John C. Stewart, 79
Elmore John Charles Stewart, age 79, passed away Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. A funeral service was held Saturday, Oct. 12, at Shiloh Lutheran Church in Elmore at 2 p.m., Rev. Robert Roettger officiated. Visitation was Friday Patton Funeral Home in Blue Earth and continued one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was at Riverview Cemetery in Elmore.
John was born on June 22, 1940 to John and Lygia (Steuer) Stewart on their family farm in Pilot Grove Township. He attended country school and later attended Elmore High School where he participated in football, basketball and track. He graduated in 1958 and went on to attend Ag School at the University of Minnesota. John returned to the family farm in 1961.
John married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Marilyn Viland on Aug. 19, 1961 at East Chain Lutheran Church. This union was blessed with a son, Todd and a daughter, Natalie.
Everyone who encountered John knew he was a “gentle man.” He was a kind, caring, loving, faithful servant of God. John loved his family! He and his family shared many great adventures and thousands of memorable moments.
He was an active member of Shiloh Lutheran Church in Elmore, he served on the board of Elmore Public Schools and Frost Benco Electric Board. He loved hunting and fishing with his friends and family. He especially enjoyed fishing on Lake Winnibigoshish, and he knew where all the “holes” were so he could ensure his grandchildren would catch a fish! He loved farming, doing Sodoku puzzles and the many friends who they wintered in Arizona with.
John is survived by his wife, Marilyn; son, Todd (Michele) Stewart, of Elmore; daughter, Natalie (Scott) Heckert, of Alexandria; grandchildren, Isaac (Whitney), Elijah and Alexis Heckert, Alexander, Zaine and Olivia Stewart; great-grandson, Jackson Heckert; his brother, Kenneth (JoAnn) Stewart; sisters-in-law, Lorraine Stewart, Ellie Stewart and Sherry (Curtis) Simon; as well as many special nieces, nephews, cousins, other extended family members and friends.
John is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Robert and Harry; sister, Elaine (Don) Hoppe; and his parents-in-law, Orville and Flossie Viland.
His family and friends were all blessed to have John in their lives.
John Stewart was a much-loved man. His faith, family and friends were the most important things in the world to him. He will be missed greatly by all who knew him.