Daniel Joseph Stechschulte, Sr., MD

Daniel J. Stechschulte, Sr., consummate husband, father, and physician died July 14, 2011, aged 74.  His six children, Daniel Jr., Susan, Stephen, Mary, Ann, and Edward, will remember him for his pragmatism, smile, and unswerving love.  He intoned them to, “Make a decision and move on.  Don’t look back.”  He lived and died in that manner.His colleagues from St. Louis University Medical School where he graduated in 1962, at Harvard Medical School where he was a fellow and faculty member for seven years, and at the University of Kansas School of Medicine where he was a Professor for 38 years, will remember his dedication, his dependability, his integrity, and his expertise.  His patients will remember a man committed to their well being.

His dear wife, Helen, will remember a devoted husband, a perfect father, and her best friend for over 50 years. 

Daniel was born in a farmhouse without running water outside Kalida, Ohio on August 20, 1936. He worked on the family farm through high school and dreamed of pitching in the major leagues.  Pragmatically, he accepted the University of Dayton’s offer to play basketball and baseball with the stipulation that he could major in chemistry and hopefully attend medical school.  That decision reflected his foresight, that science not athletics would be the foundation of his professional life.  For him it was the most worthy goal, to make science and objective analysis a path that would lead to understanding and healing.

He was never dogmatic with his family or students unless to emphasize that hard work and intense thought were necessary for great achievement.  For him, that goal was furthering the fields of allergy, immunology, and rheumatology.  He valued personal growth as much as professional success, the latter only valid if one’s family flourished in the process. 

He remained a devoted member of Cure of Ars Church, first as an original member of the Family Mass Program in 1973 and later as a Eucharistic minister until his disease, metastatic carcinoid tumor, physically overwhelmed him.  True to form, he grappled with his illness until the end. 

His ability to give was boundless.  He was always there for his patients, his students, his colleagues, and especially his wife and his family.  Dan will live on in his children and eighteen grandchildren.

The strife of our world would be lessened if we could emulate his selflessness, his joyfulness, and his humility.  He tamped down ego, jealousy, and vanity to build a sanctuary and community for his family, friends, colleagues, and patients.  From those who knew him, his family asks that they honor him by living a productive, unprejudiced life, free of malice, full of love.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at Cure of Ars Catholic Church at 9401 Mission Road, Leawood, Kansas on Saturday, August 20 at 11am with visitation from 9am to 10:45am at the church.  In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Sister Servants of Mary in Kansas City, Kansas, the Vianney Fund for the Poor at Cure of Ars, and to Harvesters. 

32 Comments

  1. Ann Hoffman Harty Yingling on November 3, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Dear Helen, I am a cousin of Dan’s. Ruth just told me of Dan’s death when she contacted me at the death of my husband, Ron Yingling of carcinoid ca. I am so sorry for all the suffering you & Dan have gone thru. Dan was such a kind person to me as the city girl, who knew nothing of farm life as a kid. Please accept my sincere sympathy. Ann

  2. Deborah on September 12, 2011 at 11:56 am

    What a pleasure it was to have had an opportunity know Dr. Stechschulte. Truly a person who made the world around him a better place. A place that will miss his presence for days, months, and years to come. May God’s peace and comfort be with his family.

  3. Diane Higdon on August 25, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    To Dr. Stechschulte’s family: Three years ago I was diagnosed with a very rare disease. Dr. Stechschulte was one of the nicest Doctors I have ever had the joy to know. I felt as though he really cared whether I beat this disease. He was always so uplifting even when I would tend to get down a bit. I can’t even imagine how much he is going to be missed by his family as he made everyone feel like family. I was just told of his death when I called in to KU, and I am in shock. I will miss him, his knowledge of my disease, and his ability to take care of whatever my body decided to throw my way. My sincere condolences go out to Dr. Stechschulte’s wife, children, and Grandchildren. He truely was a great man, and a fantastic Doctor.

  4. Ed and Barbara Brown family on August 22, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    We want to express our deepest sympathy to the family of Dr. Daniel
    Stechschulte. We have had the pleasure of knowing Dr. Dan and his
    family for many years. Your entire family reflects how truly successful
    he was in life. You are a wonderful living tribute to him.

    Dr. Dan led me through my arthritis treatment by keeping me smiling and
    believing things will continue to improve. And I did improve so much,
    thanks to his great skill and spirit. We will miss him greatly.

  5. Reggie Perez on August 20, 2011 at 6:10 am

    A special person is one who is remembered despite proximity or passage of time. Dr. Stechschulte was such a person who embodied compassion, academia, selflessness, and forward thinking. As a fellow, I had the honor of working under his instruction and guidance for two years. I not only grew as a physician, but also as a man and father. Even now as a practicing allergist/immunologist in Houston, the lessons he taught me are used daily. As I prepare to depart on my flight to KC to attend his memorial, my thoughts are with him and his family. I look forward to sharing his life with family and friends, and remember how he lived and will continue to live in our memories.

    In God’s grace,
    Reggie Perez

  6. Fred and JoAnn Reckling on August 19, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Dan Stechschulte was the quintessential physician-scientist. He had a modest demeanor and was tremendously well-respected and liked by all of his colleagues and students.
    With deepest sympathy. Fred & JoAnn, Fort Collins, CO

  7. kent devault on August 19, 2011 at 11:57 am

    To family and friends of Dr. Dan Stechschulte Sr. The doctor treated me for a condition known as common variable immune defeciency. At the time he started treatment, I was in and out of hospital every month with severe problems, in and out of icu units etc. his expertise helped me to live a reasonably healthy life and extend my carrer as a police officer. I am now retired and with the Va for medical treatment, but they continue with the same type of treatment that was recommended by Dan sr. He was extremely skillful and worked very hard for everyone. His son, Dan Jr. also did rotator cuff surgery a few years ago on me. I have incredible respect for this entire family. I want you to know that without Dr. Dans help, I probably would not be here right now. I am now retired and in decent health. I owe a great deal to Dr. Dan. He will be sorely missed in the medical field but fortunately his ability to teach will live on in future doctors. I am very proud to say that I feel i had the best care of any doctor I know when under his care. I wish all of you the very best. Kent Devault

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