CLAUDE HOOVER STEWART
Passed away at his home peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, June 20, 2013 after a long illness.
Known affectionately as Grandpa Stu by everyone who knew him, he took immense pleasure in meeting people, getting to know them and swapping stories.
Stu was the son of Walter A. and Susan A. (Vandiver) Stewart, born in Wimer, Nowata County Oklahoma on November 1, 1917. He was the youngest of 10 children and the oldest surviving sibling. Growing up in a large family he was surrounded by role models whose life ethic was to work hard to achieve, take pride in yourself and your work. He lived through some of the toughest times this country has known for the nation and for the family. Stu did not shy away from work or his responsibilities and he always gave respect to his family name.
Stu was an avid golfer beginning the sport in Oklahoma with caddying for others and using discarded clubs and balls. Some of his fondest memories centered on hoboing on the railways from Oklahoma to California with his nephew James Stewart during their high school days.
Proud of and grateful to the country that ensured his freedom to achieve what he was willing to work for, he gave back to her during WWII
by serving in the Army
Medical Corp as a Surgical Technician.
Over the span of his working life, Stu worked for the California Citrus Pulp in Colton (1940), the Riverside Cement Company and the Food Machinery Corporation in Riverside building tanks for the war effort. In 1952 he gained his license as a General Building Contractor and became a member of the Carpenters Local 944. With the achievement of his contractor's license, he became involved in the building of homes, schools and hospitals throughout the Inland Empire. In the late 1960's he obtained his California Real Estate license.
Stu became a member of the Assembly of God in Riverside in the late 1930's. He took particular personal and professional pride in being involved with the supervision, direction and donation of his time and skills for the building or remodeling of the Assembly of God Churches in San Bernardino, Rialto and Colton beginning in 1946 and also the Colton Four Square Church remodel.
Stu is survived by two sons, Darrell (wife Rochelle) Stewart of Riverside, California and Claude Allen (wife Peggy) Stewart of Boise, Idaho; 7 grandchildren; preceded in death by 1 granddaughter; 13 great grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
Arrangements provided by: Green Acres Memorial Park & Mortuary, 11715 Cedar Avenue, Bloomington, CA 93216
Viewing will be Wednesday June 26, 2013 beginning at 4:00 pm until 8:00pm. Memorial Service will be Thursday June 27, 2013 beginning at 10:00am. Flowers & remembrances may be sent directly to the Mortuary.
"be of good cheer"