Friday, August 5, 2011

Goodbye, Grandpa

Lynn William Stewart
January 15, 1916 - July 14, 2011

Grandpa Stewart passed away while we were in Utah.  We were glad to be there to attend and participate in his funeral, but we sure will miss him.  We've expressed a lot of our feelings here, but we also like this selection from his obituary (much of which Grandpa wrote himself starting in the 1960s):
Lynn was born on January 15, 1916 in Ogden, the son of John Franklin and Mary Belle Wayment Stewart. 
On December 17, 1936, Lynn married the love of his life, Reta Almira Maw in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They were married nearly 75 years. 
Except for the four years he lived in Plain City, Utah, he was a lifelong resident of Warren. He graduated from Weber High School in 1934. Lynn was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he served in numerous positions including the presidency of the high priest group, president and counselor of the M.I.A and a teacher in various capacities. 
Lynn worked and ran a dairy farm from his earliest years until 1969. He also worked at the Amalgamated Sugar Company, the Union Pacific Railroad and was a Weber County School District bus driver for 28 years. He was active with the Agriculture & Soil Conservation Committee for 14 years and was always admired for being an extremely reliable, committed and hard worker at everything he did, the greatest legacy he passed on to his family. 
He loved sports and played baseball for many years in the Farm Bureau League and the semi-pro Utah-Idaho League. After playing, he continued in baseball activities as President of the Farm Bureau League and an Athletic Advisor on the North Weber Stake Board for 23 years. He loved hunting and fishing with his family and friends, which he did throughout his life. 
Lynn was an avid reader of all types of books, such as history, church, gardening and biographies. He will be remembered for the magnificent flower and vegetable gardens that he and Reta nurtured for many years to the benefit of their family.
I've said it before, but I think Grandpa's greatest legacy is the way he loved and cared for Grandma for 75 years.

Last Goodbyes 

Grandma with her four boys (from left to right):  Gary (Camille), Pops (Pat), Ted, and Kelly (Becky). 

Not even going to try to name all these grandkids, great-grandkids, etc., but Grandma has a lot of people who love her.

I just liked this picture of Grandma and Tammie at the cemetery.

1 comment:

Heather said...

Wow! That first shot is AMAZING!! That might be the one I want to get enlarged. Do you think it is time for me to decide yet? Maybe I could just make it simple and get a copy of them all :)