Jamie B. Stewart, retired U.S. Navy commander, died July 31, 2014 at his Crestview home following a brief illness. He and his wife, Gudrun, moved to Crestview in 2005 after residing in Melbourne, Ocala and Miami.
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Mr. Stewart was born Jan. 13, 1919 in Wilburton, Kan., to Merritt and Mary-Marie Trimpa Stewart. He and his twin brother, Ross, were the youngest of seven siblings raised on a family-owned farm.
Mr. Stewart attended Kansas State College for two years, and enrolled in the U.S. Navy flight program at the start of World War II. As a pilot stationed in Iceland, he flew PBY Catalinas in the North Atlantic, battling German submarines to protect lifelines vital to Great Britain.
He married Gudrun Gudmundsdottir of Reykjavik in 1943.
During the Cold War's intensive phase, Cmdr. Stewart piloted P2Vs from U.S. and Iceland bases. He went on to become a flight instructor and attained the rank of commander.
He earned the Air Medal for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight; the American Defense Service Medal, in recognition of active duty service between 1939 and 1941; and the WWII Victory Medal for five years of service in wartime.
After 23 years of service, Cmdr. Stewart retired from the Navy in 1962 and moved with his family to Miami, where he worked with Investors Diversified Services. He later managed their Miami office.
He was an avid reader with a keen interest in history. He actively and thoughtfully fostered family members and his grandchildren.
Survivors are his wife of 71 years, his twin brother, and three children, Jamie B. Stewart Jr., Terry Stewart, and Kristine Stewart.
Both sons served in the U.S. Navy, following their father's example of service to country.
Cmdr. Stewart's survivors also include two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Jamie B. Stewart, a loving partner and parent, wise patriarch, loyal patriot and generous friend, will be remembered with gratitude by all whose lives he touched.
A memorial service will be held at noon Sunday, Oct. 12 at his daughter's Crestview home. A donation may be made in Cmdr. Stewart's memory to Covenant Hospice of Crestview.
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Published in The Crestview News Bulletin from Aug. 4 to Sept. 3, 2014