Stein Owre – Minnesota

Stein Owre – Minnesota

Stein Owre, age 76, passed away peacefully at his beloved summer home on Maple Lake, Mentor, Minn., on September 14, 2016. He had spent his summers at the lake and his winters in Rhode Island and most recently, Littleton, Colo.

Stein was born in Oslo, Norway on September 4, 1940, and completed high school in 1959. During secondary school, he won many tennis tournaments, played on the junior Norwegian Davis Cup Tennis Team and was a national junior champion in ballroom dancing. Stein fulfilled his mandatory military service obligation and was selected to serve in the Norwegian King’s Guard. After completing his service, he sailed around the world, working as a purser on an America-Norwegian cruise liner. Stein then attended Orange Coast College, Huntington Beach, Calif., where he was recruited for a four-year tennis scholarship by the University of Wyoming. He graduated in 1966 with a bachelor's degree in business and was selected for the Alpha Kappa Psi Business Honorary.

Stein married a fellow student at the University of Wyoming, DeAnne Marguerite Wellman from Denver, Colo., August 28, 1965. They moved to Arizona where he attended the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Ariz. He graduated third in his class with an advanced degree in international sales and marketing. Stein was hired as a Sales Engineer with Cummins Engine Company, Columbus, Indiana. After the birth of daughter, Kristin, they moved to Norway where he worked in sales and marketing for Holst and Fleischer, A.S., followed by Timex International as a regional manager for Northern Europe. After moving to Timex Headquarters in Monte Carlo, Monaco, his daughter, Nina, arrived. This was followed by a move to Lausanne, Switzerland.

The Owre family lived in Europe for seven years before moving back to the U.S. to Rhode Island where Stein accepted a position as Director – International Sales and Marketing, Speidel Watch Bands, Providence. He left Speidel to create his own company, Nor-Am International. After several years, Stein accepted a position as director, of International Sales and Marketing, Quill Writing Instruments, Johnston, R.I.

Stein and his wife, DeAnne, lived in R.I. for 38 years prior to retiring and moving to Colorado to be with their daughters and families. They celebrated their 51st anniversary on August 28 of this year. Stein lived a full life living in six countries and speaking five languages. He was known for his “bigger than life” personality who was quick witted, a great story teller, caring and a great father, husband and friend.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Mimi Evelyn Ellingsen Holdorf, and his father, Anton Johannes Owre of Norway. He is survived by his wife, DeAnne, his daughters, Kristin Owre Zinis (Yani Zinis) and Nina Owre Bonn (Michael Bonn) of Denver, six grandchildren, Sofia Zinis, Gabrielle Zinis, Stella Zinis; Isabella Bolton, Will Bolton, Michael Bonn) of Denver, his brothers, Tor Holdorf (Irene) and Fridtjov Owre (Anne) of Norway and many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorial services will be held at the Rodness Church, Erskine, Minn., on October 14, 2016, at 11 a.m. and the Montclair United Methodist Church, Denver, Colo., November 12, 2016, at 2 p.m.

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