Paul Robert Stein, 56, of North Branch, passed away on Monday, May 27, 2019, at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids.
He was born Feb. 9, 1963, in Elgin, Illinois, to Kenneth and Loretta (Bahr) Stein. Paul grew up in Naperville and Evanston, Illinois, where he attended grade school. He graduated from Evanston Township High School in 1981. After high school he went on to attend the University of Wisconsin. He later moved to St. Paul, Minn., and worked various jobs before working as a painting contractor. He owned and operated Midwest Interior Painting for many years.
On July 31, 1991, he was united in marriage to Nichole Pearson in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. They lived in Minneapolis for several years before moving to North Branch where they raised their four children.
Paul enjoyed fishing, hunting, spending time at Chuck and Karen’s cabin on Lake Vermillion, golfing, reading, learning about history, music, traveling and crossword puzzles. He loved living in the country and watching the birds while drinking his morning coffee and spending time outside with his dogs. He was an avid Chicago Bears fan along with Garrett, Sydney and Wyatt and since Nikki and Drew were Vikings fans, the Vikings-Bears games were always a fun time at the house. Paul had a large collection of chess sets from around the world. He was a wonderful cook and was always welcoming others into their home. He loved to laugh, be silly and was always acting out parts from plays and musicals.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents Gustav and Anna Stein, Edwin and Myrtha Bahr. Paul is survived by his wife Nikki, children Garrett Stein of North Branch, Sydney Stein (Damien Varner) of Minneapolis, Drew Stein (Richard Concepcion) of Long Beach, Calif., Wyatt Stein of North Branch; three granddaughters, Zarrah and Nola Concepcion, and Parker Stein; parents Jim and Loretta Stein of Naperville, Ill.; sister MaryBeth Stein (Bruce Blundell) of Alexandria, Va., parents-in-law Jim (Pam) Pearson of Cambridge, Frani (Ray) Kelly of Frederic, Wis.; brothers-in-law Chris Pearson (Missy Golden) of Cambridge, Troy Pearson (Heather Thompson) of Cambridge, as well as many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 31, 2019, at Main Street Church in North Branch. Online condolences at www.carlsonlillemoen.com. Arrangements were with the Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Cambridge.