Cordell Stewart |

Cordell Stewart

Cordell "Stu" Stewart passed on Nov. 5, 2013, and a part of the hearts of everyone in his family passed with him.

Stu was the epitome of what a man, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather should be — an example to all who knew him. Stu did not "talk" about love … he "lived" it. He was a kind, quiet man who gave generously without ever expecting anything in return. He was always fair, always helpful and always forgiving. He always put the needs of others before his own.

Although everyone liked Stu, and he liked most in return, his family was his life and joy. Left to miss him is his one and only wife of over 60 years, Mary; children Gwen Larsen, Craig, Jeff and Laura Christofk and their spouses; nine grandchildren and their spouses; and 22 great-grandchildren … quite a legacy.

Stu was a "regular" at all the local thrift stores. He was always on the lookout for a good deal and blue shirts. Stu owned and operated a small sign-framing business out of his big red barn. He always said he would never want to "retire" because he loved what he was doing, always tinkering, putzing and gardening, never in a big rush. What a great life he enjoyed — deliberately simple.

Our loss is Heaven's gain. Goodbye for now Dad … and thank you.

Stu will be celebrated by his family simply, privately on Thanksgiving day — just how he would have wanted it.

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