Walter Stewart of Rushville died on October 1, 2011. He had just celebrated his 96th birthday.
Mr. Stewart was born to George and Nora (Coon) Stewart in 1915. The family lived near White Clay, on the homestead of Samuel Stewart, Walt’s grandfather. He attended Extension School and Gordon High School. In 1935, he married Dorothy Kuskie of Rushville. He worked on his family’s farms, and for a time lived in Wyoming working as a cook. He entered the army in early 1945, and spent a year in the Philippines prior to being discharged in August, 1946. After the war, he ran a garage in White Clay for a time. Walt and Dorothy moved to Denver in 1950, and lived there until 1977, while he worked as a mechanic and service manager, and later as an insurance adjustor. They retired to Sheridan County in 1977.
Mr. Stewart was a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church. In the 1980s he spent several years living in Honduras, teaching at a church-run school; and, having been ordained a Deacon, he also tended to the needs of adult church members. This was probably his most cherished adventure, though he traveled to Europe and Australia, also. He was an active member of St. Mary’s-Holly church, a Mason, and a member of Eastern Star. He served on the board of directors of Parkview Manor for fifteen years.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy, his sisters Helen Stewart and Evelyn Burr, and his granddaughter, Rebecca Rose. He is survived by a daughter and son in law, Crystal and Donald Rose of Los Osos, California, a granddaughter, Rachel McDougald, her husband Joe, and a great-grandson, Sean McDougald.
Mr. Stewart will be remembered for his ability to fix almost anything broken, for his delight in the company of children and his great enjoyment of life. He was a remarkably sweet natured and kindly man, and he will be very much missed.