Jack Stewart, 72, of Greenfield, passed away Oct. 16, 2014. He was born in 1941, to Robert and Evelyn Stewart in Mason, West Virginia.
He attended Wahama High School and achieved the highest level in Boy Scouts, an Eagle Scout. After graduation from high school, he immediately joined the Army. After serving in Korea, Japan and Germany he had attained the rank of Sergeant and had completed three years of college in the Army’s education program. He was then selected for Officer Candidate School. After commissioning as a Lieutenant, he served multiple tours in Vietnam, where he was three times decorated for valor and twice wounded. After that conflict, then Major Stewart worked to implement the all-volunteer Army concept, first as a recruiting supervisor in Wisconsin and then as a director of the Army Recruiting School at Fort Harrison. After 22 years of military service and completion of an MBA from Indiana University, he entered a second career in durable goods manufacturing. He worked in managerial positions at plant, division and corporate level culminating in his final position of HR and Quality Control at Schrader International Headquarters in Chicago.
He and his wife enjoyed the small town appeal of Greenfield and chose to retire here where he enjoyed reading, gardening, travel, Colts football and caring for the critters who lived in his residence and back acres. He also enjoyed volunteering with the American Red Cross and the Hancock County Historical Society. His lifetime love of animals lead him to volunteer with P.A.W.S. and he particularly enjoyed working with the animals at Greenfield/Hancock County Animal Control.
Survivors are his beloved wife, of 45 years, Elayne; daughters, Jolie (Gary) Larsen of Beloit, Wisc.; Kim (Jeff) Wall of Winfield, Ill.; son, Mark (Majbritt) Stewart, two lovely granddaughters, Danika and Devin Stewart of Kenosha, Wisc.; sister-in-law "Gladdie" Stewart; nephew Wayne Andrew Stewart; niece Robin Hankinson of Mason, W VA; and sister-in-law Holly Isaacs of Dunedin, Fla.. He will be deeply missed by his beloved dogs, Chocolate and Hannah.
He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Evelyn Stewart, and brother, George Robert Stewart of Mason, W VA.
Visitation will be held from 4 – 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at Erlewein Mortuary & Crematory, 1484 W. US Hwy. 40, Greenfield, IN 46140. A memorial service will take place immediately following the visitation. Pastor Steve Bradley will be officiating. As per Jack's wishes, he will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Wounded Warrior Project 4899 Belfort Rd., Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256 or PAWS (Partners for Animal Welfare Society), 1547 N. State St., Greenfield IN 46140.
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The family would like to thank the entire staff at St. Vincent’s Heart Hospital for the excellent care he received there, especially by the nursing staff on the 2nd floor.
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