: Gladys Von Stein of Nevada and Joyce Von Stein of Shiloh; 2 brother-in-laws: John Freed of Jenera and LaVerne Freed of Forest. He was preceded in death by his wife: Emma Marie Von Stein in 2009; a son: Gregory Von Stein; and brothers: Raymond and Gerald Von Stein.

Viewing will be on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 from 10-11 AM at First Lutheran Church, 33 Broadway, Shelby where funeral services will be held at 11 AM with Pastor Russel Yoak officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in Shelby with military honors conducted by Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail. The family will greet guests at the luncheon following the services at the graveside. Memorial expressions may be made to First Lutheran Church.

Care given by Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby.

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Memories & Condolence

  1. Charles and Patricia Jackson says:

    We only had the pleasure of knowing Howard a few short years. Once in awhile he would join our monthly dinners with friends and some farmers. We discussed many things and always had lots of laughs. He also visited our farm a few times which we enjoyed because of his knowledge of farming. We are sorry for your loss and we will truly miss him. Lucky and Pat

  2. DonandNormaWilson says:

    May God be your strength and help in this time of sorrow and loss. He was a good friend.

  3. Randy Scarbro says:

    Ed and Eric and Familys,

    Please accept my deepest sympathy. I am thinking of you during this difficult time.


    Randy Scarbro

  4. Mark Ebbeskotte says:

    Prayers to Howard’s entire family as you mourn his passing. I didn’t get to see Howard too much the last 20 years but remember him fondly from days gone by. May God grant you peace in knowing that he is reunited with Emma and Greg and that they are all watching over you. God bless you all. Mark E.

  5. Scott Sheaffer says:

    So sad to hear of Howard’s passing. He was always fun in church choir. Please accept my sincere condolences at this tough time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  6. Keith and Linda Adams says:

    Linda and I send our condolences and prayers.

  7. Madelyn (Gay) Laughbaum says:

    To the Vonstein Family,
    I want to Extend My Deepest Sympathy on the loss of Your Dad, Howard.
    Ive known your Dad for along time. You are in my prayers.

  8. Doris Berdanier says:

    To family, especially Patricia, and Ron’s family whom I knew well, but to all my deepest sympathy . Howard was a good Christian model for me and many others. I enjoyed my years singing in the choir with him, it was also a joy to greet him and your Mother, usually in the church pew behind me. May you know your loss is shared by many of your church family. God Bless and comfort you with the blessings of very loving parents. Your sister in Christ. Doris Berdanier

  9. Ann Cooper says:

    Ron & Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I too have lost my mom and dad so I do know what you are going through. May God be your strength during this difficulty time. Blessings on you all. Ann Cooper

  10. Ron and Jeanette Brown says:

    To Howard’s family
    We extend our sympathy in the death of your dad. Ron always enjoyed Howard at the tavern when they gathered for their morning coffee. I know he will be missed by the guys.

  11. Brenda (Von stein) koehler says:

    Sending lots of hugs And love to all of you….many fond memories of our families together growing up! May G od surround you with His loving arms!

  12. Gaylee Korbas says:

    To The VonStein Family,

    We send our sympathy and prayers.

    Gaylee Korbas and Family

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