Treasures, Treasuries, and Thoughts

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Dr. Warren William Stinson

One week ago today, my beloved husband began his journey into the next world.

Our last family photo, March 28, 2015

Dr. Warren W. Stinson, Professor Emeritus of Cell Biology and Anatomy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, passed away in his home on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. During his 42 years at UNMC he contributed to the education of a conservatively estimated 15,000 physicians, physical therapists, pharmacists, physician assistants and allied health professionals. Dr. Stinson wrote numerous articles for a variety of Medical Journals, authored three anatomy text books, and co-authored the book, Nutrition and Aging with his wife. In 2001, He was honored as Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the UNMC.
Dr. Stinson graduated with his Bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University. He served as a Lieutenant, Artillery in United States Army from 1959 to 1967. Following his final overseas tour of duty in Turkey, he returned to Oklahoma State University for his Master’s degree and subsequently received his doctorate from the University of Oklahoma Medical Center. He was a member of Sigma Chi, the Millard American Legion, a 32nd Degree Mason, and Phi Chi Medical Fraternity.

Dr. Stinson was preceded in death by his parents, Ted and Eva Stinson, his sister, Nancy Stinson, Mother in Law, Kathryn Lancaster, father in law, Johnie Walker, his sister in law Marilyn Ceraulo, brothers in law Max Walker and Paul Ceraulo. He is survived by his wife of almost 52 years, Joni Kay Stinson, Omaha, his son W. Scott Stinson and wife Kerry Stinson, Omaha, son W. Patrick Stinson, Omaha, Grandchildren Sydney Stinson, Mason Stinson, and Olivia Stinson all of Omaha. He is also survived by nieces, Amanda Zecchin and family, Stamford, CT and Jennifer Walker and family, Luther, OK, nephews Mark Walker and family, Edmond, OK, Max Keith Walker, Yukon, Ok, Michael David Walker and family, Yukon, OK. and close family friends, Frank Reynolds, Checotah, OK and Nancy Clough, Omaha.

Dr. Stinson served on the Admissions Committee for medical students at UNMC and the Nebraska State Anatomical Board for many years. He gave his final act of support to the Anatomical Board at the time of his death by donating his body. When this final “teaching opportunity” is completed, he will be returned to Oklahoma for a Memorial Service next year.

Visitation: May 8, 2015 at Heafy Heafy Hoffman Dworak Cutler Funeral Home, 7805 West Center Road, Omaha, Ne from 5:00 to 8:00 p.n.

Should you wish to honor Dr. Stinson by making a Memorial, please contribute to the Charity of your choosing.


Michael Murphy, Cherokee, has taught Native American flute at schools and clinics in the midwest, including the Omaha Public Schools, the Omaha Metropolitan Community College, the Nebraska Indian Community College and St. Augustine Mission in Macy, Nebraska. Michael is a member of the Nebraska Arts Council and the International Native American Flute Association. In addition to his performances, his music is available on CD’s.

We wish to thank Michael for providing the music at this Visitation. Michael has been a friend of the family for many years. His music had been played for the last four Memorials for our family members. Bless you Michael and Wado (thank you in Cherokee) for being our friend.

Special Thanks
We wish to thank all of the UNMC staff for the excellent medical care and compassion he received while hospitalized. We also wish to thank the VNA Hospice for the care and support they provided at home. A special thanks go to Cami Cain, RN for her expert nursing care and to Jessie Buck, for not only rendering wonderful personal care but for also making his face light up with each visit. And thanks to all of our friends who have been so generous in providing us with visits, acts of kindness, love and support during his final days.

Final Thoughts
Jessie Buck, Hospice Home Health Aide, related to us that on her last visit with Warren he told her that it wouldn’t be over until the fat lady sang. For now, the fat lady has sung. However,we take great comfort in the words of Chief Seattle, “There is no death, only a change of worlds.”Know that we love you and will miss you every day but also know that our memories and your Spirit will be with us forever. Enjoy your new world!


Anonymous said...

Joni - sigh - words cannot speak what the heart feels - sigh -

Wanda and Donel

toni said...

Joni, Such an awesome tribute to a very special man. Warren contributed so much and touched so many lives along his path. Thank you for sharing his story. I know you are proud of the legacy of love and respect that he has left behind.

You and your family are in my thoughts, my heart and my prayers. ♥toni