Stephen August Orthwein
October 28, 1945 – March 12, 2018
American polo icon, Stephen A. “Steve” Orthwein, passed away peacefully in his sleep early Monday morning, March 12, 2018 at his home in Wellington, Florida.
Steve was born October 28, 1945, to Adolphus Busch Orthwein and Ann Patricia Thornley, and spent his childhood in St. Louis, Missouri, as a member of the renowned Busch brewing family. Steve graduated from the Choate School in Wallingford, Connecticut in 1964, Yale University in 1968, where he was the Captain of the Yale Polo Team and member of the Varsity Tennis Team, and St. Louis University Law School where he received a Law Degree.
A true sportsman, Steve made his mark in the world of Polo. His accomplishments include winning: Intercollegiate titles in 1967 and 1968, the National 16 goal in 1967, the Pakistani Open in 1969, the Butler Handicap in 1975 and 1979, and the Monty Waterbury in 1977. Steve achieved a 6 goal handicap and was at one time the highest rated amateur player in the country. In addition to his accomplishments on the field, Steve was well known for his service to the sport of polo. These contributions include; Captain of the St. Louis Polo Club, Chairman of the United States Polo Association, Chairman of the Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame, Vice President of the Federation of International Polo, and founder of the Port Mayaca Polo Club. Steve’s accomplishments and service to the sport of polo were commemorated in two sports Hall of Fames, the Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame in 2011 and the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.
Above all else, Steve was a devoted husband, family man, and friend to all who knew him. His infectious spirit and positive attitude brought joy wherever he went. He is survived by Ginny, his loving wife of 42 years; his three sons, Steve Jr., his wife Margaret and their daughter Hazel; Robert, his wife Tiffany, and their first child due in July; and Danny; his four brothers, Dolph (Judy), Peter (Beverly), David and Chris (Binkie); and his step-brother, Mike Montgomery (Mimi).
A celebration of life service will be held at 6:00pm, Saturday, March 17th at the Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame, 9011 Lake Worth Rd, Lake Worth, FL 33467. All who knew Steve are invited to attend. A second service will be held in St. Louis this spring.
- Virginia (Ginny) Orthwein, Wife
- Steve (Margaret) Orthwein Jr., Son
- Robert (Tiffany) Orthwein, Son
- Danny Orthwein, Son
- Hazel Orthwein, Granddaughter
- Dolph (Judy) Orthwein, Brother
- Peter (Beverly) Orthwein, Brother
- David Orthwein, Brother
- Chris (Binkie) Orthwein, Brother
- Mike (Mimi) Montgomery, Step-brother
Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame
9011 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth, Florida 33467
Polo Players Support Group
11924 Forest Hill Blvd Suite 10-A-287, Wellington, Florida 33414
Polo Training Foundation
70 Clinton Street, Tully, New York 13159
Ralph G. Darcy, Jr.,MD Professorahip of Neurological Surgery
Washington University, David Blasingame Campus Box 1101, One Brookings Drive, St Louis, Missouri 63130
The Shepherd Center Foundation
SHARE Military Initiative, The Housing Program & Assisted Technology 2020 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309
- Funeral Service Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Stephen August Orthwein
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March 17, 2018
Dear Ginny & Family,
So sad. Yes – polo did lose an icon. But more important – we all lost a friend. I always said that for all of his lifelong accolades and accomplishments, Steve was one of the most humble persons I have ever met. He treated all players – the “veterans” as well as the beginners – the same. And any time he was engaged in conversations, he was never looking over his shoulder to find a more “important” player to talk with. Steve brought a team to Milwaukee for as long as I can remember. It was always the highlight of the season, not only because of both the quality of the polo and the beer (Budweiser vs Schlitz), but because of the laughter and good times Steve brought to the groups. For that, the polo community will forever be grateful.
For your efforts and particularly for what you have been through the past few years, thank you for sharing Steve with us.
The Milwaukee Polo Club has made a contribution to the Polo Training Foundation in Steve’s name.
March 17, 2018
To the Family,
May you find comfort and peace in the word of God at this most difficult time. I am truly sorry on the lost of your dear loved one. Jehovah God’s word tells us at Acts 24:15 that there is going to be a resurrection so we all look forward to seeing our loved ones again in the future. May you all find comfort God’s word.
March 14, 2018
I was saddened to learn of Steve's passing-he was the center of polo in St. Louis and the Werner family enjoyed many Wednesdays and Sundays playing with Steve and his father. Steve and Jenny were meant for each other-a wonderful couple-a joy to be around. I will always remember Steve's great smile-his love of horses-and his competitive spirit.
March 13, 2018
I had the pleasure of doing business with Steve and greatly enjoyed his friendship. Steve was one of the funniest, most personable and down-to-earth people I knew. I am saddened by his death and pray for Christ's blessings of comfort, peace, faith and hope for his family and loved ones.