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.