Earl was born March 15, 1942 in Hankinson, North Dakota, a son of the late Earl and Irene (Nehmer) Stein. He attended school in Wahpeton, ND, graduating in 1960. Earl then entered the United States Navy where he was a radioman. He served for four years before being honorably discharged in 1964. On June 18, 1966 he was united in marriage to the former JoAnn Dawson at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wahpeton, ND. Upon returning from the service, he worked in the grocery business as the produce manager in Wahpeton, East Grand Forks, and Grand Forks, ND. Earl then became the manager of the Pick ‘n Save store in Shawano until retiring in 2009. He is a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Shawano. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, and gardening.
Survivors include his wife, JoAnn, of Shawano; his daughter, Jennifer (Steve) Konkel, of Green Bay; three sisters, Janice (Charlie) Bellmore of Wahpeton, ND, Claudette (Jerry) Bosen of Andover, MN, and Diane Spears of Sioux Falls, SD; one brother, Willard (Patsy) Stein of Wahpeton, ND; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Dale; two brothers-in-law, Mike Spears and Jerry Striffler; and his nephew, Daniel Stein.
A funeral service for Earl A. Stein will be held on Friday, March 23, 2018 at 11:00 AM at St. James Lutheran Church in Shawano. The Rev. Dr. Timm Griffin will officiate. Full military honors will be conducted by Shawano AmVets Post 10. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Visitation will take place at the church from 9:00 AM until the hour of service.