John Charles Stewart

John Charles Stewart

ELMORE — John Charles Stewart, 79, passed away Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. A funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, at Shiloh Lutheran Church in Elmore, with Rev. Robert Roettger officiating.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at Patton Funeral Home in Blue Earth, and one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Elmore.

John was born June 22, 1940, to John and Lygia (Steuer) Stewart, on their family farm in Pilot Grove Township, Minn. He attended country school and later attended Elmore High School where he participated in football, basketball and track. He graduated in 1958 and went on to attend Ag School at the University of Minnesota. John returned to the family farm in 1961.

John married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Marilyn Viland, on Aug. 19, 1961, at East Chain Lutheran Church. This union was blessed with a son, Todd, and a daughter, Natalie.

Everyone who encountered John knew he was a “gentle man.” He was a kind, caring, loving, faithful servant of God. John loved his family. He and his family shared many great adventures and thousands of memorable moments.

He was an active member of Shiloh Lutheran Church in Elmore, he served on the board of Elmore Public Schools and Frost Benco Electric Board.

He loved hunting and fishing with his friends and family. He especially enjoyed fishing on Lake Winnibigoshish and he knew where all the “holes” were so he could ensure his grandchildren would catch a fish.

He loved farming, doing Sudoku puzzles and the many friends who they wintered in Arizona with.

John is survived by his wife, Marilyn; son, Todd (Michele) Stewart of Elmore; daughter, Natalie (Scott) Heckert of Alexandria; grandchildren, Isaac (Whitney), Elijah and Alexis Heckert, Alexander, Zaine and Olivia Stewart; great-grandson, Jackson Heckert; brother, Kenneth (Joan) Stewart; sisters-in-law, Lorraine Stewart, Elli Stewart and Sherry (Curtis) Simon; many special nieces, nephews, cousins, other extended family members and friends.

John was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Robert and Harry; sister, Elaine (Don) Hoppe; and his parents-in-law, Orville and Flossie Viland.

His family and friends were all blessed to have John in their lives. John Stewart was a much-loved man. His faith, family and friends were the most important things in the world to him. He will be missed greatly by all who knew him.