Raymond D. Stewart
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Raymond Dale Stewart, 68, West Lafayette IN, passed away at IU Arnett Hospital, Lafayette IN, on Sunday, June 17, 2012. He touched all who knew him with profound respect and honor. He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Xiuzeng Ma. Ray was born in Indianapolis, IN, on January 17, 1944 to Clyde H. Stewart and Letha Willoughby Stewart, both deceased. Ray was brother to Ruth Stewart Cunningham, who preceded him in death in 1994. He married Xiuzeng Ma on June 16, 1995. Ray graduated from High School in 1962. He attended I.U. in Bloomington, IN and U.S.U. in Logan UT. He enlisted in the Navy Reserves in 1967, served aboard the USS Bennington as a Radar Operator during the Viet Nam war. Ray was aboard and assisted when the Bennington recovered the Apollo 4 space capsule, near Midway Island in 1967. Ray received an honorable discharge in 1970. He also served in the Indianapolis Civil Defense from 1958-1963 and was a Certified Rescue Instructor responding to the tragic October 31, 1963, explosion at the Indiana State Fair Coliseum. Ray was a Fire Fighter in Logan, UT. After retiring from the Fire Department, he returned to Indiana and worked for Syncor in Indianapolis, IN and West Lafayette, IN and Arnett Clinic in Lafayette, retiring in 2009. Ray was a devout Mormon and beloved member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 2nd Ward, West Lafayette IN. Survivors include: Sister-In-Law, Aiqun Ma, Nephew, James R. (wife Joyce) Cunningham III, Nieces, Diana L. Robinson, and Rebecca C. (Husband Charles) Hull, Grandniece, Jennifer Cunningham, Grandnephews, Sean Robinson, James Cunningham IV, Adam Robinson and Ian Hull, Great Grandnieces, Brianna Hamblin and Aria Robinson. Visitation will be on Saturday, June 23, 2012 from 9:30-11:30 AM, Funeral at 11:30 AM, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 3224 Jasper St. West Lafayette, IN. Burial will be at Washington Park East, 10612 E. Washington St. Indianapolis, IN at 2:45 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 3224 Jasper St. West Lafayette, IN 47906
Published in the Journal & Courier on June 21, 2012