Northwest NEWS

March 19, 2001



Robert W. Stewart

Robert 'Bob' W. Stewart

Bob Stewart, born Oct. 24, 1923 in Missoula, Mont., passed away March 11, 2001, in Bothell.
   As a young man, Bob played baseball for the Missoula Legion and the Bonner Lumberjacks gaining the nickname Bob "Feller" Stewart as a power pitcher and home run hitter.
   During World War II, he served honorably in the Marine Corps in the South Pacific. He also served in the Korean War.
   He worked for Northern Pacific Railroad as a fireman and engineer in Missoula for a number of years and continued to do so while attending the University of Montana from 1958 through 1961.
   He graduated with honors and a degree in education while continuing his full-time work with the railroad.
   He taught 7th and 8th grade and coached the boys' teams at Lewis and Clark Elementary School in Missoula for the next six years.
   In 1968, he became an officer on the Northern Pacific and later attained the position of superintendent of locomotives with the Burlington Northern in Seattle.
   He retired after 30 years in 1981.
   During his working career, Bob entertained countless fans of Western swing with his sweet fiddle and pedal steel guitar playing over the years with the Bar K-B Ranch Boys, in Missoula, live, on the radio and television.
   Late in his musical career, he played with Rocky Ranch and the Freedom Cowboys in Idaho, both live and on recordings.
   He was a life member of the Musician's Union Local 498 in Missoula and a member of the Western Swing Society.
   Bob was a member of the Masonic Lodge, El Katif Shriners and Scottish Rite for many years.
   He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Margaret Neilsen Stewart; brother Raymond J. Stewart of Seattle; son Larry W. Stewart of Woodinville; daughters Carolyn Stewart of Perth, Ontario, Dianne Hawkins, of Parker, Col., and Terri Juberg of Des Moines; 11 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and 10 nieces and nephews.
   His brother Wesley C. Stewart preceded him in death.
   The family would like to thank the caring staff of the Franciscan Health Care Center in Bothell.
   A memorial service was held at Cottage Lake Presbyterian Church, Wednesday, March 14.
   Remembrances may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association.