Rev. Earl Edward Stephan


Relationship to conference: Retired elder

Date of death: March 15, 2023 at age 92

Arrangements: A memorial service will be held April 1 at 2 p.m. at Douglas UMC (6507 75th St NW, Douglas).

Appointment information: Rev. Stephan was ordained in the Moravian Church in 1956 and served Moravian churches in Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Minnesota. He was then licensed as a United Methodist local pastor in 1963 and ordained in 1969. He served Minnesota United Methodist churches in Elgin, Douglas, and Mazeppa. He also served as a high school counselor. He retired in 1996.

Rev. Stephan was preceded in death by his siblings, Betty Lou, Gerald, and Melvin. He is survived by his wife, Darlene; four children, Gay Deane, James, John, and Thomas; and many nieces and nephews.

Messages of condolence can be sent to Gay Stephan, 208 15th Ave NE, Rochester, MN 55906 or

Memorials are preferred to Douglas UMC, 6507 75th St NW, Douglas 55960.

An obituary will be published in the Rochester Post Bulletin on March 25.

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