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John Walter Stewart, age 97, passed away peacefully on January 16, 2015 at the home of his son in Yuba City. He was surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on December 26, 1917 in Porterville, California to Luther and Ida Mae Stewart. He is the last surviving sibling of seven children. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Olga; his two sons Gregory and Gary and their wives; his six grandchildren, Benjamin, Brooklyn, Rebecca, Courtney, Brittany, Chelsea and their spouses and his twelve great-grandchildren. He will always be remembered for his love, constant attention and generosity to his family, including yearly camping trips to Fort Bragg for 30 years.

John served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1939 - 1945. On December 7, 1941, he survived the attack on Pearl Harbor, along with his brother, Charles Stewart who were both assigned to the U.S.S. Vestal, a repair ship moored to the U.S.S. Arizona. His ship was deliberately run aground to keep it from sinking after taking three direct hits by enemy torpedoes. For the remainder of the war he was a gunner's mate.

John worked as a saw filer in Yuba City for Speckert Lumber Company, which was owned by his father-in-law, Armin Speckert. In 1973, he retired and he and his wife Olga moved to Grass Valley for the next 20 years. In 1997 they returned to Yuba City to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at First Reformed Church, 9882 Garden Hwy., Yuba City at 3:00 pm, on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, followed by a reception at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in John's name to Sutter North Hospice, 400 Plumas St., Yuba City, CA 95991.

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Published in Appeal Democrat on Jan. 20, 2015
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