Lonnie W. Stein

May 11, 2018
Stein, Lonnie newspaper


In lieu of a service, lift your glass with friends in memory of Lonnie next time you are together. Family inurnment will be in Garden of Memories Cemetery, Waterloo



Garden of Memories Cemetery, Waterloo, Iowa


may be made to Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids or Camp Courageous


Lonnie W. Stein, 69, of Tripoli, and formerly of Keystone, Cedar Rapids and Swisher, Iowa, died his home in Tripoli Friday, May 11, 2018, of cancer.


Lonnie was born June 19, 1948, in Keystone, Iowa, son of Wilbert H and Jeanne Deppe Stein.  He graduated from Benton Community High School in 1966.  Lonnie had farmed since high school on the family farm, had worked as a painter and inspector at FMC, and in Information Technology at IBM and St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids.   


He married N. Diane Crandall in 1966 and they later divorced.  He married Jane Tragord August 28, 2010 in Waverly.  He was past president of Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids and a member of the Swisher Men’s Club.  Lonnie enjoyed the out doors and being in nature whether planting trees or hunting.  He was a patient person, a modern renaissance man.  He valued his friends and loved his family.


Survivors include: his wife Jane of Tripoli;  daughter DeaJo Stein of Cedar Rapids; son Corey (Linda) Stein of Columbia, TN; two stepdaughters: Carrie (Danny) Goldberg of St Paul, MN and Sarah (Emmett) Berry of Denver, IA; twelve grandchildren: Cameron Bantz, Jeremy and Benjamin Aldrich, Kevin and Dennis Hackl, Carlie and Hailey Knoll, Evan and Mariam Berry, Elliot and Amelia Flack, and Duncan Goldberg; mother Jeanne Stein of Keystone; sister Sandra (Ron) Stechcon of Milwaukee.  He was preceded in death by his father.



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  1. Carolyn You g | May 15, 2018

    The “Tuesday Movie Ladies” raised their glasses today to toast to a very dear friend  Our

    hearts are broken that we loss our friend and especially for Jane and their family that he

    left behind.

    Lonnie was devoted to Jane and loved the life they shared.  His mild manner and humble

    way was what I loved most about him.  He cared for so many people in such a special way, 

    ..........his way.  He brought people together and brought out the best in each and every

    person he met.  So many memories my will forever be missed

  2. Hal Traver | May 15, 2018
    I worked with Lonnie back in the mid-80s at IBM. I have such fond memories of Lonnie. He was on my team, a great manager, a wonderful person. I'll never forget his smile. So sad he passed so young. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends. I know he will be greatly missed.
  3. John Myers | May 14, 2018

    We appreciate Lonnie's tenured devotion to Indian Creek Nature Center.

    May you find peace in nature at this time.

    Indian Creek Nature Center Staff & Board

  4. Bob and Colleen (Selken)Schulte | May 13, 2018

    Our deepest sympathy to Jeanne, Jane, and Sandy and all their families. Even though we didn't see each much after we grew up, I still have great memories of all the fun we had in our visits as kids, playing ball, hide and seek, riding horses, and so many other fun things. Lonnie is at peace now and may God bless his family at this time and always .Our thoughts are with you all now and always.   

    Bob and Colleen Schulte

  5. Harlan and Dorothy Selken | May 13, 2018
    We are so sorry for your loss . May God  bless and keep you all.
  6. Patricia & Chuck Chalupsky Littrell | May 12, 2018
    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Lonnie he was a very kind and caring Man.  I respected him, looked up to him and cherished our friendship.  We have many fond memories of Lonnie with friends out at his farm in Swisher, and at Melsha's Tap, and forever memories  at the Swisher Farm Supply Feed Store.  I will miss this gentle soul who could always make me smile and laugh.  May you rest in PEACE my friend.  Love Chicken Feeds Chuck and Patty! 
  7. JJ Morrow | May 12, 2018

    I did not know Lonnie had been sick.  My concolences to all of his family.  Lonnie was a fine man who always had a great smile and a uplifting attitude.  It was my pleasure to work with him at IBM.  He was just a wonderful guy!  Peace to you, Lonnie.  You will be missed.

    JJ Morrow

  8. Lois & Larry Klatt | May 12, 2018

    Our deepest sympathy to all of you.  Sandra & I have been friends for years and I have known Jean since I

    was a little girl.  So of course I knew Lonnie too.  It has been some time since we have seen him.  I guess it was Jean's birthday party.

    May God give you comfort in the days a head.

    Lois & Larry Klatt

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