Frederick John Stewart, 86, formerly of Clemons, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at Villa del Sol in Marshalltown, following a courageous battle with cancer. Visitation will be prior to services on Friday, Nov. 9, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Mitchell Family Funeral Home with services Friday at 2:30 p.m. Burial will follow at the Rose Hill Cemetery Memorial Gardens.
Frederick was born on Aug. 13, 1926, to Fred M. and Fern Spence Stewart, of Clemons. He graduated from Clemons Consolidated School in 1945. On Oct. 15, 1950, he married Donna Kent. They lived in Marshalltown and Albion before settling in Clemons to raise their family. Frederick worked many years for the Clemons gravel pit, and in 1966 he began working at Fisher Controls until his retirement in 1988. He enjoyed woodworking and fishing, and was always ready to help with his family's home repair projects. Frederick and Donna moved to West South Street in Marshalltown in 1974. Together they enjoyed camping, traveling, and volunteering for the Iowa River Hospice garage sales. Following his beloved Donna's death in 2009, Frederick enjoyed spending time with new friends at the Senior Center, and dancing whenever and wherever a band was playing, up to the last two months of his illness.
Survivors include three children: Mary Lou Stewart, John (Gloria) Stewart and Michael Stewart, all of Marshalltown; two grandchildren: Brent (Liz) Stewart, of Gilbert, and Brady (Laura) Stewart, of Huxley; five great grandchildren: Paige and Calvin Stewart, of Gilbert, and Payton, Bailey and Graham Stewart, of Huxley; two sisters: Faye Carlson, of California, and Fernette Smith, of Marshalltown; sister-in-law Marie Smiley, of Utah, and very special friend, Helen Stover, of Marshalltown, and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents; wife Donna; and sisters Frances Nichols, Forestine Whitmore and Farol Otto.