Lawrence Emmett “Larry” Stein, 91, of Bethany Beach, Del., passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, May 12, 2017. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on Dec. 24, 1925, to the late Samuel “Pop” Stein and Jessie “Jim” (Goodman) Stein.
Stein spent his early years in the Cleveland area, served in the military and worked for many years on top-secret government projects in the Washington, D.C., area before retiring in Bethany Beach. During World War II, as a part of the 97th Division, 286th Regiment, Anti-Tank Company. He served as a communication chief in France, Belgium, Holland, Germany and Czechoslovakia. He then took over telephone and radio communications in the Tokyo, Japan, area before returning home in 1946.
Stein greatly enjoyed his retirement years in Bethany Beach, spending many hours at the VFW Hall, the Cottage Café and Fox’s Pizza, enjoying his Heinekens. He loved dinners with family and friends at the 1776 restaurant, local crab shacks, cheering for the Washington Redskins and Nationals, and especially watching “Star Trek” at home.
Very near and dear to his heart were the friendships that he formed in Bethany Beach, most especially with Lisa Welling and Chris King. Stein’s family will forever be indebted and grateful for the love, care and concern shown to their uncle by Chris and Lisa.
Stein was preceded in death by his brother, Norbert Lloyd Stein, and his niece Judy (Stein) Milanski. He is survived by a niece, Joan (Stein) Buzas of Southington, Conn.; two nephews, Donald Stein of Bethany Beach and James Stein of Dallas, Ga.; many great-, great-great-, and great-great-great-nieces and -nephews, who all respected, admired and loved him dearly.
A private service was planned for a later date. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.