Park Hill, OK- Funeral services for Kenneth Lee Stewart will be held on Thursday, August 21st, 2014 at 1:00 PM at Ft. Gibson National Cemetery with Reverend Glen Rowan of First Baptist Church of Hulbert officiating. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 from noon until 6:00 PM at Reed-Culver Chapel. Military honors will be provided by the VFW. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.reedculver.com.
Kenneth Lee Stewart, or "Stewart" to his family and friends, was born on October 24th, 1934 in Muskogee, OK, the son of the late William Perry and Bessie Viola (Cooley) Stewart. He attended and graduated from Muskogee High School. Stewart entered the U.S. Army in 1951 and began his career as an Artillery Field Specialist, as a Master Drill Sergeant, and Air Borne Ranger. This man knew his way around a Howitzer! He faithfully served his country through the Korean and Vietnam Wars, receiving the National Defense, Army Commendation Medal, Bronze Star Medal for Combat, Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Stars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Expert Rifle and Marksman Pistol Medals. He was Honorably Discharged after 17 years of faithful service in 1968. In August of 1960, Stewart met and married the love of his life, Betty J. Norseworthy in Wichita Falls, TX. This union was blessed with one son, Steven and one daughter, Marsha. The family resided in Bloomington, CA from around 1970 until relocating to Oklahoma in 1990. Stewart worked installing underground utilities for Southern California Edison and Telephone and as a carpenter, and he could build anything! From the house to the cabinets in it, to the engine to run the car, Stewart was the man to build it or make it run. He had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed joking and teasing his family and friends, especially his grandbabies. He was a friend to many, the true friend that never asked you where you had been , or why you hadn't done this or that. He liked you just the way you were, and was always glad to see you to share a cup of coffee and a chat. He adored anytime spent with his grandchildren on the boat, fishing or on a treasure trip at Walmart. He was so very proud of them. He was a man of honor, truth, and integrity. He was a member of the VFW and American Legion Post 135. Stewart went home to his final rest on Sunday, August 17th, 2014, following complications of a truck accident. He was 79 years old. He will be missed for his smile, his unconditional love, and his life by example.
He is preceded in death by his parents, one beloved grandson, Steven Drew Stewart, two brothers, Samuel and William Stewart, and two sisters, Ida Mae and Janice Marie Stewart.
Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife, Betty Stewart of the home, son Steven Wayne Stewart of Colton, CA and daughter, Marsha Marie Cariker of Tahlequah, OK. He leaves one brother, Edward Stewart and wife Sandy of Grand Terrace, CA and two sisters, Sylvia June Fox and husband Norman of Montana and Linda Joan Stewart-Steinberg of Bloomington, CA. Stewarts legacy lives on in his three adored grandchildren, Matt Bowlin and wife Alyssa of Grand Terrace, CA, Colton Cariker and his sister Hanna Cariker both of Tahlequah, OK as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends and loved ones.