E. Michael Stein

E. Michael Stein, 63, Olathe, Kansas passed away in the loving presence of his family at February 6, 2012. Mike was an enthusiastic and engaging person who was a successful businessman and a loving and caring husband, father and grandparent. Born in Mt. Vernon, Illinois on May 8, 1948 to Ed and Viola Stein, Mike lived his early years in Columbia, Missouri, Denver, Colorado and Prairie Village, Kansas. He attended St. Ann’s Parochial, Rochhurst High School and then left for four years to attend Loyola University of Los Angeles where he excelled with Dean’s list honors and a degree in Psychology. He earned a Master’s Degree at Central Missouri University in 1975 in Counseling. While at Loyola he was an active member of Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity and lived on the beach in the fraternity house for three years. He was student body secretary his senior year and played on the Loyola golf team with home course at Los Angeles Country Club. During his life Mike had a deep love for the game of golf and played in numerous amateur events and played in Scotland, Ireland, and practically every state in the U.S.

Mike, with the loving help of his wife, Marcia, operated a successful financial planning firm for over 20 years after excelling in numerous insurance marketing management positions during the 1980’s. Prior to this activity he was employed as a counselor and juvenile parole officer for six years in Kansas City.

Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Marcia, son and daughter-in-law Jeremy and Stacy Stein and wonderful grandson Preston Stein. His surviving siblings include his brother Richard (Roberta) Stein of Colorado Springs, Colorado and sisters Barbara (Bruce) Eggert, Hinsdale, Illinois and Mary Kathryn (John) Shobe, Thornton, Colorado.

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm!”

Mike had a Celebration of Life party in July, 2011 where 300 friends came and shared in his love of life.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 am, Saturday, February 25, 2012 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 7231 Mission Rd., Prairie Village. The family suggests memorial contributions to Kansas City Hospice House, 12000 Wornall Road, Kansas City, Missouri  64145.

14 Comments

  1. Dan Rabin on March 16, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    First, I apologize for the belatedness of my positing.
    Mike was always a kind, thoughtful, enthusiastic, friendly and sincere person. I am certain that he will greatly missed by everyone who knew him. The world is a better place because of him.
    My prayers go out to you and your family.

  2. Deborah on February 24, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    My thoughts are with Mike’s family and his younger sister Mary, my friend and classmate.

  3. harvey oglesy on February 14, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    well I have tried to post 2 post now and keep getting rejected.. Jeremy you know the laughs..

  4. Rick Pribyl on February 14, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    I first met Mike in 5th grade as a rival competitor in CYO football, basketball, and track. He was this flashy, blond kid from St. Ann’s and I was this KCK kid from Christ the King. As it turns out, the two of us would clash on the field, court, or track three times a year, usually head to head. Whether it was Mike playing halfback, guard, or sprinter, we constantly paired off against each other with Mike’s team usually beating us badly.

    The one memory from 8th grade football that stays with me was that Mike barely made under the 125 lb. weight requirement to carry the ball. He was by far the biggest back in the league and my father swore that St. Ann’s was cheating letting him run with the ball. So, my father went with his 8MM camera to film Mike’s first two games. He returned home white as a sheet because he had witnessed Mike Stein score six touchdowns in one game. My father then showed the film over and over all season, still swearing that a kid that fast and tall could not weigh less than 125lbs. Soon he would be cheering for Mike at Rockhurst.

    After running in track against Mike in the spring, little did I know that the next time I would encounter him would be on the yellow bus that picked me up the first day of school at Rockhurst. This was the famous freshman bus that would start at 18th and Central in KCK at 6:00 AM, wind its way toward 31st and Southwest Trafficway and pick up Pat Tierney and Ed Heime. Then it would proceed to the Westport area and load some of the Guardian Angel freshmen including Jerry Hopkins and his gang. Eventually, that bus of 66ers that I had been on for almost two hours found its way to Prairie Village and stopped right in front of Mike Stein’s house. I could not believe my eyes as out came my parochial sports rival Hollywood Mike, still eating his toast, and strutting down the bus aisle joking with almost every kid on that bus. That first day he sat down across the aisle from me and leaned over and said something like, “Hey, Rick. I guess we are finally on the same team now.”

    A few weeks ago I visited Mike and found that same blond-haired kid a little more grayer now and commented to him that he was perhaps approaching his grade school weight of around 125 lbs. That started us down an hour trip down grade school/ high school memory lane. I sat back in amazement as Mike recounted every single football and basketball game that he ever played. He possessed an incredible memory dashed with a bit of Steinisms as he recounted the plays bit by bit. Eventually, he started to get a bit tired, and I promised to come back and visit him. As I began to walk out the door, the last words that he said to me were, “Hey, Rick. See if you can find those movies of me that your dad took of me playing football in 8th grade. I’d love to see them.” I smiled and nodded thinking that in a couple of weeks I would return and set up the ol’ 8MM projector and have a good time. Unfortunately, I waited too long. As always, Mike beat me to the Here After. Boy, could that guy run.

    Our prayers are with you.

    Rick Pribyl

  5. Bob LaPorte on February 12, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    I was introduced to Mike by Jim Day at Overland Park Golf Course many years ago. I don’t think we played two holes and I knew I was about to buy an insurance policy. I still think Jim was getting a finders fee. Mike was a great golfer and fun to play with.

    Mike will be missed not only for his golfing, his salesmanship, but more importantly his friendship.

    Go in Peace my Friend.

    God bless you and your family.

    Bob L.

  6. Dave Bertuglia on February 11, 2012 at 7:30 am

    I have know Mike for about 6-8 years, we played golf many times and was really a total nut. Always had a kind word, unless he was also playing with Jim Day, one of his very close friends. Then he would give Jim constant trouble…which will all did back and forth.

    Mike will be missed amoung all us Golfer friends. He came along to our lakehouse a few years back and had a great time, even got him in on a game of domino’s one evening… we were all laughing and telling stories on each other. It was great fun….

    Mike was a truly great story teller and I will certainly miss the great twists he put on life.. Hope your feeling better now buddie…. Love ya man… Dave B

  7. Bob Bridges on February 10, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Mike was a good friend and fellow golfer
    to many of us in the KC area. It was
    my pleasure to have known him. I will
    be forever grateful to have shared some
    his life with him. I loved how he could tell a story on himself and laugh about it. I will miss him like many others will.
    Bonnie and I offer our condolences to the family.

  8. Stephen Heavey CFP on February 9, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Mike, a good man in spite of his foolish addictions to golf. It’s hard to accept his being gone.
    My condolences to his family, and everyone that loved him.

  9. John McEniry on February 9, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Mike definitely was a class act.

    I will never forget his story at Mike Loftus’ wake about when he and Mike worked at Pepsi. They took the trucks to the drag strip and raced them.

    And I will never forget playing with him in a band in high school. One of the songs we did was “Twine Time” of course introducing Mike as the vocalist saying “It’s Stein Time”!

    Mike was a good friend of by brother Charlie. That’s how I got to know him through Charlie and Mike Loftus.

    May his soul rest in peace.
    My prayers are with his family.

  10. Jack Newman on February 9, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Mike showed us all how to enthusiastically accept what life deals us and keep pressing forward. He was, in many ways, bigger than life with his constant interest in all things new, his curiosity about anyone he met, his skill at telling stories that captivated us, and his ability to remember more about each of us than we could remember ourselves.

    We are blessed to have known him, and we will miss him. We pray for stength and comfort for Marcia, Jeremy, Stacy, Preston and the rest of Mike’s family.

  11. Tracy Loftus on February 9, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Mike thought of others all the way to the end of his life. You don’t meet many people as good as Mike Stein.
    They are rare. He was the Best. It was a blessing to know him.
    May the Peace of the Lord be with his Family.

  12. Nita Ann Moore on February 9, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Mike Stein was one of those people that everyone loved. He was a huge joktser in his younger years and as he grew he know how to incorporate that trait into an adult life. Mike knew when to be funny and when to be serious. Mike knew when to help and when to step aside, Mike knew when to comfort and when to step away from the person who was hurting. Mike was a HUGE friend and support to my sister and her family after Kathy’s Mike died. Mike and Mike had been friends for years and Mike stepped in without as much as a word to help Kathy in any way he could. I didn’t know Mike well but I knew the kind of person Mike was. His heart and sould were made for love and giving. You put up a brave and amazing fight Mike; I feel so fortunate to have know you. Thanks and God bless you, Mike. It certainly isn’t over; it’s just different now so enjoy and be happier than you could even could have imagined, Mike. Love, Nita Ann

  13. Conor Loftus on February 9, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Mike sure was a great friend of my dad. After he passed away, Mike and Marcia were a great support to my mother.

    I know my dad saved a place for Mike, i can just see them now cracking jokes and having a great time.

  14. Kathy Loftus on February 9, 2012 at 9:17 am

    What a class act Mike was. I will never forget what a wonderful friend he was to my Michael during his battle with Alzheimers. Mike was such a huge support not only during Michael’s illness but after his passing. I don’t know what I would have done without the love, support, and advice I received from Mike and Marcia during that time. I will miss him so very much and am so very lucky he touched my life. His attitude during his entire illness was nothing but amazing. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. God bless you.

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