He was born may 24, 1935, in Illinois, the son of Jesse and Eva VanLandingham Stewart.
As a young man, he worked on the railroad and then later drove a dump truck for the zinc mill in Greencastle.
He later worked for Greencastle Manufacturing and last worked as a prison guard for the Plainfield Correctional Facility, retiring in 1998.
As a young man, he enjoyed fishing and he has always loved dogs, cats and all animals. He liked to joke and have the last laugh and be with family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Conrad "Connie" Stewart, grandsons T.J. Atkinson and Jeffrey Stewart, and first wife Betty Louise Noll Stewart.
Survivors include his wife Linda Kay McShanog, whom he married March 14, 1980, children Randy Stewart (Terry), Kansas City, Mo., Debbie Watson (Gene), Rebecca "Becky" Reed (Paul), Greencastle, Scott Atkinson (Kim), Knightsville, Todd Atkinson, Brazil, and Bill Atkinson, Knightsville, grandchildren Melissa, Brian, Shelby, Casey and Cassidy, great-grandchildren Kris, A.J., Aleah, Kylee and Skyler, brother Norman Stewart (Betty), Greencastle, sisters Sandy Bible (Paul), New Mexico, Imogene Stewart, Wyoming, and Joanne Schuck, Greencastle, and sister-in-law June Stewart, Jacksonville, Fla., and extended family.
At his request, cremation will take place.
A memorial service will take place Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, at 8 p.m., at the Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church, 945 E. CR 1200 N, Brazil, with Pastor Dick McShanog officiating.
Visitation with the family will be from 6-8 p.m., also at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Clay County Humane Society in his memory.
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