Las Vegas Review-Journal
April 5, 2014
Steve Wootton, 68, resident of Henderson area, passed away on April 4, 2014 at the Nathan Adelson Hospice center after a bravely fought battle against Melanoma. He was born Stephen A. Wootton, July 8, 1945 in Southern California to Neville and Leah Wootton.
In the early days he was known as "Stevie Wootton", a cute, freckle-faced child actor seen on various television series (including the Jack Benny Show, This is Alice, Superman, and I Love Lucy) and many motion pictures until his early teens. He attended University of Portland where he met his first wife, Judith Gregori and received his Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 1967. He and Judy were married in 1968. They had three children, Kimberley, Matthew and Timothy. The couple later divorced in 1979.
Steve had a long career in insurance and management, starting at Allstate and later retiring from CNA in Chicago. While at CNA, he met his soul-mate, then Virginia Dickinson. The couple married July 21, 1990. About 10 years ago, Steve retired from his career in Chicago to the Henderson area to be closer to family in California and his brother and sister-in-law, Roger and Judy Wootton.
Steve loved good wine, golf, watching sports, his family and his grandchildren who affectionately called him "Papa". He was well loved by his friends and colleagues and had a good joke for every occasion. He was generous and loving to all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife Ginny; his brother Roger; his children Kim, Matt and Tim; his step-sons Jon and Jeffrey; and seven beautiful grandchildren they cherished together.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Melanoma Research Foundation (www.melanoma.org) or Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers (Fr. Joseph Fedora, M.M., Mission Account, Maryknoll, New York 10545 in Memory of Stephen Wootton).
A memorial service will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday, April 15 at Palm Mortuary, 7600 S. Eastern Avenue, Las Vegas, Nevada. A reception to follow at Roger and Judy Wootton's.
WOOTON, Stephen (Stephen Arthur Wooton)
Born: 7/8/1945, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 4/4/2014, Henderson, California, U.S.A.
Stephen Wooton’s westerns – actor:
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1954
At Gunpoint – 1955 (Joey Clark)
Red Sundown (TV) – 1956 (Chuck)
Star in the Dust – 1956 (boy)
Stranger at My Door – 1956 (‘Dodie’ Jarret)
My Friend Flick (TV) – 1956 (Teddy Wallace)
Bat Masterson (TV) – 1958 (Sandy)
Have Gun – Will Travel (TV) – 1958 (Jed Warren)
Buckskin (TV) – 1959 (Buford)
Riverboat (TV) – 1960 (Sam Dexter)
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (TV) – 1961 (Ollie Burton)
The Rifleman (TV) – 1962 (Willie)