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Robert Neil Stewart passes away at age 92

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The Stewart family, formerly of Chesterton, announce the passing of their beloved father, Robert Neil Stewart, 92.

Neil lived the past seven months in Dover, TN, where he was cared for by youngest daughter, Julia Lynn and assisted by daughter Janelle Ann. Neilís two sons also still survive, Neil Wayne in Tavares, Fla., and Byron L., in Sugar Creek, Ohio.

Neil was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Artafae, and eldest daughter Sheryl Joy.

Neil graduated from Chesterton High School in 1941, where he was a star athlete in six man football, basketball, and baseball. He went on to attend Moody Bible Institute, in Chicago; however, his college education was interrupted by WWII, where he served in the Army in the European Theater, including the Battle of the Bulge.

After the war Neil and Artafae started their family with brief stops in Schererville and Fort Wayne before moving to Chesterton in early 1953. Neil was employed for many years at Youngstown Sheet and Tube. He also established a very successful piano tuning business. His real passion was directing the choir and leading the music at the Liberty Bible Church for nearly 30 years.

Neil and Artafae retired to Tavares, Florida, in 1993, where he became a famous member of the local YMCA with his two handed set shot. He played basketball until age 86. Neil had a great sense of humor, loved to share a joke, was always encouraging to others, never complained, and generous to a fault. Most of all Neil had a great relationship with his savior, Jesus Christ, and shared that faith with many. The family is comforted in the assurance that he is with the Lord and we will see him again.


Posted 5/10/2016





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