Dr. Larry Stednitz, 78, of Falls City, NE, passed away August 18, 2019. He was born on July 8, 1941 in Falls City to Harold and Lula (Kuker) Stednitz.
Larry was raised at Falls City and graduated Falls City High School in 1959 He graduated from Midland College and earned his Master of Science in Education at Omaha University and his doctorate in leadership and Human Behavior at U. S. International University in San Diego, CA.
He was a fullback and captain of Falls City High’s 1958 football team and was selected to play in the Shrine Bowl and for two years attended the University of Iowa where he had received a football scholarship, transferring to Midland College where he was captain of the football team for two years and was an Honorable Mention All-American. He played five years for the Omaha Mustangs in the Professional Football League of America and was selected as an All-League running back. He won the Omaha Sportscasters Award for Most Valuable Player. Dr. Stednitz has been inducted into the Midland College Hall of Fame.
He married Toni Iseman and they were later divorced. He then married Terri Robeson and she later passed away.
He began his distinguished career in education at Boys Town as a counselor and coach. He developed and operated the Western Youth Network for the assessment and placement of troubled youth. He had served as director and/or administrator of hospitals serving troubled adolescents in Idaho, Montana and California. He has completed or participated in the design and start-up development of youth programs in California, Montana, South Carolina and Nevada, including wilderness programs, residential programs and assessment and treatment centers for girls and boys.
He was presenter of “Innovative Treatment of Youth” to the State of South Carolina Juvenile Justice Conference and to the Mental Health in Corrections conference in Missouri.
Dr. Stednitz is author of “The Effects of Systematic Skills Training Model on Communication Skills of Adolescent Psychiatric Patients,” and co-authored a manual, “Diagnostics and Remediation of Learning Disabilities.”
He organized seven major conferences in Orange County, CA dealing with a variety of issues related to adolescent diagnosis and treatment.
He is survived by Children: Ariann Weitzman of New Jersey; Nicholas Stednitz of Prescott, AZ; Michael Stednitz of San Luis Obispo, CA; Sarah Stednitz of Eugene, OR; Nieces and Nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, and a sister, Sandra Sailors.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, August 26, 2019 at 10:30 AM at Dorr and Clark Funeral Home. Inurnment will be in Harris Cemetery.