ORANGE, Calif. – Lee Roy Stewart, 88, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, from complications of a fractured hip at UCI Medical Center, Orange, Calif. He was a retired teacher.
Services in California are Saturday, Jan. 11, in the United Methodist Church, Garden Grove, Calif. A local funeral service is 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan.18, at Stewart and Carroll Funeral Home. Burial, with military honors by American Legion Post 211, follows in Forsythe Cemetery. Visitation is from 9 a.m. until the service time Jan. 18 at the funeral home.
Mr. Stewart was born Oct. 12, 1931, near Redmon, the son of the late Fred L. and Lillian Barr Stewart. He was the youngest of four children. He married Anna Mae Forsythe March 30, 1952.
He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Anna Mae; sister-in-law, Bettie Forsythe; many nieces and nephews; and special friends, Randy, Mike and Scott Hudson.
He was preceded in death by his sisters Ilene and Violet; brother Dale; nephew Darrell Beard; and brother-in-law Harold Forsythe.
Mr. Stewart graduated in the 1949 class at Paris High School. After working in a factory, he enlisted in the Navy and had his basic training at the U.S. Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, in 1952. He was then assigned to the USS Toledo in Fox Division (Fire Control) where he continued until his release. The ship and crew was sent to Korea three different times during the Korean Conflict.
After his Navy discharge, he went to college in Long Beach, Calif., and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Arts, and later received his Masters Degree. He was a member of Epsilon Tau Fraternity.
During his 31-year tenure at Los Altos High School in Hacienda Heights, he taught driver’s training, graphic arts and photography. He and his students photographed all of the football games, plus worked on the school annual. One of his students became a photographer on cruise ships.
After his retirement in 1994, he was very involved with his USS Toledo reunions, loved attending them, taking pictures for them and silk screening T-shirts for his shipmates. He enjoyed maintaining his yard and traveling.
To characterize Mr. Stewart, he was a loving husband, son, brother and uncle, always ready to help friends and neighbors. He was a longtime member of the United Methodist Church in Garden Grove, Calif.
The family appreciates the excellent care he received in UCI, the ICU team, a special nurse, Seth Trevett, and the hospice team; also his care givers Amy and Ruby.
Memorial donations may be made to UCI Medical Center Research or the charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences at www.stewartandcarrollfuneralhome.com.