Richard "Dick" Stewart
July 21, 1935 - Feb. 13, 2012
Richard L. "Dick" Stewart of College Place and formerly of Milton-Freewater passed away on Feb. 13, 2012, at the Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla at the age of 76 years. A memorial service will be held on Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home Chapel, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater with Pastor Duane Geyer officiating. A potluck dinner for family and friends will follow at the Milton-Freewater Elks Lodge. Those who wish may make memorial contributions in memory of Dick Stewart to the Milton-Freewater Senior Center or a charity of choice in care of the funeral home.
Richard Lee Stewart was born on July 21, 1935, the son of Henry C. and Mary A. (Cunningham) Stewart in Morrill, Neb. As a young boy, Dick moved west with his family settling in Milton-Freewater in 1937. Dick attended area schools and graduated from McLoughlin High School in 1953. He joined the United States Army and served his country during the Korean Conflict. Upon his honorable discharge, Dick returned home and went to work as a machinist for Continental Canning Company. He was very active in numerous organizations, including the Milton-Freewater Elks Lodge BPOE #2146, VFW Post #4567, American Legion #24, Disabled American Veterans #39, Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Columbia Blues Seniors Golf Association. Dick enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, golfing, traveling and most of all enjoyed life and his family.
Survivors include his dear companion, Mary Lou Crouter of College Place; children, Dorinda Kline of Ghana, Africa, Chana Hyer of Washougal, Wash., Clayton Stewart of Milton-Freewater and Clinton Stewart of Walla Walla; sisters, Cheryl Stewart of Pendleton, Twila Copeland of Milton-Freewater and Barbara Stewart Wagner of Pendleton; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. His parents and a brother, Robert Stewart, preceded him in death.