Mervin L. "Bud" Stewart Jr. (1933 - 2018)

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Mervin "Bud"
L. Stewart Jr.

July 8, 1933 -
September 22, 2018

On September 22, 2018 our beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather Mervin "Bud" L. Stewart peacefully passed away with his family around him in Springfield, Oregon. He was born on July 8, 1933 to Mervin and Irma Stewart Sr. in Santa Cruz, California. In 1951, he joined the Air Force and was assigned to the 320th Bombardment Wing Squadron, Strategic Air Command at March Air Force Base California, after his training as a B-29 Stratofortress & B-47 Stratojet Flexible Aerial Turret Gunner at Lowry AFB, Colorado. He later obtained high security clearances for his involvement with the Nike Missile Defense mission. In December of 1953 the 320th deployed as a wing to Royal Air Force Brize Norton, England. Our Father was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation and the National Defense Service Medal.

On January 15, 1966 he married Elizabeth "Betsy" May Stewart. While working for the U.S. Postal Service, they welcomed three children: Julie Ann, Jean Marie, and Jonathan Charles. Jonathan precedes him in death at the age of 16 years. In addition to his wife and two daughters, he is survived by his sister Marsha York. His younger brother Norman W. Stewart preceded him in 2007. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Bud loved his family and friends dearly. Serving for many years as a deacon in his church, he could always be found helping someone with a need, or a project. He loved staying active in his garden, and more recently, his daughter's garden pruning fruit trees and "puttering" around on projects. His laugh, faith, humor, dedication and willingness to help anyone will always be missed. Don't take any wooden nickels Dad!

A private family Military graveside service is planned at the Roseburg National Cemetery.

Published in Eugene Register-Guard on Oct. 2, 2018
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