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Founder/owner of Stehn Funeral Chapels purchased family business in 1977; wife and son still active in business

Robert "Bob" Stehn, 81, the founder/owner of Stehn Funeral Chapels, died May 17 after having been a part of the Milwaukie community for 42 years.

In 1977, the family moved to this area and purchased Foster Road Funeral and Stehn's Milwaukie Funeral Home.

Robert Stehn, founder/owner of Stehn Funeral ChapelsBorn in 1937, Stehn grew up on River Road in Eugene, spending summers on his grandfather's farm with his cousin, Jack Schulze, who was also an only child.

While working for Eugene Ambulance Company, Stehn met his future wife, Sandra "Sandy" Branch, who was a nursing student at Sacred Heart Nursing School. Stehn got interested in the funeral business, serving an apprenticeship at funeral homes in Eugene and Albany before enrolling in the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science.

Bob and Sandy married in 1961; Sandy is still involved in the business, and Bob operated the business until 2009 when Alzheimer's caused him to retire. He served over 4,000 families in his 35 years of service to the community.

Mark Stehn said his father taught him that when you're in a community, you get involved. The family was involved in various local service clubs and made frequent donations to nonprofit organizations.

"Our house was kind of the house where everyone came, and a lot of my friends considered our house to be a second home," Mark said.

Bob and Sandy Stehn became involved with Milwaukie Masonic Lodge, Milwaukie Elks Lodge, Al Kader Shriners, Order of the Eastern Star, Job's Daughters and various other community groups and events, and have encouraged all their staff to be similarly involved.

Mark Stehn's various activities have included the Clackamas Rotary Club, the Providence Milwaukie Foundation Board and the Celebrate Milwaukie Board. As a father, Stehn was ready to change his habits for the benefit of his children.

"When I wanted a motorcycle, he bought one too," Mark said.

A visitation for Bob Stehn will be noon-7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, with a funeral service at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 23, at Stehn Family Chapels Milwaukie Tribute Center, 2906 S.E. Harrison St. A luncheon will follow the funeral at Gray Gables, 3009 S.E. Chestnut St., Oak Grove. Private entombment will be held at Mountain View Cemetery in Oregon City.

The family suggests contributions in his memory be made to Shriners Children's Hospital Portland or the charity of your choice in care of the funeral home.

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