Edwin Paul Stewart
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Edwin Paul "Ed" Stewart went to be with his Lord and Savior on August 28, 2013 at Consulate Healthcare in Tallahassee.He was a retired State of Florida Workers Compensation Administrator and also was a retired Florida National Guard Colonel. He was an active member, deacon, and elder of Faith Presbyterian Church.
A son of the late Robert Burt Stewart and Rosa Gayheart Stewart, he was born September 29, 1922 in Hindman, Kentucky.
He served in the US Army during World War II where he was a participant in the Battle of the Bulge.While in the Army, he was presented with the Combat Infantry Badge, three Battle Stars, and the Bronze Star.In May of 1948 he joined the Florida National Guard and served for over 30 years until his retirement in August 1978 as a full Colonel. And in 1974, he graduated from the US Army War College. Mr. Stewart served his country in the military for almost 35 years.
He received a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Florida in 1949 and a Master of Science in Education from FSU in 1971.Since 1968 he was a member of both Faith Presbyterian Church and the Tallahassee Kiwanis Club, where he attended until he was no longer physically able.
He was an avid UF sports fan and football season ticket holder. He attended the Gators Basketball National Championship game in 2007. He also enjoyed traveling and reading.
He is survived by his sons and daughter-in-law, Will and Michelle Stewart, Jacksonville, Rob Stewart, Tallahassee; daughters and sons-in-law, Elizabeth and Thomas Klein, Tallahassee, Catherine and Larry Gonzalez, Jacksonville; grandchildren, Joshua and Christina Klein, Colleen Klein, Joy Klein, Lawrence Gonzalez, Derek Gonzales, Conner Gonzalez; great grandchildren, Evan, Elise, Emily, and Ellie Klein; brothers, Sid and Bob; sisters, Mildred, Jessie, Laura, and Betty.
He was preceded in death by his wife of almost 61 years, Lucile Crumpler Stewart; parents, and brothers; Howard, Shelby, R.B. Jr., Elmer, and Ray.
Ed Stewart loved God, people, and his country. He was very friendly and never met a stranger. He will be remembered most for his wonderful sense of humor.
The funeral is 2:00 PM Thursday, September 5, 2013 at Faith Presbyterian Church with interment following at Tallahassee Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 2:00 PM at Faith Presbyterian Church.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Faith Presbyterian Church, the Hindman Settlemant School (P.O.Box 844, Hindman, KY, 41822), the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, or Easter Seals. The online guestbook may be signed at www.abbeyfh.com.
Abbey Funeral Home and Tallahassee Memory Gardens - Tallahassee
4037 North Monroe Street Tallahassee, FL 32303
Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Sept. 4, 2013