Leonard W. Stewart

Dec. 13, 1914-May 12, 2003

WALLA WALLA, Wash. — Leonard W. Stewart, 88, died Monday, May 12, 2003, at the Veteran's Hospital in Walla Walla, Wash.

Mr. Stewart was born on Dec. 13, 1914, in Odgen, Utah, to Edson and MaryAnn Stewart. He had been a resident of Hermiston for more than 40 years.

Mr. Stewart, or "Stew" as his good friends knew him, was a longtime employee of the railroad industry, retiring in 1976 with 27 years of service to the Southern Pacific and Union Pacific railroads, working as a car inspector.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving in both the United States Army and the United States Air Force. He had many other jobs during his life that included ranching, farming, owning his own restaurant and security. He loved to joke that he once had the biggest job working at the circus — washing the elephants with Ringling Bros.

He loved to fish, dance and cook, and always had an open table for those in need. He had a great love for his family.

He is survived by his daughters, Janice Bailey of Ogden, Utah, Linda Leslie of Hermiston and Jeanette Jacques of Hermiston; son, Jimmy Stewart of Kalispell, Mont.; his brother, Lester Stewart of Ogden, Utah; 19 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jessie Stewart, Edson Stewart, Harold Stewart, Glenn Stewart, Leroy Stewart, Warren Stewart and George Stewart; sisters, Ella Stewart, Mildred Stewart, Effie Stewart and Grace Stewart; his first wife, Malena Stewart; his second wife, Martha Chileen Stewart; and his son, Gary W. Stewart.

At his request, there will be no service. Disposition was by cremation.

Mountain View Funeral Chapel of Walla Walla, Wash., was in charge of the arrangements.

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