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JOHN R. STEWART, JR. 10/02/1947 01/15/2017 John Stewart died suddenly of a heart attack on January 15, 2017. John was born the middle of three kids, in the middle of the heartland, Iola, Kansas. His parents, John R. Stewart, Sr. and Mable (Sawyer) Stewart bestowed upon him much love. John's Dad was a WWII Navy veteran, who came home and started his family. It made sense then that John immediately joined the Navy, in his father's footsteps, once he graduated from Derby Senior High School, Derby, KS, in 1965. John was smart, obtaining an AA in Mechanical Engineering while in the Navy. His intelligence allowed him to rise up the enlisted ranks to work on Trident Nuclear Warheads. John's Naval career had him stationed in Dunoon, Scotland where he met the fair and beautiful, Lorraine Gunn. In September 1970, John and Lorraine welcomed their only daughter, Rebecca Lynn. John retired from the Navy after 23 honorable years. John and Lorraine made the decision to move to the Tri-Cities to be closer to his siblings, and to assist in the care of his elderly mother in 1995. John got hired on with Washington State Department of Agriculture in 1997 or so. John enjoyed his job, and all the wonderful people he worked with not only in the office, but out at the sheds. John enjoyed the challenge of the position but mostly, he just genuinely liked the people. John is preceded in death by his beloved brother, Steven Lee Stewart, and his parents John and Mable Stewart. John's ashes will be spread in the places he loved the most by his family, to be determined at a later date. A portion of his ashes will be buried at the Veteran Memorial Cemetery in Medical Lake, Washington. John is survived by his loving wife, Lorraine, his daughter, Rebecca (Dan Green), and his sister, Sondra Watkins and her partner, Randy Hende. Finally, John is survived by his friends. His friends were his extended family, John loved them as he loved Mom and me. John camped, skied, snowmobiled, quaded, hiked, pulled on his boat, laughed, commiserated over the wind on the lake and the lack of stars at night with these people. Their sons were his sons. Holman Family, Dielessen Family, Piccolo Family, Ryan Family you were loved so much. You are still loved so much. To his Ag Family I think his love of you was just as fierce. To everyone, thanks for being his friend. John was a lion of man and his presence on this earth will be missed forever. A Celebration of John's Life will be held on Saturday March 18, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. until 3 p.m. at The Holiday Inn Express in Pasco, Washington (4525 Convention Pl, Pasco, WA 9930, near the Trac). This is an informal gathering/open house all are invited, and those who would like to say a few words or share a few stories about John are greatly encouraged. A light lunch will be served. In lieu of flowers John's family asks that a donation be made in his name to the Wounded Warriors Organization.
Published in Tri-City Herald on Mar. 17, 2017