Richard P. "Ricky" Stewart II
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35, of Dover, died Monday, May 26, 2014, in the Cleveland Clinic lovingly surrounded by
his family. Ricky was an IT Specialist at Joel Pomerene Hospital in Millersburg where he has been employed the past three years. He had previously worked in IT at the former Twin City Hospital in Dennison. Born Jan. 6, 1979, in Canton, Ohio, he was the son of Rick and Gay (Gardner) Stewart of Dover. Ricky was an assistant track coach at Tuscarawas Central Catholic High School, having coached both discus and shot put. He was a 1997 graduate of Dover High School having excelled in football where he wore #79 and was also a member of the track and wrestling teams along with the high school show choir. He graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College and earned 2nd place in the discus throw in the state of West Virginia. He was a member of the Theta Xi Fraternity and over the years continued to remain in contact with his fraternity brothers. He was also a member of the New Philadelphia Elks lodge. Ricky was an avid Cleveland Indians fan and will be remembered as a "family man". His family was everything to Ricky and enjoyed spending as much time as he could with them.
In addition to his parents, he will be sadly missed by his family including his wife, Heather (Perkins) Stewart; two daughters, Maegan Rose (3 years old) and Kathryn Renee (3 months old); his sister, Stacy Stewart of Streetsboro, Ohio; mother-in- law, Daphne Perkins of Dover and father-in-law, Randy Perkins of Arkansas; paternal grandmother, Jean Stewart of Canton; he is also survived by his brother-in-law and sister-in-law along; with numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins, and two nieces.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Willard and Beverlee Gardner; paternal grandfather, Jack Stewart; a cousin, Billy Gardner; and an uncle, Gary Gardner. A graveside service will be held Saturday, May 31, 2014 beginning at 11 a.m. in the Dover Burial Park with Fr. Jimmy Hatfield officiating. Friends may call at the Toland-Herzig Funeral Home & Crematory at Dover on Friday from 4-8p.m. Elks services will begin at 8.p.m. Those unable to attend or who may wish to express a fond memory of Ricky may sign the online guestbook by visiting the "obituaries and flowers" link on the funeral home website at:
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Richard P. Stewart II Memorial Fund, c/o the Dover branch of the First National Bank of Dennison, 824 Boulevard, Dover, Ohio 44622 to be used for the future education of Ricky's daughters.
Toland-Herzig Funeral Homes & Crematory
803 N Wooster Ave
Dover, OH 44622
Published in The Times Reporter on May 29, 2014