Robert Stedelin Obituary (1933 – 2021) – Phoenix, AZ

Robert Julian Stedelin, 87, died peacefully on May 31, 2021. He was born on October 13, 1933 to Kenneth Julian and Alma Irene Stedelin in Rolla, Missouri. Robert married Nancy Pettitt (d. 2004) in December 1961. He then concentrated on his studies and was an avid student. He graduated from Little Rock Central High School, he studied journalism – speech and theater at the University of Missouri, and after graduating from Arizona State University, he joined the family business with Ray Lumber Company , Phoenix, AZ. He then continued his studies in psychology and social behavior at UC Irvine, eventually earning a doctorate in theology of culture and creative spirituality at Holy Names University. He was ordained in the Orthodox Catholic Church in December 1991. He was the chaplain of the Order of Saint Luke for more than 25 years. He was also a member of the Order of Saint Francis. Robert is survived by his son James Stedelin (Amy), his daughter Julie Johnson (Gregory), his grandchildren Sgt. Jonathon Stedelin USMC, Sgt. Axel Johnson US Army, Cassaundra Johnson and Ethan Stedelin.

Robert was dedicated to the ministry of healing in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Services will be held at Saint Barnabas on The Desert Episcopal Church located at 6715 N. Mockingbird Lane, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 on Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 5 p.m. Interment will follow in the Memorial Garden.

There are a limited number of places for those wishing to attend. Please sign up at or call the parish office at 480-948-5560. Condolences and hugs from home can be expressed at

Published by The Arizona Republic from June 11 to June 13, 2021.