Michael J. Stein, 66

Michael J. Stein of the town of Trenton died on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, at the Clement J. Zablocki V.A. Medical Center in Milwaukee at the age of 66 years.

He was born on April 13, 1943, and in 1947 was adopted by Louis and Norma (nee Nass) Stein.

As a boy, Mike became involved with the Boy Scouts, starting as a Cub Scout and in 1956 earned Eagle Scout badge. He also achieved the rank of Brotherhood in the Order of the Arrow. In addition to serving as a scoutmaster, he was active in other positions.

Mike attended school in Milwaukee, graduating from Custer High School with the Class of 1961, and in 1963 he received an associate degree from Milwaukee Area Technical College in electronics.

From 1963 to 1971, he served with the United States Navy, concluding with the rank of Petty Officer First Class. His major stations were Okinawa, Japan, southern Italy and the state of Maine.

Following his discharge, he returned to Milwaukee and worked at Louis Allis (Magnatech) in New Berlin. Since 1973, he has been employed with Allen-Bradley/Rockwell Automation.

Since 1975, he has resided full-time at Wallace Lake where family built a summer cottage in 1938.

Mike had a big and generous heart, and was very active and passionate about missionary work. The mission trips gave him the opportunity to travel to many different locations throughout the world including Russia, Japan, Austrailia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Senegal and Guatemala, to name a few.

He will be remembered as being kind to all humanity, especially to those in need of a helping hand.

Survivors include his wife Natasha; his Godmother Alica Kahlbach, other relatives and many friends, including a dear family friend Vera, his co-workers at Rockwell Automation and the children he met through his mission and ministry work.

Memorial services in celebration of Mike’s life will be held on Friday, Dec. 11, at 1 p.m. at the Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend.

There will be a brief reception following the services.

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