Edward “Ed” Chester Stephan, Jr. age 80 of Minocqua, died on Friday, Aug. 9 with his family by his side at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff. Ed was born on May 11, 1939 in Racine, the son of Edward C. and Florence (nee Pruess) Stephan Sr. Ed married Donna J. (nee Duffus) McCaughn on March 17, 1973 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Minocqua.

Ed worked for the Minocqua Police Department for many years and later owned and operated several local businesses in the Lakeland area. Ed was an active and long times member of the Minocqua Lions Club and on the Calvary Lutheran Church council. Ed was always seen around town walking his beloved dogs and spent early mornings fishing off Bosacki’s pier. Ed cherished spending time with his family and especially hunting with kids and enjoyed collecting and trading Savage model 99 rifles.

Ed is survived by his wife, Donna of Minocqua and children: Mark (Theresa) Stephan of Neenah, Kathi (Joe) Schetter of Sheboygan Falls, Susan (Bruce) Stephan of Three Lakes, Tim (Tammy) Stephan of Oxford, and sons-in-law: Tony Studinger of Medford, and Bob (Ann) Belmore of Hazelhurst, and by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren and by his brother Keith Stephan of Racine, and brother-in-law Al Duffus of Minocqua and by his favorite furbaby Nikki.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents, son Michael and daughters Joni and Sheryl and by his father-in-law and best friend Al Duffus, Sr.

Memorial Gathering for Ed will be held on Saturday, Aug. 17 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Calvary Lutheran Church in Minocqua, with Memorial Service at noon. Inurnment will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Woodruff.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations to Calvary Lutheran Church.

Online condolences may be shared at www.nimsgernfuneral.com. Nimsgern Funeral & Cremation Services is serving the family.