STEWART, Jr. |
Col. Arthur L. USMC Ret.
Dec 15, 1932-Nov 17, 2013
Arthur Stewart passed in the early morning hours Nov. 17th. His wife of 58 years was with him when he took his last breath. His family had surrounded him with love and devotion for the last few months of his life. He was a man who won the admiration of family and friends alike.
Art was born in Austin Texas and was truly a man of ol' south Austin. He attended Becker elementary, Fulmore Jr. High and graduated from the old Austin High school in 1950 winning a letter for basketball making the National Honor Society. Art graduated from Texas University with a letter for basketball and a Commission for the United States Marine Corps. He married Helene Carolyn Burger in 1955 and together they began their new life at Basic School, Quantico Va. One of Arts early assignment as a young officer was Commanding Ceremonial Guard Co. Eight and I Washington D. C. and while they are responsible for all the silent drills and official Marine functions their main duty is Presidential Guard Duty at Camp David while the President is in residence. Art felt honored to have had this duty for President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Art also attended The Army War College and was retained as Senior Marine instructor. When he retired from the Marine Corps 30 yrs. later he was a much traveled, highly decorated and a much admired war veteran.
Art and Helene moved back to Austin and settled in Lakeway, Texas. He was truly coming back home as his ancestors had settled on this land in the 1800 hundreds, and many landmarks still hold the Stewart name. His early memories are of roaming the woods and hunting and fishing , riding horses and R.R. 620 was still a graveled road where he learned to drive and soon learned the goats always had the right away.
Needless to say his four children grew up with a treasure trove of old family lore. Some true and some embellished but always listened to.
Art was preceded in death by his mother Dorothy Ray Stewart and father Arthur L. Stewart Sr. also a sister, Dorothy Stewart Uzzell. He leaves behind his wife Helene Burger Stewart, a daughter Stephanie Stewart Adams, son Arthur A. Stewart, son Philip M. Stewart and daughter in law Corinne Stewart and son Robert L. Stewart and a sister Betty Ann Stewart Hansen. He also leaves eight Grandchildren and 3, soon to be four Great grand children and numerous nieces and nephews.
Art's decorations include National Defense Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal w/1* Vietnam Service Medal w/ 1 star, Combat Action Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal w /devise, Bronze Star Medal w/ "V", Meritorious Unit Commendation, Meritorious Service Medal w/1* Legion of Merit, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon Expert Pistol (45.) Badge 8th and Art also proudly wore his Jump Wings.
The Stewart family would like to especially thank Lisa Schlechta who lovingly cared for Art for over a year and Frances Lefferman who joined his caregiving later. Both worked for ComForcare Home Care located in Lakeway. Art was also in Innovative Hospice care the last 6 months of his life, and so to Susan, Gretchen, Amanda and Dr. Carlos Sanchez who gave Art such comfort both physical and spiritual and to nurse Bridget who eased Art's final hours. Art was a very brave fighter and he fought gallantly through many health issues with such courage and dignity. Helene would like to say a particular Thank You with much love to their children who gave so much time and care and love to their dad. Their kindness and laughter made many sad days a little easier.
There will be a gathering for friends Friday, Nov. 22 from 7 to 8p.m. at the Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home at 411 RR 620 South, Lakeway, Texas. The memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Sat. Nov. 23 at the same location.
A luncheon given by the ladies of Emmaus Catholic Church will follow the funeral in the Magnolia Room.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project at www.woundedwarriorsproject.org/donate.
Obituary and guestbook available online at www.wcfish.com
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Nov. 21 to Nov. 22, 2013