Posted on: April 20, 2020
F. Carlyle (“Carl”) , aged 81, went home to his Savior on Monday March 30, 2020 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, Washington.
He was born to parents Frederick and Elizabeth Stebner on March 26, 1939 in Virginia. Carl was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Karen. Carl is survived by his daughter, Vicki, his son, Cliff, three grandchildren, one grandchild, and one great granddaughter.
Throughout his life, Carl was given callings from God. His first calling was to be a husband, when he met the love of his life, Karen, while he was at the University of Michigan. Carl faithfully upheld this calling as described in Ephesians 5:25-27:
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing[a] her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.
His next calling was service to others when God showed him a professional path to Medicine while he was at the University of Virginia. He chose to specialize in nuclear medicine and radiology. Carl was always learning and made sure to stay on top of the changes in his field so he could provide the best possible car to the patients relying on his skill and wisdom. Carl’s truly lived up to God’s standard found in Luke 3: 10-11:
10 “What should we do then?” the crowd asked.
11 John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.”
His next calling was to be a father. He showed both of his children what an upstanding role model of being a parent called by God. There was never any hesitation to give everything he had to his children, most importantly, his time. He was always there in sports, concerts, and every aspect of their lives. He truly fulfilled 2 Corinthians 3:2-3:
2 You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. 3 You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
Carl continued in his service to God after his retirement and attended the Pacific Lutheran University, where he earned an honorary Doctorate in Theology. This continued to show a role model to everyone as God called him to from 1 Peter 2: 2-3:
2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.