John T. “Jack” Stewart, 87, Mandan, died January 17, 2013 at Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center, Bismarck.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at First Presbyterian Church, Mandan, with Reverend Deanna Reikow officiating. Burial will take place in the spring at Prairie Home Cemetery, Gilby, ND.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 pm on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at Buehler-Larson Funeral Home, Mandan, and continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.
John T. “Jack” was born November 11, 1925 in Fargo to John “Colin” and Elanor (Trowbridge) Stewart. Raised and educated in Gilby, he entered the Army Air Corp in 1943, serving 29 months as an air mechanic. Returning to Fargo, he attended North Dakota Agriculture, now NDSU, graduating in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science degree. On June 24, 1947, which was also his parents wedding anniversary, he married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Molenaar in Gilby. They made their home in Park River, Gilby, Hillsboro, Mohall and lastly, in Mandan, where they lived for the past 40 years. Jack enjoyed farming, taught agriculture education, and in 1961 started his career as a County Extension Agent, retiring from Morton County in 1990. Jack and Dorothy always loved to travel and had many wonderful trips together across the globe. He also liked stamp collecting, golf, and enjoyed following sports, especially NDSU, the Celtics, Packers, and the Mandan Braves and Chiefs. Jack was a member of Mandan First Presbyterian Church, the Lions Club, 4-H Hall of Fame, Elks, Chamber of Commerce, Masons, and American Legion. A generous and hardworking family man, Jack will forever be remembered as an honest man who touched many lives.
Blessed to have shared his life are three sons, Jeff Stewart, Ashland, OR, Reid Stewart, Hesperia, CA, and Gregg (Ruth) Stewart, Bismarck; eight grandchildren, Dylan, Alissa, Tyler, Thalia, and Carter (Krystal) Stewart, whose homes are spread across Idaho and Washington states, and Denise, Janine, and Rachel Stewart of Bismarck; four great grandchildren, Trinity, Jordin, Riley, and Alexander; three brothers, Bill (Frances) Stewart, Gilby, Bob Stewart, Grand Forks, and Jim (JoAnn) Stewart, West Fargo; and countless former colleagues and friends.
Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy, in August 2010; his parents; and an infant son, Kirk.
The family prefers memorials to the Mandan First Presbyterian Church, 310 3rd Avenue NW, Mandan, ND 58554.