Welton G. Stein
Welton G. Stein SUGARCREEK: Welton G. Stein, 94, of Sugarcreek died Sunday, October 16 at the Tuscarawas County Hospice House following a period of declining health. He was born November 12, 1921 in Bucks Township to William and Matilda (Regula) Stein. The oldest of four sons, Stein graduated from Fresno High School. Following high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served in combat as the Skipper of a Landing Craft in the Pacific Theater from 1942 to 1946 with the Amphibious Engineers. When he returned home, he married the former Cathleen Burd, with whom he had corresponded at the suggestion of his brother during the war. They were married for 69 years, and Cathleen survives. Stein earned his bachelor's degree at Heidelberg College and taught at York Schools for six years. He and his young family moved to Sugarcreek in 1955 when Welton started a job at the Belden Brick Company. Several years later he became a 7th grade science teacher for Garaway Schools. Stein retired from teaching in 1987. Welton lived his faith and was a longtime member of the Sugarcreek First United Church of Christ. His love of the Lord led him to train as a lay minister and serve as pastor of the New Bedford Zion United Church of Christ for 26 years. Upon his retirement from Zion Church he served as the Minister of Visitation at Sugarcreek First UCC as well as a supply pastor for many churches in the area. As Minister of Visitation he visited the sick and elderly delivering hope, prayer, and good conversation. For 12 years, Welton served as a member of Sugarcreek Council. He was also on the Board of Directors for the Alpine Hills Historical Museum and the Rainbow of Hope. He was an active member of the Garaway Lions Club since March 12, 1957, held many offices over the years and was honored with the Melvin Jones Award for his work. He is a member of the Homer Weiss Post of the American Legion where he served as chaplain. Welton delighted in sharing the story of our veterans to countless elementary students and at many Memorial Day ceremonies. In his spare time, Stein enjoyed being a Ham Radio operator and organizing army and family reunions. His love of genealogy and history led him to write many books for his family and the surrounding community. In November of 2009, Welton was named the Honorary Candlelighter for the Christmas in the Village celebration. He was introduced as a "selfless giver, a man of character and substance and someone who believes in the greater good." In addition to his parents, Stein was preceded in death by his brother Russell. He is survived by his wife Cathleen of Walnut Creek and five children—Barbara Mast Paisley (Mike) of Zanesville, David (Brian West) of Sugarcreek, Nancy Feuerriegel (Ray) of Australia, Richard (Marisa) of Baltic and Marsha (Jeff) Baab of Sugarcreek; grandchildren Christopher Troyer (Sky) of California, Chad Mast (Cathy) of Pickerington, Melissa Mcrae (Ben) of Colorado, Matthew Baab (Amy) of Bolivar, Kate Feuerriegel of New York NY, Marnie Feuerrigel of Berlin Germany and Clancy Feuerrigel of Australia, Seven great grandchildren and 2 brothers Elmer (Thresea, deceased) Stein of New Philadelphia and Dale (Raimilene) Stein of Sugarcreek. Friends and family are invited to call at the Smith Funeral Home in Sugarcreek on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 4 to 7 PM where Masonic Lodge Service at 7:00 PM. Services for Welton will be held at the Sugarcreek First United Church of Christ on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Sharon Nichols presiding. Interment will follow at Renner's Cemetery in Fresno where Military Honors will be conducted by the Sugarcreek American Legion Post 494. In Lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial gifts be made to Sugarcreek First United Church of Christ or Tuscarawas County Hospice House.
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